MD, MSC, DTM&H
Born in Los Angeles, Ronald Sherman earned his BS in Entomology at UC Riverside, his MD at UCLA, and his Masters degree in Clinical Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at UC Davis in 1987 and his Infectious Diseases Fellowship at UC Irvine in 1991.
Dr. Sherman started studying myiasis and maggot therapy during medical school, published his first paper on the topic in 1983, and started the first prospective studies in 1990. After 4 years working for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Long Beach, CA) as an infectious diseases and geriatrics consultant ("attending physician"), Dr. Sherman joined the faculty of UC Irvine in 1995, where he continued his research.
Requests for Dr. Sherman's medical grade maggots increased throughout the world, and in 2003, the FDA started regulating medicinal maggots as a medical device. After FDA review, Dr. Sherman was granted marketing clearance for his Medical Maggots, and shortly thereafter Dr. Sherman's laboratory was privatized and separated from the University.
Dr. Sherman left the University in 2008 to devote his time to overseeing the maggot laboratory, and directing the non-profit BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation, whose mission is to support patient care, education, and research in maggot therapy, leech therapy, and the other biotherapeutic modalities. To support his family, Dr. Sherman works 1 - 2 days / week as an HIV Specialist for the Orange County Health Care Agency.