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Dr. Peter Gerszten, MD

Neurosurgery ·  Male · Age 52

Dr. Gerszten

UPMC Neurological Surgery

200 Lothrop St # B400 Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Dr. Peter Gerszten, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine in 1992 and specializes in neurosurgery.

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(412) 647-1700

Dr. Gerszten accepts the following insurance:

Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
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Coventry Health Care
Medicare Advantage PFFS
Gateway Health Plan
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Classic Blue
Choice Care PPO
Medical Mutual of Ohio
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Life
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
UPMC Health Plan
Wells Fargo Insurance

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Dr. Gerszten's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gerszten performs Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Gerszten performs this procedure more than 99% of his peers

Lumbar Spine Fracture
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gerszten treats Lumbar Spine Fracture more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Gerszten treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Herniated Disc Surgery
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Gerszten performs Herniated Disc Surgery more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Gerszten performs this procedure more than 98% 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

Dr. Gerszten's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Fracture
  • 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
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • 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 Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

About Me

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 patients as I or my family members would expect to be treated. 


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications


Fellowship Hospital
University Pittsburgh Med Center
Residency Hospital
University Pittsburgh Med Center
Internship Hospital
Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
Medical School


  • Spanish
  • English


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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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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!
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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
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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.
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