Dr. David A. Sherris is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He is passionate about his work and takes great pride in helping patients achieve their goals. Over the last 15 years, thousands of patients, including celebrities and other doctors, have changed their lives by undergoing treatment by Dr. Sherris.
How did I get into plastic surgery? So I was always interested in plastic surgery going into medicine. There were kind of two offshoots of body plastic surgery versus just facial plastic surgery. And I was really interested in being able to train in what I wanted to do from the first day I got into the operating room as a trainee, right through my fellowship. So I chose the route of going to ENT and then facial plastic surgery.
From day one, I got to operate on just the head, neck, both cancer reconstruction and aesthetic, and cosmetic procedures. So that broad base really intrigued me, and it was really exciting.
After my fellowship, I was lucky enough to get my first job at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where I worked as the chief of facial plastic surgery. I was there for nine years. In that time, besides operating and getting a great experience, I was able to participate in research in the field. I've trained multiple surgeons in the field, and I was lucky enough to get invited all over the world to give lectures and to teach other surgeons.
Additionally, through my career and through that start and working, now my time here at the University at Buffalo, and here at the Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery, I've been invited again to multiple European and Middle Eastern countries to both operate, to teach other surgeons, and as a guest surgeon to VIPs. I've been able to lecture, I've written over one hundred publications, and I've written a couple of books in the field. And I continue to train young doctors.
One of the greatest joys in my career really is the opportunity it's given me to participate in humanitarian missions. I've gone to China, Honduras, and Cambodia. And the cases we get presented there are really cases they would never have the opportunity to have treatment in their country. One of the best parts of my job is really the satisfaction you get in being able to treat a significant deformity or even something that really bothers someone, that really makes a great impact on both their life and really on my life as well. It's so satisfying for me and the patient.