Dr. Lowell J. Sherris graduated from New York University School of Medicine. He did his medical internship and ophthalmology residency at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. , followed by a retina fellowship at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital and Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Sherris developed an interest in nutrition and health, and earned a Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Several years ago he learned about Functional Medicine and has been taking advanced courses from the Institute of Functional Medicine. These include Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP); the Immune Advanced Practice Module; the Cardiometabolic Practice Module; the Detox Advanced Practice Module; and the GI Advanced Practice Module. In addition, Dr. Sherris participates in the Integrative and Complementary Academic Medicine Program (iCamp) at the University of Miami School of Medicine. This program is sponsored by the Institute of Functional Medicine and is teaching South Florida's Physicians, Residents, and Nutritionists about Functional Medicine.
Dr. Sherris has been practicing medicine in Florida for more than 35 years. He was originally trained as an ophthalmic surgeon and specialized in diseases of the macula and retina. He later practiced general ophthalmology and performed hundreds of cataract and refractive surgeries.
The eyes often manifest pathology affecting other parts of the body. Dr. Sherris found it frustrating that medical specialties divided the patient up. The root cause of diseases was not even considered for most patients. Over a period of several years Dr. Sherris found discussing nutrition and lifestyle to be more rewarding than examining eyes. Dr. Sherris has gradually given up practicing ophthalmology, and has transitioned into practicing Functional Medicine.