West Maple Plastic Surgery is dedicated to helping our patients look and feel their very best. Dr. Daniel Sherbert, our expertly trained surgeon with many years of experience, takes careful pride in each and every patient he sees. He understands that every person is unique, resulting in highly individualized procedures. Dr. Sherbert is accomplished in the latest techniques and is passionate about his work, realizing that a rather simple operation can completely change the outlook of a person. He considers each procedure a creative and challenging expression of his patient’s desires and his expertise.
DANIEL SHERBERT, M.D.,F.A.C.S.
Certified by The American Board of Surgery
The American Board of Plastic Surgery & Fellowship
Trained in Aesthetic & Reconstructive Breast Surgery
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."
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.
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.
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.
Because of his expertise (only one other surgeon in the Detroit area has studied with Hartrampf) - Sherbert is in demand. He performs reconstructions out of two local hospitals. His cosmetic surgical procedures are performed at the cosmetic surgical center at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. Sherbert sees about 700 new patients a year and completes about 100 to 125 breast reconstructions annually. That says a lot about customer satisfaction. Nearly all of his work comes from referrals.
Sherbert has served the metro Detroit area since the beginning of 1994. Although his practice has kept him busy, he spends plenty of off-hours time with his wife, Beth and his children, Griffin, Evan, and Hannah.
Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan Bachelor of Science, 1983
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine East Lansing, Michigan; Doctor of Medicine, 1987
Providence Hospital Southfield, Michigan; General Surgery July 1, 1987 - June 30, 1992
Providence Hospital Southfield, Michigan; Plastic Surgery July 1, 1992 - June 30, 1994
Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta; Dr. Carl Hartrampf Atlanta, Georgia . July 1, 1992 - December 31, 1994
Michigan Board of Medicine ID Number 430-105-1281 Date: 1989
General Surgery, 1995
Plastic Surgery, 1997
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
Who's Who in Young American Men
Outstanding Resident in Department of General Surgery, Plastic and Otology, 1992
Outstanding Resident in Providence Hospital, 1992
First Place - Providence Hospital Resident Research, 1992
First Place - Providence Hospital Resident Research, 1993
First Place - Oakland County Health Education program, Resident Research, 1993
Medical Scholars Award, 1993
Second Place - Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, Research Presentations, 1993
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
Michigan Academy of Plastic Surgeons
Current Research in Progress:
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
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