During her tenure as a professor at the school – including chair of the school’s Acute Care Section since 2002 – Doering has been instrumental in the implementation of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program. She has also developed a research program focusing on the evaluation of physiologic and psychosocial adaptation in high-risk patients with cardiac disease. Most recently, Doering’s work has focused on the relationship of inflammatory biomarkers for depression and its treatment in patients recovering from coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Doering took an unusual route to nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Stanford University, then took a position as a ward secretary at UC San Francisco’s Moffitt Hospital. There, she saw firsthand how important nursing care was to patients’ physical and emotional recovery. She went on to become a cardiology clinical nurse specialist under the mentorship of Dr. Kathleen Dracup, then a professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and now dean of the UC San Francisco School of Nursing. After earning her doctorate, Doering joined the UCLA School of Nursing faculty for the 1994-95 academic year.