College of Medicine / About / Departments / Integrated Medical Science Department / Dawn Harris Sherling, M.D., F.A.C.P.


Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431



Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science 

Tel. (561) 297-4511


Dawn Harris Sherling, M.D., F.A.C.P., serves as the associate course director for the Foundations of Medicine course, which teaches clinical skills to the first and second year medical students. She is also engaged in the development of a faculty practice. As a board-certified internal medicine physician, she has previously served as an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Fish Center for Women’s Health as well as at the Cleveland Clinic in West Palm Beach. Her research interests include the development of empathy in students and practicing physicians as well as literature in medicine and as a teaching tool.

Dr. Sherling sees patients 18 years of age and older with FAU internal medicine residents at the FAU Medicine Clinic at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Please call 561-955-2570 for an appointment.

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  • 1998-2002: Yale School of Medicine New Haven, Connecticut Doctor of Medicine with Honors, Class of 2002.
    • Primary Care Medicine at Cambridge University, England.
  • 1994-1998: University of Florida Gainesville, Florida
    • Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with Honors; GPA: 3.94.
    • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa 1997 (junior year inductee).
    • Alternative Service Breaks, Director 1997.
    • Florida Undergraduate Scholar Scholarship Award, 1994-1998.


  • 2015-present: Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Science, FAU College of Medicine Boca Raton, Florida
    • Associate Director, Foundations of Medicine Course.
    • Associate Clinical Professor 2012-2015, medical student and resident clinic preceptor.
  • 2012-2015: General Internist, Jupiter Internal Medicine Associates Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
    • Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (Board Certified) August 2005.
    • Women’s Health Program Committee Member, Jupiter Medical Center.
  • 2009-2011: General Internist, Cleveland Clinic Florida West Palm Beach, Florida
    • Started CCF West Palm Beach physician lecture series.
    • Member of West Palm Beach Quality Improvement Committee.
  • 2005-2008: General Internist, Department of Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, Chestnut Hill, Newton, and Norwood, Massachusetts
    • Urgent Care physician/in-house Locum physician for several BWH practices 2005-2006.
    • Fish Center for Women’s Health, primary care practice 2006-2008.
    • Member of the outpatient Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, 2006-2008.
  • 2005-2008: Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Preceptor for Harvard Medical students and Brigham and Women’s Hospital residents.
    • Participated in the Fish Center for Women’s Health faculty lecture series.
  • 2002-2005: Resident in Internal Medicine/Primary Care, Brigham & Women’s Hospital  Harvard Affiliated Teaching Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Managed complex patients in floor, step-down, CCU, and ICU settings.
    • Additional experience at community hospital (Faulkner Hospital) and Veteran’s Administration Hospital (West Roxbury VA).
    • Cared for patients in a multi-specialty group practice setting (Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates).
    • Led initiative to improve materials management on the medicine floors.
    • Served as house-staff representative on the General Medical Service Improvement Committee.


    • 2012-2015 The Palm Beach Post
      • Contributing Essayist (Representative articles listed)
      • Commentary: Put your money where your mouth (heart, brain, and liver) is, March 20, 2015.
      • Commentary: A patient’s anger, a doctor’s death, January 22, 2015.
      • Commentary: Speaking of Conversations, how about some calmer ones in South Florida? July 25, 2013.
      • Commentary: ‘Obamacare’ and my stubborn father, November 1, 2012.
      • Commentary: Affordable Care Act, a life saver for “Susan,” June 21, 2012.
    • 2005-2012    The New York Times Author
      • Letter to the editor: Taking Steps to Prevent Medical Errors, August 3, 2012.
      • Letter to the editor: Pity the Professionals, January 13, 2008.
      • Letter to the editor: The True Cost of Healthcare, April 17, 2005.
    • 2000   Mouth Yale Medical School Literary Journal New Haven, Connecticut 
      • Contributing Essayist
      • "The Burial" Mouth, Issue 1, 2000.
    • 1999   Orientation Publication, Yale School of Medicine New Haven, Connecticut
      • Layout Editor
      • Edited "The Kit" for first year medical students.
    • 1994-1996    The Independent Florida Alligator, University of Florida Gainesville, Florida
      •  Alligator Writer, Columnist
      • Wrote over fifty news and feature articles, as well as several columns for University of Florida newspaper.
    • Summer 1995 The Miami Herald Miami, Florida
      • Published over two-dozen news and feature stories, including:
      • "Storms ease, but Dade far from drying out" The Miami Herald, page 1 of the local section. June 24, 1995.
      • "Jewish School Defaced" The Miami Herald, page 1 of the local section. May 17, 1995.

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Research Experience

  • 1999-2001 Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine New Haven, Connecticut
    • Research Assistant for Linda Degutis, PhD
    • Yale Medical School Thesis: Factors predicting use of the Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department.
    • Implemented survey for Project Assert Study to assess and provide health care and social service access.
  • 1997   Department of Political Science University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Independent Study Thesis
  • Evaluated market-based vs. government-administered health care systems, e.g. United States vs. United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada, resulting in final research paper.

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