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Dr. Michael Gerling, MD

Spine Specialist, Orthopedic Surgeon

Professional statement

Chief of Spine NYU Langone, Brooklyn and Assistant professor at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan, Dr. Gerling specializes in surgical treatment of spinal disorders. He is a fellowship trained, American Board Certified spine surgeon with advanced specialty training and extensive experience in complex cervical disorders, and minimally invasive techniques for treatment of spinal trauma, degenerative disorders or aging of the spine, and spinal deformity. He is most known for his extremely low complication rates and rapid return to work and play in his patients after spinal surgery. Asthetically optimized scars, minimal muscle injury using endoscopic and tubular approaches and excellent people skills are stand out features of the practice. An active academic, Dr. Gerling is engaged in education and research. He has authored multiple clinical and basic science research publications, abstracts and text book chapters, he frequently moderates research symposia, teaches courses for international spine societies and speaks at national and international conferences. He is an editorial reviewer for multiple journals, and he is a course instructor for the only spine surgical skills course offered at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting. As a member of multiple research societies, including the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), North American Spine Society (NASS), and the Herndon Society, he is past President of the Brooklyn Orthopedic Society and a Fellow of the AAOS. He currently sits on the Program Committee for the Spine section of the AAOS, LSRS and CSRS, and he is program chair for the Federation of Spine Societies and sits on the Spine Curriculum Content Committee@AAOS. Dr. Michael Gerling’s offices are conveniently located in Manhattan, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and Staten Island

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • American Republic Insurance Company
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Spine Specialist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Jersey City Medical Center
  • NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute
  • NYU Lutheran Medical Center

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and training

  • Case Western Reserve University, Fellowship in Spine Surgery
  • Medical School - University of California, San Diego, Doctor of Medicine
  • Ochsner Clinic, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Lumbar Spine Research Society
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Awards and publications

