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Mark J Sherman, MD

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Dr. Mark Sherman has enjoyed a remarkable career since forming Surgical Associates of La Jolla in 1994 as one of the original partners.

Administrative Excellence: Most recently, he was Chief of Staff of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (ending Dec 2019), leading the entire nearly 1,000+ physician force through many challenges.  Previously, he served as both the Chief of General Surgery as well as Chairman of the entire Department of Surgery. While working six years on the Board of Trustees for Scripps Health (which oversees all Scripps' hospitals and the Scripps Clinic), he used his unique knowledge to influence and improve healthcare delivery throughout San Diego. He has served as Chairman of XiMED Medical Group, and has taught as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. These tireless efforts have led to his selection by his peers in receiving San Diego's "Top Doctors" award on multiple occasions.

Educational Excellence: Dr. Sherman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  After completing medical school at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, he finished his residency at the UCSD Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident in general surgery. A board-certified Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of many professional organizations, including the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), and the Americas Hernia Society, Dr. Sherman is frequently sought for consultation on complex and challenging cases.

Clinical Excellence: In his practice, Dr. Mark Sherman focuses on Advanced Laparoscopy and Surgical Oncology. Providing a comprehensive team approach to Breast Cancer (working hand in hand with Medical and Radiation Oncologists as well as dedicated Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeons) his patients facing a new breast cancer receive complete care that is second to none.  Skilled in Endocrine Surgery (Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Adrenal operations) as well as complex, advanced laparoscopic techniques (Colectomy, Appendectomy, Splenectomy, and Hernia repair), he provides a unique skill while treating all of his patients like family. DaVinci Robotic procedures are one of the many tools at his disposal.  And his minimally invasive hernia procedures have results that are among the best in the nation.  Unique procedures include HIPEC (Hyperthermic IntraPeritoneal Chemotherapy for advanced abdominal malignancies).  Patients seeking this therapy receive extensive guidance throughout this complex treatment method. He remains at the forefront of the most advanced techniques and procedures available in order to best meet the needs of his patients.

Dr. Sherman has a reputation as an innovator and leader. His compassionate bedside manner and surgical excellence have made him a most sought after surgeon by his patients and colleagues alike.


Mark J Sherman, MD

Medical School
UC San Diego School of Medicine

Internship & Residency
UCSD Medical Center

Board Certification
American College of Surgeons

Special Procedures & Techniques
Advanced laparoscopic surgery, Surgical Oncology

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