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Neal A. Sher - MD, FAAO, FACS - Minnesota


Dr. Neal A. Sher - MD, FAAO, FACS
MN & WI IME Doctor Expert Medical Witness

Eye Care Associates PA and
Medicolegal Ophthalmology, LLC

74 South 9th Street
Medical Arts Bldg, Suite 2000
Minneapolis Minnesota 55402

(612) 338-4861   work
(612) 436 2117   phone
(612) 333-8306   fax

Email:  nshermd@comcast.net

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Physician, Ophthalmic Surgeon

Areas of Expertise   Neal A. Sher, MD, FACS is a well known ophthalmic surgeon with over thirty years of experience. He has an active corneal, refractive surgery and ophthalmology practice and specializes in laser vision correction (PRK and related procedures, LASIK, CK). 

Dr. Sher has been involved in the laser refractive surgery field since its earliest days and was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform examiner therapeutic and laser vision correction.

He has authored two textbooks, several monographs and dozens of peer reviewed articles on refractive surgery and is a Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. Sher has a special interest and expertise in medicolegal aspects of ophthalmology. He provides expert evaluation of potential malpractice cases involving ophthalmology for defense and plaintiff.  He has consulted for a number of malpractice carriers and some of the nation's leading law firms.  He has served as an expert in intellectual property cases for ophthalmic equipment and pharmaceutical companies. 

Dr. Sher performs independent medical exams and legal expert medical witness reviews for attorneys needing evaluation of complex eye injuries involved in workman's compensation or litigation.

Dr. Sher has been a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice for Medicare fraud issues and the Minnesota Supreme Court.  He has consulted, run clinical trials and performed research for a number of leading ophthalmic device and pharmaceutical companies Dr. Sher also has considerable experience in the evaluation of toxic exposures to various chemicals such as ammonia and chlorine and has put together teams of ophthalmic specialists for the screening of large numbers of patients.

He has evaluated hundreds of patients for ocular injuries from exposure to ammonia and chlorine gas.  Dr. Sher has been awarded the Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Troutman Medal from the International Society for Refractive Surgery for his work on postoperative regimens in surface ablation.

He has received a number of citations and unit awards from the U.S. Military and the Governor of South Dakota (2010) for his donation of laser vision correction surgery without charge to over 600 soldiers going to war zones.

In 2008, he was awarded a Medallion of Excellence by General David Petraeus for his contributions to the military.  He was one of six physicians in Minnesota honored by Minnesota Physician magazine in 2010 as a Community Caregiver for his work with troops.  On a selective basis, Dr. Sher provides medical consultation and expert testimony to liability carriers, government agencies, defense and plaintiff attorneys and corporations.

Dr. Sher has considerable experience working with attorneys and regulatory authorities and has significant court room experience and has given a number of depositions.  Dr. Sher serves as a consultant to industry and holds several patents related to laser vision correction.  He is also an ophthalmic medicolegal and forensic expert, and serves as a expert consultant regarding chemical exposures, toxic gas spills, ophthalmic disability, malpractice, mass torts and intellectual property cases involving ophthalmology. 

The U.S. Department of Justice, the Minnesota Supreme Court and some of the nation's leading law firms and malpractice carriers have utilized Dr. Sher's expertise.  A native of New York, Dr. Sher received his M.D. degree with honors from Boston University at the age of 22. 

After his internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, he entered the U.S. Public Health Service. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota and completed additional fellowship training for corneal and external eye disease at Moorfield's Eye Hospital (University of London) in the UK.

In 1984, Dr. Sher and his colleagues at Eye Care Associates became founding members of the renowned Phillips Eye Institute.  Dr. Sher was one of the first surgeons in the world to perform laser vision correction in 1989.  He made significant contributions to the initial research on excimer laser corneal surgery and participated in the earliest clinical trials of this new technology. 

In 1994, Dr. Sher was the first American to be awarded the prestigious Troutman Award by the International Society for Refractive Surgery for his work on the control of pain after PRK. 

He has served as a member of the Preferred Practice Patterns Panel of the American Academy of Ophthalmology for Refractive Errors and Refractive Surgery.

