Dr. Deborah Witt Sherman is a Tenured Professor at the Nicole Wertheim College Of Nursing and Health Sciences and previously served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Dr. Sherman is a George Soros Faculty Scholar and national and international leader in palliative and end of life care. She was developed and completed a strong program of palliative care research, as well as breast cancer research, with two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health.
She has received a Predoctoral Research Fellowship by the Langer Foundation and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Award from the Aaron Diamond Foundation. Dr. Sherman is a member of several nursing and palliative care editorial boards and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
She has authored several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals on interprofessional collaboration and was a keynote speaker at National Interprofessional Organizations & International Conferences Regarding Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare.
Dr. Sherman has also served on several NIH review panels and was a research consultant for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Prior to moving to Florida, Dr. Sherman was a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she was focused on palliative care research at the Health Care Outcomes Research Center. During her five-year tenure, she also served as Assistant Dean for Research, was a member of the Administrative Council and dean's committee and co-director of the Center of Excellence in Palliative Care Research.
Dr. Sherman began the first Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Program at New York University and is co-editor of the award winning textbook “Palliative Care: Quality Care to the End of Life” which has recently been published in its fourth edition.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary College, a master’s degree from Pace University and a Ph.D. from New York University.
Currently, Dr. Sherman is the Co-Director of the first Palliative Care Interprofessional Fellowship Program at the Bronx, Veterans Administration NY, Chair of the NWCNHS Interprofessional Committee on Education, and Chair of the Faculty Senate Interprofessional Committee at Florida International University.