BOOK CHAPTERS "Scoliosis", in Complications of Spinal Instrumentation, Publisher, (2013 Publication Pending) "Surgical Approaches", in Spine Surgery Basics, 2013 "Dural Tears", in Spine Surgery Basics, 2013 "Treatment of Low Grade Spondylolisthesis", in LumboSacral and Pelvic Procedures, 2013 "Surgery for Neuromuscular Kyphosis", in Cervical Spine 5th Edition (Cervical Spine Research Society), 2011 SELECT RECENT RESEARCH PAPERS- Peer Reviewed (Refer to PubMed for full list) "Morbidity of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery in Elderly Has Declined Over Time." Spine. Accepted November 29, 2016. "Trends in Non-operative Treatment Modalities Prior to Cervical Surgery and Impact on Patient-Derived Outcomes: Two Year Analysis of 1522 Patients from the Prospective Spine Treatment Outcome Study." International Journal of Spine Surgery. Accepted October 4, 2016. "Morbidity of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery in Elderly Has Declined Over Time" JAGS- In Review "Two-year results of the prospective spine treatment outcomes study: An analysis of complication rates, predictors of their development, and effect on patient derived outcomes at 2 years for the surgical management of cervical spondylotic myelopathy". Spine 2015 "Risk Factors For Re-operation in Patients Treated Surgically for Intervertebral Disc Herniations. A subanalysis of the 8 year data from the SPORT trial". Journal of bone & joint surgery (American volume). 2015 "Risks Factors For Re-operation in Patients Treated Surgically for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: A subanalysis of the 8 year data from the SPORT trial". Spine journal. 2014 "Risk Factors For Re-operation in Patients Treated Surgically For Lumbar Stenosis: A Subanalysis of the 8 year data from the SPORT trial". Spine journal. 2014 "Risk factors for reoperation in patients treated surgically for intervertebral disc herniations: A subanalysis of the eight-year data from the sport trial". Spine journal. 2014 "Effectiveness of postoperative wound drains in one- and two-level cervical spine fusions", International journal of spine surgery. 2014 "Mitigating adverse event reporting bias in spine surgery". JBJS.2013 "Facet Violation with the Placement of Percutaneous Pedicle Screws." Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Dec "Improved Survivorship after Cement Augmentation for Osteoporotic Compression Fractures". Spine, 2011. "Quality of information concerning cervical disc herniation on the Internet". Spine J, April 2010 "Effects Of Spinous Process Excision On Adjacent Level Motion: A Biomechanical Cadaveric Model". Manuscript in Revision "Dropped Head Deformity due to Cervical Myopathy: Surgical Treatment Outcomes and Complications Spanning Twenty Years". Spine, "LongTerm Follow Up After Partial Fasciectomy for Dupuytren's Contracture Using The Disability Of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) and Patient Rated Wrist/Hand Evaluation (PRWHE) Questionnaires". Manuscript in review. "Posterior tibial tendon tears: comparison of the diagnostic efficacy of MRI and ultrasound for the detection of surgically created longitudinal tears in cadavers", Investig Radiology 2003 "Effect of surgical cricothyrotomy on the unstable cervical spine in a cadaver model of intubation". J Emerg Med. 2001 "Effects of cervical spine immobilization technique and laryngoscope blade selection on an unstable cervical spine in a cadaver model of intubation". Ann Emerg Med 2000 INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS- 37 ACADEMIC SOCIETIES FOSA Program Chairperson (CSRS) - 2017-2020 ACSR Board Member / Executive Committee, 2015- AAOS - Spine Program Committee 2013-2015 CSRS Program Committee 2013-2016 LSRS Program Committee 2014-2016 Young Surgeons Forum, North American Spine Society Pre-Meeting Course, Co-Founder, 2008 - Current Brooklyn Orthopedic Society- Treasurer 2007-2008; Secretary 2008- 09; Vice-president 2009-10; President 2010-11 CSRS, Fellow Research Award, 2006 Finalist Herndon Society Fellow, 2006 North American Spine Society Travel Scholarship, 2003
The ultimate goal is restoration of function, quality of life and pain relief. When spine surgery is needed there are a variety of options using the newest technology to minimize your surgical risks and recovery time. Spine surgery is performed using the most current and reliable technology with minimally invasive techniques in most circumstances. Spine disorders from the neck to the lower back are managed with or without neurologic symptoms such as numbness, weakness or sciatica. Dr. Gerling is a fellowship trained, American Board Certified spine surgeon with advanced specialty training and extensive experience in complex cervical disorders, and minimally invasive techniques. Small tubes and endoscopes are used to perform most surgeries for treatment of spinal trauma, degenerative disorders (aging of the spine), and spinal deformity. For example, Endoscopic Diskectomies only require 7-8 mm incisions in most cases.
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Dr. Gerling's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Gerling's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Chronic Neck Pain
Difficulty With Walking
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Pathological Spine Fracture
Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
Spinal Cord Injury
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of California
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 2000
Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
Henry Bohlman, Md-Casewestern Reserve University
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
National Institute of Health Research Grant, 1996
Media & Publications
Numerous Publications in peer reviewed journals, text books and print media. National and International lectures and workshops for spine professionals.,
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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