David Sherer, MD

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 and What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You. 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.

Personal Safety

Protect Yourself From Anesthesia Errors

If you’ve ever had a biopsy, colonoscopy, joint replacement or heart procedure, you’ve experienced the miracle of anesthesia firsthand. Medication…

Personal Care

Get A Second Opinion

Perhaps you have been diagnosed with something as serious as cancer or something less serious such as a torn rotator…

Personal Care

Beyond COVID… The Age of Self-Testing

Not long ago, at-home health tests were only for pregnancy and g­lucose monitoring. But advances in understanding of the human…


Headed to the Hospital? Protect Yourself from an Infection

The hospital is the place we go to get well and feel better. But far too often, patients seek medical…

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

C-Section Anesthesia Linked to Post-Partum Depression

Expectant mothers, beware! There’s a clear link between depression in mothers who deliver by cesarean section and the use of general anesthesia. Here’s why, and self-defense.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

The Benefits of Music in Our Difficult Time

Music therapy is an inexpensive and easy way to transform your mood. You might be surprised by the positive benefits you will accrue, whether by listening or making your own.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

Take the Pain Out of Immunization Shots

There are proven ways to give vaccinations that are virtually painless. And less pain is what a fatigued and scared populace needs now, don't you think?

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

What Exactly Do We Mean By a “Vaccine”?

The news is full of stories about the new vaccines against COVID-19: who is producing it, safety, effectiveness, etc. But few people fully understand what vaccination actually mean...

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.

Health Care Facilities

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.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.


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

The fear and anxiety surrounding coronavirus are off the charts.


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…

What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

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.