Sherman N. Leis, DO, F.A.C.O.S.

His career has been dedicated to surgery to correct injuries, deformities and disease as well as to educate  young surgeons in ethical practice. Dr. Leis brings knowledge, skill, experience, innovation and expertise to his practice.   Full health and healing requires going beyond physiological/medical treatment. Awareness of the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions is a critical component in Dr. Leis’ success in enabling patients to become as complete as possible in their self-image.

After training with some of the leading international surgeons at the forefront of innovative and transformational techniques in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Leis went on to groundbreaking achievement in establishing both full recognition of the osteopathic profession as well as perfecting and developing new surgical techniques and methods.  (See bibliography in C.V.)

Believing in expanding the base of doctors who perform gender affirmation surgery, Dr. Leis has trained numerous surgeons as part of his commitment to training residents in plastic and reconstructive surgery and transgender surgery. 


 A few major accomplishments:

  • Responsible for the Swedish Government's full recognition of the D.O. degree and the first osteopathic physician licensed to practice medicine in Sweden 
  • First osteopathic physician to serve as Chief Surgical Resident in a major American university hospital at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA in 1971
  • First osteopathic physician fully trained in the specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Instituted the osteopathic profession’s first plastic and reconstructive surgery service at the Hospital of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, November 1974
  • Developed and initiated the first osteopathic hospital based Residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, July 1991
  • Recipient of Orel F. Martin Award by American Osteopathic College of Surgeons for “exemplary service to the College and the profession”.  Annual Clinical Assembly, San Francisco, October 19, 2007

Dr. Leis has enjoyed many avocational interests including riding and breeding Arabian horses, founding and serving as President and Principal Clarinetist of the Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra, horticulture, travel, and involvement with and support of charitable and community groups, including the Golden Slipper Club and Charities, Rotary International, etc.