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

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

4.8 out of 5 (130 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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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
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • 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
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


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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  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Apr 11, 2024

    Superb knowledgeable and compassionate physician.

  • Mar 6, 2024

    Very thorough

  • Feb 1, 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.