John H Sherner, MD| Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine | MedStar Health

John H Sherner, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (117 reviews)

Specialties: Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine

Languages: English

About me

John H. Sherner, MD, FCCP, is a board-certified pulmonary and critical care physician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he is currently Chairman of the Department of Medicine. He is also an associate professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Sherner specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all pulmonary ailments and illnesses, including shortness of breath, exercise limitation, asthma, COPD, pleural effusion, interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis, and pulmonary fibrosis. In his practice, he uses a wide range of diagnostic procedures including radiographic studies, pulmonary function testing, thoracentesis, and bronchoscopy, as well as placing a heavy emphasis on the patient’s experience. His clinical interests include the use of point-of-care ultrasound to evaluate critically ill patients in real-time and treating patients with sarcoidosis and interstitial lung disease.

Diseases of the lungs can affect other organs in the body and may require attention from physicians of multiple specialties. Dr. Sherner collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of specialists at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to coordinate and provide individualized care for patients with a complex diagnosis. His experience in the Army instilled in him a deep respect for teamwork and collaboration, which he continues to practice in his role as a physician.

Dr. Sherner received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX, where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He then joined the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to complete an internal medicine residency and a three-year fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Before joining MedStar Washington Hospital Center, COL (Ret) Sherner served as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital and Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

As a dedicated medical educator, Dr. Sherner has aided in the development of medical education courses while serving as faculty for multiple medical training programs throughout his career, including the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and both the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He has led national teaching activities and presentations and continues to be involved in the education and guidance of new physicians. In-line with his passion for medical education and the continued advancement of the field of pulmonary and critical care, Dr. Sherner has authored poster presentations, peer-reviewed publications, letters to editors, and a book chapter.

In 2017, 2018, and 2019 he was named a Distinguished CHEST Educator by the American College of Chest Physicians. He is also the recipient of numerous awards from the United States Army and the Department of Defense, including the Legion of Merit.

Philosophy of Care

“My job as a healthcare provider extends beyond providing excellent medical care--it’s to advocate for my patients. I see myself as an educator that helps inform my patients about their diagnosis and treatment options, and I make sure they get the treatment and services they need. 

“I truly enjoy getting to know my patients and building a unique relationship with them based on respect, compassion, and empathy. To provide a treatment protocol that is tailored to the specific needs of each patient, it’s imperative that I take the time to listen to them and understand their goals for treatment, while also hearing their concerns. I accompany my patients through the entire course of the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment process.”

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Breathing
  • Abnormal Chest Ct Scan
  • Airway Disorders
  • Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Asthma
  • Atypical Mycobacteria Infection
  • Breathing Disorders
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Connective Tissue Lung Disease
  • Drug Induced Pulmonary Disease
  • Dyspnea
  • Emphysema
  • Environmental Lung Diseases
  • Eosinophilic Lung Disease
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Hilar Adenopathy
  • HIV Related Lung Disease
  • Hypoxia
  • Inhalation Injury
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Interstitial Pneumonia
  • Lung Abscess
  • Lung Disease
  • Lung Infiltrate
  • Lung Involvement In Systemic Sclerosis
  • Lung Mass
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Lymphoid Interstitial Pneumonia
  • Novel Coronavirus Related Breathing Conditions
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonitis
  • Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Infections
  • Pulmonary Manifestations Of Immunosuppression
  • Pulmonary Nodule
  • Pulmonary Sarcoid
  • Pulmonary Thromboembolic Disease
  • Pulmonary Vasculitis
  • Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease
  • Reactive Airway Disease
  • Recurrent Lung Infections
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Restrictive Lung Disease
  • Rheumatoid Lung
  • Scleroderma Lung Disease
  • Shortness Of Breath (SOB)
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Procedures I perform

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Pulmonary Function Tests (PFT)
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Ultrasound
  • Vo2 Measurement
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Room 1A-50B
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-0341

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Washington, DC, 20010


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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Open POS II
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Open HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Network OA
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Fellowship Program: Walter Reed Army Medical Center (2006)

Residency Program: Walter Reed Army Medical Center (2002)

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (1999)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Jan 18, 2024

    I am really impressed by Dr. Sherner. He thoroughly discussed his evaluation of my medical condition to my satisfaction. I look forward to our follow up.

  • Dec 6, 2023

    Very good experience.

  • Oct 4, 2023

    The doctor is very polite and concerned about the patient.