A native of New York, Dr. Sher received his M.D. degree with honors from Boston University School of Medicine at the age of 22. He completed his internship in at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. After internship, he fulfilled his military service as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service and was assigned to do cancer and immunology research for three years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He returned to Minneapolis to complete an ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. After three and half years of residency, he travelled to London, UK for additional fellowship training in corneal and external eye disease at prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital of the University of London. Dr. Sher became Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Sher specializes in corneal surgery and laser vision correction surgery. Over the last 25 years, he has performed thousands of laser vision correction procedures and is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of refractive surgery. Dr. Sher has been named Top Doctor by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine many times and has also been awarded the prestigious Troutman Award by the International Society for Refractive Surgery and subsequently elected to its Board. Besides laser vision correction, Dr. Sher's practice also includes the re-treatments of prior LASIK/PRK or RK, routine comprehensive medical eye exams, treatment of corneal and external eye diseases, eye infections, corneal dystrophy, conjunctivitis, allergy eyes, glaucoma, corneal surgery and transplantation, keratoconus and uveitis. He also performs exams for eyeglasses and contacts. In 1984, Dr. Sher and his colleagues at Eye Care Associates became founding members of the renowned Phillips Eye Institute (PEI) and was a former Chief of Ophthalmology at the PEI. He continues to perform his refractive surgeries at this prestigious facility, the only specialty eye hospital in the upper Midwest. Dr. Sher was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser vision correction and phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) over two decades ago. He made significant contributions to the initial research on excimer laser corneal surgery and participated in the earliest clinical trials of this new technology and hold several patents for inventions relating to refractive surgery techniques and devices. In 1994, Dr. Sher was the first American to be awarded the prestigious Troutman Award by the International Society for Refractive Surgery for his paper and research on the control of pain after corneal laser surgery. Dr. Sher has been a principal investigator for a number of equipment and pharmaceutical clinical trials, edited two textbooks on refractive surgery, and written numerous scientific articles and several monographs on refractive surgery and related topics. Dr. Sher is a frequent lecturer and Clinical Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
I have been practicing ophthalmic and corneal surgery for over 30 years and feel honored to have been able to help many thousands of patients improve, restore or preserve their vision. I enjoy working with so many wonderful patients and having the privilege of getting to know their families. Most importantly, I find it very gratifying to hear directly from patients that their laser vision correction has improved the quality of their life.
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Top Care Areas for Dr. Sher by Patient Volume
Dr. Shertreated this condition for more patients than 97% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Shertreated this condition for more patients than 93% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Shertreated this condition for more patients than 89% of his peers nationwide.
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Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
Benign Neoplasm of Eye
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Ectropion of Eyelid
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
Progressive High Myopia
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Tear Duct Disorders
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Defects
Contact Lens Exams
Excision of Chalazion
Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Soft Contact Lenses
YAG Laser Capsulotomy
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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Boston University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1967
Boston University School of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1971
University Minn Hosps
Internship Hospital | Completed 1972
University Minn Hosps
Residency Hospital | Completed 1978
Moorfield Eye Hospital
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1979
National Institutes of Health
Other Education | Completed 1975
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Sher has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sher to family and friends
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Dr. Sher Says:
I have been one of the founding members and former Chair of the medical staff at the Phillips Eye Institute. It is one of the leading eye hospitals in the nation and many thousands of eye surgeries are performed there each year.
I perform all my surgery at the Phillips Eye Institute (PEI) in Minneapolis, the only eye hospital in the region. The Phillips Eye...