Dr. Michele Shermak, MD

Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryFemaleAge 55

Dr. Shermak
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Michele A. Shermak, MD

1304 Bellona Ave Lutherville, MD 21093

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Dr. Michele Shermak, MD is a Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in Lutherville, MD and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine medical school in 1992. She is affiliated with medical facilities such as Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Northwest Hospital Center. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Shermak to book an appointment.

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On the morning of my mastectomy, Dr. Shermak tried pressuring me to change my mind to do immediate reconstruction. It was very upsetting when I was already extremely anxious and emotional. No surgeon should pressure a patient into anything right before their surgery!! 1 week post-op, I emailed her that I had a “clenching” type pain that would stop me in my tracks. Dr. Shermak had the audacity to email back that I should take the benzo and pain pills she prescribed and she’d see me on Monday when she retuned from traveling. She said thousands of women had survived mastectomies, just as I would, and to take the pills, go outside and get some fresh air! I would not return to her for care after this!! I ended up in the ER with chills, fever 103.5, BP of 60/40 and going into septic shock from a Staph infection!! She treated me with such disregard, like some crazy patient! Hospitalized for 4 nights-my expander & necrotic tissue removed. Had to start reconstruction all over! Almost died!!!!
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Oct 27, 2021
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I ended up not using Dr. Shermak even though my Breast surgeon said that her skills and the procedure she uses were amazing. I came away from my initial consultation feeling devalued and that my questions were shut down. That's when I looked up her reviews and saw that this wasn't just an 'off day' but to be expected, even if not always. I am very happy with the surgeon I ended up with, even if the procedure was not as advanced. I appreciated hearing from others and hope my words can help someone decide what they want to do.
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Sep 02, 2020
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I agree with some of the comments below. If the outcome is good she is very friendly but when your not happy with something the mood definitely changes. I has a neck lift and was not happy. So had it redone and it’s still awful. Not one compliment on her work. Breast reduction went well but one got infected and had issues with it. Have terrible scars. You can tell if they are not happy with the outcome because their are no photos taken when done! I do not recommend
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  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Aug 19, 2020
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After reading many of these reviews, I was so scared to have Dr Shermak as my reconstructive surgeon in conjunction with my bilateral mastectomy. However, my breast surgeon insisted that she was the only one with whom he would work. I felt manipulated to use her and very conflicted. However my results were great! She performed two nipple sparing reconstructions and I did not have any post operative infections. These were my two biggest concerns. I was so happy. I must admit that I agree with what others say that she can be moody, dismissive, and was not compassionate with my post op pain. She made me feel like it was not appropriate to need more pain medication but I was experiencing a lot of nerve pain post op. Overall her surgical skills were great. I need touch up surgery but am happy overall. She is not warm and fuzzy at all. I think as a breast cancer patient, I needed more compassion emotionally. I would recommend her for her skills, but not for her bedside manner.
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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May 19, 2020
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Outstanding, She was very kind understanding, she answered all of our questions she was there to support and encourage My daughter. My daughter was her youngest patient and her first African-American patient but she did a wonderful wonderful job!!! I have recommended her to everyone at work. I work in the healthcare, One of the best doctor patient Relationships I’ve ever seen .
What went well
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Joanie ONeal – Apr 18, 2020
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Dr Shermak was the plastic surgeon recommended by my breast cancer surgeon. I should have gotten a second opinion. The end result is not attractive and in every meeting with her since she has been very dismissive with all of my questions and concerns. After consulting another plastic surgeon, I now know that she did a poor job with my reconstruction. Although it is common to need a follow up surgery, my results are still bad. The new surgeon has taken the time to answer all of my questions and explain what to expect moving forward. Do not go to Dr Shermak!
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Jan 01, 2020
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If you are a breast cancer patient who needs reconstruction, do NOT go to Dr. Shermak, even if she is recommended by your breast surgeon. She does not provide you with any information and gets annoyed if you ask questions. You will get a curt answer and attitude. Acted like the considerable complications I experienced were my fault. She treats her cosmetic patients very nicely (I’ve heard her), that is clearly where her interest lies.
What went well
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Baltimore, MD – Jun 06, 2019
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Very passionate about her field and herself. Did a decent job on my surgery, but I did have complications and those who have stated that she cannot take blame and has bad bedside manner are accurate. She is a good doctor but her attitude is lacking. No sympathy, rushes through appointments, doesn’t explain anything to you in detail- just expects you to know. Her mood changes depending on how your results are looking when you see - if good, she’s good; of bad or you question anything, mood shifts to blame placing and defense, versus the supportive and helpful attitude a patient needs. Not sure I would go to her again, simply based on that. Maybe another doctor in her practice.
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May 02, 2019
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Dr. Shermak is amazing!! Her surgical skills are best of the best (Hopkins trained) and her bedside manner is laid back and comforting- like having a girlfriend take care of you! I am 6 days post op after having a tummy tuck and lipo and I can’t even believe how amazing I look!!! And that’s with swelling and drains!!! Highly recommended!!!!
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Amy in Towson, MD – Dec 29, 2018
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I had a minor surgical procedure with Dr. Shermak. She was able to fit me into her schedule very quickly. She has a very good bedside manner as well as a kind and attentive personality. She listened to all of my questions and concerns and answered them all thoroughly. I am so happy with my results. Highly Recomended!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Carson Ford in Baltimore, MD – Jun 07, 2018
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It would be immoral for me to recommend any other plastic surgeon over Dr. Shermak. She's the best in the biz and has been super helpful with any questions I have had. Highly recommend!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Baltimore – May 10, 2018
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Dr. Shermak had angry outbursts during the day of my surgery and at follow ups. My liposuction results are terrible. I have dents, lumps, sagging and wrinkled skin. She is one of the most unprofessional doctors I have ever seen, I filed a complaint with the Medical Board.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dec 22, 2017
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Worse experience of my life! Worse then finding out that I had breast Cancer.Horrible!!!! She is a bipolar ! I was used as a guinea pig. I was butchered! I went to different surgeon and what a difference !! There is no reason to be bullied by her, her lack of professionalism and terrible bedside manner. The outcome is the same, terrible!! She acts like she is entitled !! Stay far away if you care about how you look.
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What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Washington, DC – May 23, 2017
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She has no bedside manner ,rude and thinks she is God .she messes up allots,but will never admit it and will blame it on you.stay far away!!!
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Mount Vernon, NY – Jan 01, 2017
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I had a previous surgery that just did not heal properly. My experience with Dr. Shermak has been nothing short of stellar. I was one of those patients who seemed to have a problem with each step we took. Dr. Shermak answered all my questions either in person, on the phone or via email. She calmed me down and reassured me when I thought there was no hope. Her patience with me was impressive. The staff were accommodating, helpful and caring. Best decision I ever made!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kelly in Bel Air , MD – Dec 15, 2016
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Dr. Shermak was so helpful and answered any questions I had in office or over email and my results were exactly what I wanted. The office was beautifully kept and the staff was so friendly! Best decisions I've ever made!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Amanda H in Ellicott City, MD – Dec 09, 2016
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Difficult case going in. Super satisfied with procedure. Dr. Shermak was with me all the way!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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StaceyAP in Baltimore, MD – Oct 17, 2016
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Dr. Shermack sincerely cares about her patients. I have been a patient since November 2013, when first diagnosed with breast cancer. She take great pride in her work, yet puts the patient's needs first. I recently had my last breast reconstruction surgery and am doing very well. I know it sounds crazy, but I will miss visiting her office and staff- it is always a pleasant experieince and has been a big part of the last 2 1/2 years. Amy Grimes April 2016
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Amy Grimes in Parkville, MD – Apr 15, 2016
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I went to Dr. Michele Shermak for a tummy tuck, muscle repair and liposuction. I am 58 and had lost 178 pounds and had a lot of extra skin. The results were stunning. I had no idea I would be able to get a flat stomach and curvy sides! She is a skilled surgeon, but also attentive and open during office visits - but the most astounding thing was her responsiveness to emails when I had any questions. I highly recommend her.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Linthicum Heights, MD – Apr 11, 2016
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Dr. Shermak is a wonderful surgeon who is very dedicated to her patients. She is so easy to talk to and very friendly. One of my follow up appointments was after a terrible snow storm. Her street had not been plowed for days. She walked through the snow to get to a main street, to catch a cab, to come into the office to see me! I absolutely love her!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Marcie Z in Cockeysville, MD – Apr 11, 2016
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Dr. Michele Shermak, MD is a Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in Lutherville, MD and has over 30 years of experience in the medical...Read more

