Dr. Peter Gerszten, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 55

Neurosurgery

Dr. Peter Gerszten, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine medical school in 1992. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Upmc East and UPMC Presbyterian. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Peter Gerszten, MD

University Neurosurgical Assoc

200 Lothrop St Ste B-400 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 ()
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l traveled from erie pa. on oct. 16 to have surgery on a herniated l-4 disc. the disc interfered with my sciatica nerve. the pain was unbearable in my hip and down my lower left leg. Dr. Greszten performed the surgery and i have my quality of life back pain free. He saved my life,Also the care and his staff were wonderful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Richard P. Edinger – Nov 22, 2019
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Dr. Gerszten destroyed my husband. He did a surgery on him and discharged him in terrible terrible pain and left him with an unstable spine. My husband has suffered for 18 years since his experience with Gerszten. Horrible and left me with PTSD and a ruined life. He was completely different before the surgery (nice and compassionate) and after (dismissive). We were used and tossed aside.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Oct 01, 2019
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Worse bedside manner I have ever had to experience ... no exam ... if he spent 2 minutes with the patient that was exaggerating... most prejudicial and discriminating doctor I have meet towards overweight women... never discussed test results
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Sep 15, 2019
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It was short i maybe saw him 3 mins at the most said i would be in a wheel chair if i don't get surgery other people came in the room and talked to me about what he will be doing , still rods and screw's and will stick a long needle in my hip and suck out bone marrow and shoot it in my disc , i still don't know if i will go through with it yet .
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Apr 15, 2019
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I will not let anyone except Dr Gerzsten work on me. I went to Ohio State for a cervical fusion in Sept. 2011. After a year my chiropractor recommended I see dr. Gerzsten for a consultation because I wasn't better, I was worse. On a Friday in Jan. 2013, Dr. Gerzsten reviewed my films and said "I'm doing surgery & im doing it Tuesday" the hardware from the first dr needed removed & replaced & a 2nd level done. Dr. Gerzsten was my miracle worker. My back needs done & I won't go anywhere else!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Leilani Williams – Feb 27, 2019
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Never did 1 simple thing for me, except talk over the course of 18 months. never asked about my Parkinson's or how it is affecting my neck and lower back pain. Continually asked me "how I want to proceed?" Ordered Neck Traction, and later discovered from other more competent Neurosurgeons and Neurologists, that the traction actuall caused more damage to my narrow canal in my neck. I have a lower body balance issue, and he said physical therapy on my neck would help push the discs back into place
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Jerri in Mt Lebanon, PA – Feb 15, 2018
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the 'good' doctor has lost his focus and desire to help everyone. 5 visits and all we do is talk.. Well, he talks, I listen. He rarely lets me finish my sentence. He spends very little time with me. Never explains anything. So disheartening to visit this man.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Pittsburgh, PA – Nov 30, 2017
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Care Philosophy

My motto is that "I treat patients, not pictures."  I strongly believe in the bio-psycho-social model of patient care.  I promise to treat my...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2000
Upmc
Fellowship Hospital
1999
University Pittsburgh Med Center
Residency Hospital
1993
U Pittsburgh Med Ctr
Internship Hospital
1992
Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Peter Gerszten, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Gerszten frequently treats Herniated Disc Surgery, Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak), and Neuroplasty. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Gerszten treats.

Where is Dr. Peter Gerszten, MD's office located?

Dr. Gerszten's office is located at 200 Lothrop St Ste B-400, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Gerszten's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Herniated Disc Surgery
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gerszten performs Herniated Disc Surgery more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Gerszten performs this procedure more than 97% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Plating & Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Discectomy
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Spinal Discectomy
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Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gerszten treats Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak) more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Gerszten treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
Neuroplasty
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gerszten performs Neuroplasty more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Gerszten performs this procedure more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Gerszten's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Gerszten accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Amerihealth
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Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
AvMed
Open Access
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Capital Blue Cross
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Choice Advantage
Blue Preferred PPO
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
CoreSource
Coventry Health Care
Medicare Advantage PFFS
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Gateway Health Plan
HealthSmart
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Classic Blue
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicaid
Medical Mutual of Ohio
Medico
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Life
UnitedHealthCare
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Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
UPMC
UPMC PPO
UPMC Health Plan
Wells Fargo Insurance

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University Neurosurgical Assoc200 Lothrop St Ste B-400 Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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