Randy Sherman, MD, FACS

Here and around the world, Dr. Randy Sherman repairs devastating wounds inflicted by nature and accidents. Only family and flying, perhaps, bring him more happiness.

Dr. Randy Sherman serves as the vice chairman of the Dept. of Surgery at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Sherman is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as the American Board of Surgery and holds the Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand specializing in reconstructive micro neurovascular surgery, aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, hand surgery, cosmetic surgery, and the care of difficult wound problems. He has served as a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery as well as the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Sherman earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1977. He completed general surgical training at the University of California, San Francisco and the State University of New York at Syracuse. His plastic surgery training took place at the University of Southern California in 1985 after which he joined the faculty in the Departments of Surgery, Orthopedics, and Neurosurgery.

Dr. Sherman serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Operation Smile, a global medical charity concerned with the reconstructive surgery of children with congenital and acquired deformities.

As founder of the Southern California Chapter of Operation Smile, he has participated in and led Operation Smile medical missions to most of the organization’s partner countries. In 1999, he participated in Operation Smile’s World Journey of Hope, which circled the globe in a flying hospital bringing reconstructive surgical services to more than 5,000 children. He has served on the Operation Smile Board of Governors, more recently the Board of Directors, and has most recently been appointed as the chief medical officer. In this capacity, he has been a consultant with the United States Navy in the planning and deployment of several humanitarian missions involving the USNS Mercy and Comfort hospital ships, including the most recent medical mission to provide relief for earthquake victims in Haiti.

Dr. Sherman has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books in his specialty and has lectured nationally and abroad. He served as the reconstructive surgery section editor for the  Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as on the editorial boards of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, the Journal of Hand Surgery, the Annals of Plastic Surgery and Surgical Rounds.

August13FLRandySherman06When not in the operating room, Dr. Sherman is a commercial pilot and flight instructor rated in single and multi-engine aircraft, floatplanes, helicopters, sailplanes, jets and WWII warbirds. He serves as an FAA designated  Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and is a volunteer pilot for the Santa Monica Museum of Flying and the Lyon Air Museum. He also serves as a trustee for the American Air Museum in Duxford, England. He writes for both Plane & Pilot, and The Pilot Journal.


August13FLRandySherman05Randy pilots underprivileged children on flights in his plane when he isn’t playing jazz piano with his band, Surgeons of Note, at meetings of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He is the proud father of Max Lassen Sherman.



Randy (L.) with Bob Goff and his DeHavilland “Beaver” seaplane.

Bob introduced Randy to a young Ugandan child who had been abducted and mutilated by witch doctors. Randy helped to bring the child from tragedy to hope within a few months.

Randy is currently checking out in our F6F-5 Hellcat.

Randy – we are so proud to have you as a member of our CAF-SoCal Wing. Thank you for all you are doing for our Wing!