Dr. Michael Gerling, MD
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Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

SpinecareNYC 110 Duane St New York, NY 10007 Get Directions

Care Philosophy

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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Biography

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

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based on 24 total surveys (7 with reviews)
Dr. Gerling's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
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  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
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    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (7)
Brooklyn, NY |
In the beginning I was very afraid/scared to have a neck fusion surgery, until Dr. Gerling said I needed it. I finally went through with it and when I woke up from the operation i couldnt believe that I had no pain, and was able to swallow with very little soreness in my throat. I was up and about quickly and went home within 2 hours and felt like myself, able to everything I needed to do to take care of myself. The numbness was gone. I cant thank Dr. Gerling enough.
in Plainview, NY |
i was experiencing severe sciatic pain and numbness down my legs along with severe neck pain with numbness down my right arm. i had trouble sleeping at night and performing my daily activities for several years. i made an appointment to see Dr Gerling who recommended surgery. I followed his recommendation to have both cervical and lower lumbar surgery. I can't thank Dr. Gerling enough for his professionalism and dedication to my conditions. I now have my quality of life back.
in Brooklyn, NY |
Highly recommended. Dr Gerling addressed my concerns before surgery and really calmed my anxiety. It's been three months now and I've had so much improvement. I'm very grateful.
Brooklyn, NY |
Dr. Gerling really helped me with my neck injury. He has a pleasant staff, good bedside manner and spent a lot of time discussing my options to make me feel comfortable with the plan. The surgery went extremely well and really helped me get back to my life. I am now off pain medication and extremely happy.
in New York, NY |
Before i scheduled my surgery with Dr. Gerling. I was not only in a lot of pain I was very scared. I cancelled several times before the pain was too much to bear. After the surgery I do not feel any more pain and I feel much, much better. I am very thankful to Dr. Gerling and he did an excellent job. I am very appreciative of his skill and his professional nature that made an otherwise frightening experience, a Godsend.
in staten island, ny |
He is good professional, i had a sergery on my neck, He did it, because it was necessary for me. I feel very good. Now, i think. he is the most best doctor.
Brooklyn, NY |
Four tier laminectomy fusion done in March still in agonizing pain. Would not recommend this pompous surgeon to my worst enemy due to the pain and his open privacy policy.
It is very upsetting to receive negative comments and responses can often seem defensive or insecure. That being said, my staff and I were really hurt by this review which undermines everything we do. We strive for excellent customer service and I have excellent outcomes from surgery. In this specific review, I could not find a record of any similar surgery in my practice for the past 5 years. For that reason I suspect that the patient is mistaking my practice for another surgeon.
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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

Dr. Gerling's Care Philosophy

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.

Refer to my website for more details. Search spinecarenyc 

Dr. Gerling says...

SpinecareNYC is the faculty clinical practice of Dr. Gerling and his junior associate, Dr. Joseph Pyun based in the NYC Metropolitan area for over 10 years. Chief of Spine Surgery at NYU Brooklyn Campus and actively involved in Academic research, Dr. Gerling volunteers time at the Medical Centers and for numerous academic societies where he holds high level leadership positions.  He is one of 200 members in the world of the prestigious Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) that sets standards of care for surgical and non-surgical treatment of the cervical spine.  In the CSRS annual Instructional Course Lecture, Dr. Gerling lectures on topics concerning cervical deformity and trauma.  Dr. Gerling is also an active participant and committee member in the Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS) and recently became the Program Chair for the Federation of Spine Associations FOSA (CSRS).  

Dr. Gerling says...

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.

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

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • National Institute of Health Research Grant, 1996
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  • Media & Publications
    • Numerous Publications in peer reviewed journals, text books and print media. National and International lectures and workshops for spine professionals.

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    No malpractice history found for New York.

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    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Back Pain
  • Broken Neck
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2000

  • Residency Hospital
    Ochsner Clinic

    Completed in 2005

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Henry Bohlman, Md-Casewestern Reserve University

    Completed in 2006

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California

    Graduated in 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (PLIF)
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression