Eric J. Sherman, MD

About Me

I am a medical oncologist dedicated to improving the lives of patients with head and neck cancer. My primary clinical and research focus is on thyroid cancers and squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. I also have an interest in diagnosing and treating the less common cancers of the head and neck, such as sinonasal undifferentiated carcinomas and salivary gland tumors.

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Much of my research focuses on targeted therapy in the treatment of thyroid cancers (differentiated thyroid cancer, medullary thyroid cancer, and anaplastic thyroid cancer). I work very closely with Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers working in areas such as radiation oncology, endocrinology, nuclear medicine, pathology, and head and neck surgery to investigate novel treatment options for patients with cancers of the head and neck, or thyroid.

Our group — the Head and Neck Oncology Service — is specifically interested in what makes tumors (both primary and acquired) resistant to treatments, and in finding ways to overcome this resistance.

I am currently an investigator and principal investigator on multiple studies in head and neck cancer both at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and nationally. I also serve on the Steering Committee for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), a National Cancer Institute–designated group composed of local and academic oncology centers and designed to facilitate clinical testing of radiation therapy and new drugs throughout the country.

  • Clinical Expertise: Head and Neck Cancer; Thyroid Cancer
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Columbia University
  • Residencies: Internal Medicine - Bellevue Hospital/New York University
  • Fellowships: Medical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology

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Clinical Trials

Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. For you, this could mean access to a new therapy or therapy combination. Click to see a list of the trials I’m currently leading.

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Clinical Trials Led by Eric J. Sherman

Clinical Trials Co-Investigated by Eric J. Sherman