Corneal Surgery and Laser Vision Specialties   Ophthalmology, ophthalmic surgery, eye, ocular, injury, chemical, LASIK, PRK, cataract, glaucoma, cornea, trauma, ocular injury, chemical burn, keratitis, medicolegal.
Degrees   MD, FAAO, FACS
Years in Practice   32
Number of File Reviews   > 100
Depositions   > 15 
Trials   8
Average monthly hours spent in direct patient care   200
Military Service  
  • Commissioned Officer U.S. Public Health Service (1972-1975), Surgeon (Lt. Cdr.)
  • Staff Associate, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, Research in Immunology and Tumor Immunology
  • Consultant, Food and Drug Administration
Education   Undergraduate:
Boston University, BA – 1967 College of Liberal Arts (cum laude)

Boston University School of Medicine, MD – 1971 (cum laude)

Pediatrics University of Minnesota Hospitals - Minneapolis, MN

Ophthalmology University of Minnesota Hospitals - Minneapolis, MN
July 1975 - December 1978

Cornea, External Disease, Uveitis Moorfields Eye Hospital University of London
London, United Kingdom
January 1979 - June 1979

ABMS or AOA Board Specialty Certifications   American Board of Ophthalmology
Board and Specialty Certifications  
Hospital Privileges   Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis, MN (attending surgeon)
Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina, MN (consulting staff)
Hospital Appointments  
Academic Appointments   Adjunct Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology (1999 to present)
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology (1988 to 1999)
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology (1979-1988)
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Eye Care Associates, PA.
  • 1979 to present, Minneapolis, MN
  • President, Eye Care Associates, 2000 – 2005, Partner 2005 to Present
Selected Academic Honors and Awards  

  • Graduated cum laude, Boston University College of Liberal Arts, 1971
  • Graduated cum laude, Boston University School of Medicine, 1971
  • Alumni Scholarship Award - Boston University School of Medicine, 1969
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical School Honor Society), 1970
  • Begg Society (Medical School Honor Society), 1970
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation, stipend for support of research, 1976
  • ARVO Travel Fellowship, 1976
  • Fight for Sight Travel Award, 1978
  • Troutman Award, International Society for Refractive Surgery (ISRS) 1994, Presented for the best published paper worldwide on the subject of refractive surgery in the year 1993-1994.
  • Elected to Board of Directors, International Society for Refractive Surgery 1996-1999
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1999
  • Member, Preferred Practice Pattern Committee for Refractive Error and Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2000-2004
  • Medallion of Excellence, awarded by General David Petraeus, Commander, US Cent Com, for contribution of laser vision correction without charge to US troops being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, April 2008.
  • Community Caregivers 2010, presented to six physicians yearly in State of Minnesota for community service by Minnesota Physician Magazine Vol XXII, No. 12, March 2010
  • Executive Proclamation, State of South Dakota, Governor M. Michael Rounds, Dr. Neal A Sher Day, May 8, 2010 to honor contributions to South Dakota Army National Guard
Professional Societies and Other Professional Activities (past and present)  

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) *
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology *
  • Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology *
  • Minneapolis Academy of Medicine, Vice President, 1980; President, 1991*
  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1983 to present
  • Minneapolis Ophthalmological Society, Secretary-Treasurer, 1982; President, 1983*
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons, 1987 to present
  • American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 1990 to present
  • International Society for Refractive Society (ISRS), 1992, Elected to Board of Directors in 1996 (currently part of American Academy of Ophthalmology refractive surgery interest section).
  • Hennepin County Medical Reserve Corp, Volunteer Physician
    (*No longer active member or organization inactive)
Scientific Review and Editorial Boards
(past and present)

  • American Journal of Ophthalmology
  • Archives of Ophthalmology
  • Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Journal of Refractive and Corneal Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers
  • Review of Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Signs In Ophthalmology, Editorial Board, 1997
  • Eye World, Editorial Board, 1998-2004
Jurisdictions of Licensure,
Medical Licensure
  Minnesota:  Active
Wisconsin:  Active
Curriculum Vitae (CV)   CV of Neal A. Sher - MD, FAAO, FACSPDF document

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