Tom Sherman is a physician with practical leadership experience both in healthcare and in his community. He lives in Rye with his wife and three sons, two of whom are in college with the third at Rye Elementary School.
Having grown up in Darien, Connecticut, Dr. Sherman recalls that his lifelong commitment to service was spawned early. Starting in 1968, his mother Jean designed and directed a program through their church called Person-Person, providing outreach to those in need in the local community. Tom helped his parents at swimming programs and delivering holiday food and presents to families in neighboring towns, leaving an indelible impression that one person can make a positive difference in the lives of others. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from Northwestern University and an undergraduate premedical studies program at Georgetown University, he received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Even in medical school, Tom’s persistent community interest inspired his design of the South Park Inn Clinic, a medical student administered and staffed health care facility within the walls of a local homeless shelter. With a goal of reducing barriers to care by bringing services directly to those in need while promoting clinical and social responsibility for young future doctors, the program thrives to this day. His internship, residency and fellowship in gastroenterology were completed at Barnes Hospital at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where his wife Lisa was also training to be a dermatologist. They had met in medical school, where Tom says, “I noticed her as she walked up the Health Center steps on her very first day! I will never forget that moment.” Having practiced gastroenterology in Northern Virginia for 14 years, Tom served as medical staff president and on the board of trustees of Fauquier Hospital. During his tenure of leadership, he worked closely with the administration to facilitate transition to a model of “patient-centered care” and Planetree designation, which recognized the hospital’s commitment to the whole patient. He also conceived the Concierge Program, a unique approach to patient advocacy. While in Virginia, Tom served the community as senior warden of his church’s vestry and as a member of several local boards. Playing bass guitar, he was a founding member of a rock band devoted to performing for charity, raising funds for the hospital and local schools. He still serves as Chairman of the board of trustees of Next Generation Choices Foundation, a non-profit whose goal is to raise awareness for reducing risk for human health and the environment. Highlighting healthy lifestyles and choices, the organization also educates on the importance of prevention and reduced incidences of cancer through its Less Cancer campaign. Having moved to Rye with his family in 2008, Tom has embraced his new home. He loves to ski, surf, swim, bike and just be outdoors. He is a legendary fisherman, having last caught a fish when he was 8. He says, “This is a great example where the process is more important than the outcome.” Dr. Sherman has been recognized as a “Top Doctor” by Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Castle Connolly and US News and World Report. Dr. Sherman continues to practice medicine at Exeter Hospital. He was a founding member of Core Gastroenterology, a patient-centered practice which has grown to six providers in the five years since its inception.
Now completing his second term as State Representative for Rockingham District 24 representing Rye and New Castle, he has served on the Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. He was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives as a Commissioner on the Commission to Study Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility. His collaboration with legislators from both chambers and parties resulted in the successful passage of the NH Health Protection Program, representing the House both on the Commission as well as during subsequent negotiations with the Republican Senate caucus. The Speaker also appointed him to the Medical Malpractice Panel and Insurance Oversight Committee. As a response to the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital which he helped discover, working closely with representatives and senators from both sides of the isle, Tom has ushered legislation critical to patient safety through both chambers of the legislature to the Governor’s desk, making New Hampshire the first state in the nation to provide professional oversight of medical technicians. He has done considerable legislative work on medical pricing transparency and hosted forums in both Rye and New Castle for constituents on the NH insurance market. His leadership now extends to the Seacoast Cancer Cluster and work as a member of the legislature’s Joint Task Force to address the opioid crisis.