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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What Does Open Heart Surgery Actually Mean?

Does open heart surgery mean doctors literally open the heart? Or that they open the chest to get to the heart? It all depends on a lot of factors…

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Aviation, Medicine and Other Potential Technology Disasters

In medicine, as in aviation, more technology may not be better. Taking away from human operator control might be more dangerous than previously thought.

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The Truth About Vaping: What E-Cig Makers Don’t Want You to Know

E-cigarette makers tout themselves as a better alternative to tobacco smoking. They’re lying! Here’s why…

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Medicine’s Barbaric Little Secret: IVs Don’t Have to Hurt

Starting IVs without local anesthesia is a horrible and immoral practice. Demand this treatment first if you or a loved one is in the hospital.


Most Powerful Opioid Yet—What You Need to Know

Sufentanil (Dsuvia), a newly FDA-approved opioid, is 1,000 times more potent than morphine. Do the risks outweigh the benefits?

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New, Drug-Free Post-Surgical Pain Relief

A newly approved device can reduce or eliminate the need for any pain meds (especially opioids) after surgery…and has benefits beyond pain relief too.

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Game-Changing Pain Relief After Surgery: Exparel

The ever-present opioid epidemic is killings thousands worldwide. Enter Exparel, which may eliminate the need for any oral narcotic following surgery.

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New Hope for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Fibromyalgia is a disease that has been so mysterious and elusive, but there may be a game-changing diagnostic test and a new treatment on the horizon.

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Avoid Family Conflicts When a Parent is Ill or Dying

Advanced planning is key to prevent even more difficulties when a parent is seriously ill. What you need to do well before illness or disability occurs.

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Beware of the Hospitalist System of Care: What You Need to Know When You Are in the Hospital

Three-quarters of patients today are cared for by a group of rotating “hospitalists”—not their own doctors. This system may be good for hospitals, but it is not providing the...

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While People Die from Overdoses, Doctors Are Running Short of Opioids

Did you know that there actually is an opioid shortage? And no one is talking about it—until now. In this edition of the Bottom Line Advocator, Dr. David Sherer discusses with Bo...

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Prednisone: Overprescribed, Misused and Misunderstood—What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You

While there is a place for prednisone, the drug is being overprescribed at an alarming rate, putting patients at risk for dangerous side effects while rarely solving the underlying...

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What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You About his Medical Training

Western, or “allopathic,” medicine is defined as a system in which medical professionals treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation or surgery. In short, we’re treati...

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Parents: Stop the Childhood Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

Sugary sodas, empty-calorie snacks and a sedentary lifestyle is behind the type 2 diabetes rise in our kids. If you are a parent, you should be scared.

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An Index of Suspicion: The Lost Art of Diagnosis

There was a legendary doctor who personified diagnosis as an art, not just a science. That art is being lost.

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Beware: Syphilis Is On the Rise

Not often seen in recent decades, syphilis has made an unfortunate resurgence. What to look out for…and how to protect yourself.

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Why the Increase in Suicide???

Having suffered from depression for much of my life, I understand the pain and struggle. Here, the root causes of the suicide epidemic…and self-defense.

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Stem Cell Clinics Dispense Dangerous Medicine

Many stem cell clinics have opened claiming to treat heart disease, Parkinson’s, stroke, vision problems and more. Why you can’t trust their claims.

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Is Ketamine the New Magic Bullet Against Depression?

Ketamine for depression may be the most exciting new development in psychopharmacology. 5 things to know if you’re considering it.

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How to Care for Your Body’s Largest Organ (It’s Not Skin)

The body’s largest organ is the lining of your blood vessels. Here’s how to take care of it—to prevent heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and more.