He was attracted to reconstruction, he says, because “You can truly add a bit of wholeness back to the patient.” With what Sherbert modestly terms a simple act of surgery, his experience has shown that reconstruction can completely change a patient’s outlook on her diagnosis and its treatment – as well as her life and personal relationships. “The simple act of doing an operation can really restore more than a breast,” he says. “We’re restoring a human being again.” The notion of restoration – physical and psychological – is woven throughout Sherbert’s work.
Laser Surgery Course – 1994 OHEP, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Basic Microsurgery Course – 1994 Craniofacial Institute, Providence Hospital, Southfield, Michigan
Oculoplastic Surgery Course – 1994 William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan
Michigan Board of Medicine ID Number 430-105-1281 Date: 1989
American Medical Association
Michigan State Medical Society
Oakland County Medical Society
Detroit Surgical Association
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons
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Approximately 60 percent of his practice includes cosmetic breast work and breast reconstruction. He is also accomplished and enjoys other facets of plastic surgery – including facelifts, eye-lifts, liposuction, rhinoplasty and abdominoplasty. Sherbert has also trained in the latest techniques of ultrasonic-assisted liposuction and carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing. He views his doctor-patient relationships as honest, collaborative efforts. This means Sherbert takes special care to understand each patient’s goals – and in return he educates them about the feasibility of meeting those expectations. “This is an odyssey that we both go through,” he says. After the decision to proceed, “The only thing you are limited by in plastic surgery is your ingenuity,” he says.
Intraoperative reliability of the TRAM Flap Skin Paddle in Breast Reconstruction
Pike Flap for nipple reconstruction
Nation Survey of TRAM Flap, use and results
Dawn Flap: Breast Reconstruction in the year 2000
He enjoys the challenge of reconstruction. In order to match a new breast with its mate, many elements of cosmetic breast surgery – including reduction, augmentation, and resuspension – can come into play. Sherbert combines these skills, along with his own creativity, to lend a natural, “unoperated” look. And since each person’s anatomy is different, each patient poses a unique assignment.
Daniel Sherbert, M.D., F.A.C.S., of West Maple Plastic Surgery in West Bloomfield, MI, considers himself a healthy mix of surgeon, artist and collaborator. First and foremost, though, he is a highly trained surgeon. Sherbert, who grew up outside Kalamazoo, MI, spent most of the 1980s and early ’90s learning and perfecting his craft. He went to Michigan State University as an undergraduate and followed that with training in general and plastic surgery at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He capped his schooling off in 1994 with a six-month fellowship with Dr. Carl Hartrampf of St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Hartrampf was a pioneer in breast reconstruction. In 1981, Hartrampf took tissue removed in an abdominoplasty – a “tummy tuck” – and used it to create a new, living breast. Before that, an implant was the only available choice. Sherbert was intrigued with Hartrampf’s work. “It completely revolutionized breast reconstruction,” he says. Now, Sherbert says, this method is the “gold standard” for breast reconstruction surgery. The experience with Hartrampf led to Sherbert’s finesse as a sub-specialist in the field. Emotionally, “I’ve always found that breast cancer was one of the most devastating diseases,” says Sherbert. “Not only to the patient, but to the family.”
General Surgery, 1995
Plastic Surgery, 1997
Daniel Sherbert, M.D., F.A.C.S., of West Maple Plastic Surgery in West Bloomfield, MI, considers himself a healthy mix of surgeon, artist and collaborator.
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