David Sherer

David Sherer, MD, is an American physician, author and inventor. He is the lead author of Hospital Survival Guide: The Patient Handbook to Getting Better and Getting Out. He is a member of Leading Physicians of the World, and a multitime winner of HealthTap’s leading anesthesiologists award. Dr. Sherer has retired from his clinical anesthesiology practice in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and now focuses on patient education, writing and patient advocacy. He holds two US patents in the fields of critical care medicine and telecommunications.

Appearing in all forms of media, he is a tireless advocate for hospitalized patients, and believes that individual responsibility, and not government intervention, is the key to improving the general health and wellbeing of all Americans. His memoir, The House of Black and White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson is his first work of non-medically related nonfiction.

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Beware of Atrial Fibrillation After Any Surgery

A new study shows that an irregular heartbeat (Afib) can develop following any type of surgery, not just cardiac. Steps to protect yourself or a loved one from this dangerous risk.

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COVID-19 Revisited 7 Months Later

Let's examine what has happened in seven months about our understanding of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and gain some perspective for the future.

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How to Survive the Hospital

Hospitals can be life-saving but patients risk new infections in this time of COVID-19 and other dangers. A new roadmap for surviving your stay.

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Your Medical Record: Is it Truly Yours?

Who owns your medical record? Is it you, the doctor or healthcare organization(s)? What if you’ve seen doctors at different hospitals and clinics? The answers may surprise you.

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Humans vs. Virus: Curing Hepatitis C

In the battle against COVID-19, we can find hope from another long-feared viral disease, hepatitis C. If you are at high risk, talk to your doctor about getting tested.

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What You Don’t Know About What Doctors Know

You likely know more your hair stylist than the people watching over your health. Here’s the education and cost doctors endure to be able to treat you.

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Don’t Let Spinal or Epidural Anesthesia Give You a Headache

New mothers are especially at risk of migraine after giving birth, whether vaginal or by C-section. Self-defense against this anesthesia side effect.

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Make the Most of Your Telemedicine Visit

Prepare in advance for better care during a telemedicine consult. Eight-point checklist to help you communicate efficiently and effectively.

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What Does It Mean to Be on a Ventilator?

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised fears about being on a ventilator. Here’s what it means…plus tips should that unlikely but daunting prospect arise.

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What They’re Not Saying About Coronavirus—Sarah Hiner Talks with David Sherer

The fear and anxiety surrounding coronavirus are off the charts.

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Should We Really Panic About the New Coronavirus COVID-19?

As a physician who has studied epidemiology, statistics and infectious disease, I believe the risks of the new coronavirus are overblown. Here’s why…

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Doctor Shortages Coming: What You Can Do About It

The number of doctors in the US will soon be insufficient to meet America's growing and aging populace. Six steps to protect ourselves.

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Is a Medical Miracle in Your Future?

Why a miracle cure for sickle cell disease gives hope for patients with cancer, neurologic, autoimmune, endocrine and other "hopeless" diseases.

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Your Best New Year’s Resolution? Go Against the Grain

Many people make New Year’s resolutions that are broken by Valentine’s Day. But, if you plan to keep one resolution, let it be this…

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Why Does an Emergency Room Visit Take So Long?

Long ER visits have been an issue for years but it appears to be getting worse. Seven steps you can take to help yourself and others.

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Men: Time to “Man Up!”

Why is it that men are so stubborn about taking care of themselves? Articles put out by The Huffington Post…

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It Is Time to Stop Stigmatizing Mental Illness

Emotional illness is the one commonly avoided health issue. Sufferers are mistakenly seen as deficient in character, moral fiber or both.

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MD or DO: Does Your Doctor’s Degree Matter?

20% of medical school enrollment is at osteopathic schools. How their training differs from a medical doctor’s and how it affects your care…

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My Favorite Advances in Medicine and Health Care

After 35 years in medicine, my favorite new therapies, tests and trends that I’ve observed personally and read about or heard discussed at conferences.

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The Four Most Disturbing Trends in Medicine

Doctors and patients are making major mistakes in health care (both medical care and self-care). The four worst, and what can be done to turn it around…