Specialties

  • Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1998
Bapt Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1998
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
1996
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Residency Hospital
1993
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Internship Hospital
1992
Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
Medical School
1988
Franklin and Marshall College
Undergraduate School
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Dr. Shermak frequently treats Breast Reconstruction, Gynecomastia, and Wound Repair. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Shermak treats.

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Dr. Shermak's office is located at 1304 Bellona Ave, Lutherville, MD 21093. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Shermak's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Breast Reconstruction
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Shermak performs Breast Reconstruction more than 92% of her peers

Dr. Shermak performs this procedure more than 92% of her peers

Gynecomastia
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Dr. Shermak treats Gynecomastia more than 85% of her peers

Dr. Shermak treats this condition more than 85% of her peers

Wound Repair
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Dr. Shermak performs Wound Repair more than 84% of her peers

Dr. Shermak performs this procedure more than 84% of her peers

Dr. Shermak's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Benign Tumor
  • Birthmark
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Hypoplasia
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Burn Injuries
  • Cancer
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Congenital Anomalies of Breast
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Liposuction
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Rhinoseptoplasty
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Excision for Hidradenitis
  • Skin Grafts
  • Wound Repair

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Michele A. Shermak, MD

Michele A. Shermak, MD1304 Bellona Ave Lutherville, MD 21093
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Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Baltimore, MD

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

8 Awards Received

Northwest Hospital Center

Randallstown, MD

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

3 Awards Received

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

2 Awards Received

UM St. Joseph Medical Center

Towson, MD

78% Patient Experience Rating, 9% higher than the national average

32 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)