Dr. Herschaft received a BA degree from Queens College - City University of New York, a DDS from West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry, a certificate in oral and maxillofacial pathology from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. He is Professor Emeritus - MUSC College of Dental Medicine, Retired  Tenured Professor of Biomedical Sciences - University of Nevada - Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, and Guest Professor - Nankai University Medical School in Tianjin, China.  Dr. Herschaft retired as a forensic dentist with the Clark County, Nevada Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner. He has been vice-president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and American Board of Forensic Odontology. Additionally, he has served as president of the American Society of Forensic Odontology.

 Dr. Herschaft was designated a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the WVU School of Dentistry Alumni Association in 1998 and has been recognized by several national organizations and state agencies for his forensic dental services.  A retired Diplomate of the American Boards of Oral Medicine and Forensic Odontology and Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists, AAFS and Pierre Fauchard Academy; he has published and presented extensively in the United States and abroad regarding oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral medicine, the opioid epidemic, pharmacology in dental practice, and forensic dentistry.