  • Passias PG, Auerbach J, Gerling MC, et al. Differences in Primary and Revision Deformity Surgeries: Following 1,063 Primary Thoracolumbar Adult Spinal Deformity Fusions over Time. J Spinal Deformity, Submitted May 2017 Passias PG, Poorman GW, Jalai CM, ... Gerling MC et al. “Morbidity of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery in Elderly Has Declined Over Time.” Spine. November 29, 2016. Gerling MC, Radcliff K, Isaacs R, et al. “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. October 4, 2016. Passias PG, Gerling, MC. Morbidity of Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery in Elderly Has Declined Over Time (JAGS-0815-CM-Jun-16) In Review Gerling MC, Radcliffe K, Isaacs R, et al. 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 (Publication pending) Leven D, Passias PG, Errico TJ,... Gerling MC. 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). 2015:97(16):1316-1325.DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.N.01287 Gerling MC, Leven DM, Lafage V, et al. 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. 2014:14(11):S72-S72. DOI: Leven D M, Passias PG, Errico TJ, ...Gerling MC. 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. 2014:14(11):S69-S69 DOI: Leven DM, Passias PG, Errico TJ,... Gerling M C. 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. 2014:14(11):S95-S96. DOI: Poorman GW, Passias PG, Bianco KM, ... Gerling MC. Effectiveness of postoperative wound drains in one- and two-level cervical spine fusions International journal of spine surgery. 2014:8:1-13.DOI: 10.14444/1034 Gerling MC, et al. Mitigating adverse event reporting bias in spine surgery. JBJS.2013;(95):1450-6 Patel RD, Graziano GP, Vanderhave KL, Patel AA, Gerling MC. Facet Violation with the Placement of Percutaneous Pedicle Screws. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Dec 15;36(26):E174952 Gerling MC, Eubanks J, Bohlman HH, Ahn NU. Improved Survivorship after Cement Augmentation for Osteoporotic Compression Fractures. Spine, Sept 1, 2011. Morr S, Shanti N, Carrer A, Kubeck J and Gerling MC. Quality of information concerning cervical disc herniation on the Internet. Spine J, April 2010,10(4): 350354 Gerling MC. Effects Of Spinous Process Excision On Adjacent Level Motion: A Biomechanical Cadaveric Model. Manuscript in Revision Gerling MC, Bohlman HH. Dropped Head Deformity due to Cervical Myopathy: Surgical Treatment Outcomes and Complications Spanning Twenty Years. Spine. 33(20):E739E745, September 15, 2008 Gerling MC, Authement L, Turley L, Kaye J. 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. MC Gerling, CWA Pfirrmann, Shella Farooki, Kim C, Resnick D, Brage ME. 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; 38(1):5156 MC Gerling, DP Davis, RS Hamilton, Garfin SR, Hayden SR. Effect of surgical cricothyrotomy on the unstable cervical spine in a cadaver model of intubation. J Emerg Med. 2001 Jan;20(1):15 Gerling MC, Davis DP, Hamilton RS, Morris GF, Vilke GM, Garfin SR, Hayden SR. 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 Oct;36(4):293300 Gerling MC, Jossart G, Duh QY, Weier HU, Clark OH, Young DM. Invasion of Human Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma cells in an in vivo invasion model. Thyroid 1999 Dec; 9(12):12216 RESEARCH PAPERS- Non-Peer Reviewed Brooklyn Orthopedic Society Bulletin, Nov 2007- “Commentary on Spinal Disk Replacement Technology”, pp 1-2. RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), 2017 Annual meeting, Hollywood, Florida- “Two-Year Surgical Outcomes of Patients with Cervical Myelopathy: An Analysis of the Impact of Patient Characteristics, Operative Data, and Preoperative Nonoperative Treatment Modalities”. Co-authors: Peter G. Passias, MD; Kris Radcliff, MD; Robert E. Isaacs, MD; Paul M. Arnold; Kristina Bianco, BA; Samantha Horn, BA; Gregory W. Poorman, BA; Anthony J. Boniello, BS; Sun Yang, BA; Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD Cervical Spine Research Society, 2017 Annual meeting, Hollywood, Florida- “Cervical Spine Trauma in Children: Analysis of Changes in Incidence, Etiology, and Concurrent Injuries Among 11,323 Pediatric Patients Over a 10-Year Period”. Gregory W. Poorman; Bryan M Beaubrun; Samantha R. Horn; Bassel G. Diebo; Shaleen Vira; Olivia Bono; Rafeal De La Garza; John Moon; Charles Wang; Brandon P. Hirsch; Jared C. Tishelman; Peter L. Zhou, MD; Peter G. Passias, MD LSRS, 2017 Annual Meeting, Chicago- “Outcomes Of Open Staged Corrective Surgery In The Setting Of Adult Spinal Deformity” LSRS, 2017 Annual Meeting, Chicago- “Outcomes Of Open Staged Corrective Surgery In The Setting Of Adult Spinal Deformity” Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, 2016 Annual Meeting, Las Vegas- “Safety of Endoscopic Discectomy in the Ambulatory Setting” Scoliosis Research Society, 2015 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Sept 2015- “Predictors of Length of Hospital Stay and 30-Day Readmission in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgical Patients: An Analysis of 963 Patients Using the American College of Surgeons Database” Scoliosis Research Society, 2015 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Sept 2015- “Predictors of Length of Hospital Stay and 30-Day Readmission in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Patients: An Analysis of 3057 Patients Using the American College of Surgeons Database” CSRS 2015, London, Uk -Identifying Predictors of Upper Body Post-Operative Pain and Disability Improvement in Surgical Cervical Spine Radiculopathic Patients [Poster]” CSRS European Section Meeting, May 2015, London, Uk - “Non-operative Treatment Modalities Prior To Cervical Surgery Affect Patient Outcomes: An Analysis Of 1818 Patients [Oral]” Co-authors: Dr. Passias, Bianco, Worley, Jalai, Dr. Oh, Dr. Spratt, Dr. Radcliff, Dr. Isaacs, Cowgill, Dr. Vaccaro CSRS European Section Meeting, May 2015, London, Uk - “Predictors Of Two-year Surgical Outcomes Of Patients With Cervical Myelopathy: An Analysis Of 203 Patients [Oral]” Co-authors: Dr. Passias, Bianco, Worley, Jalai, Dr. Oh, Dr. Spratt, Dr. Radcliff, Dr. Isaacs, Cowgill, Dr. Vaccaro ISASS, April 2015, San Diego, CA - “Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: National Trends in the Presentation, Treatment and Perioperative Outcomes over 10 Years [Oral]” Co-Authors: A.E. Macagno, P.G. Passias, B.J. Marascalchi, A.E. Macagno, C.M. Jalai, N.J. Worley, N. Bianco, J.A. Bendo ISASS, April 2015, San Diego, CA - “Analysis of Post-operative Clinical Outcome between Patients with and without History of Prior Cervical Spine Surgery - a Multicenter Study of 1313 Patients of 2-year Follow-up from the Association for Collaborative Spinal Research {Oral]” Cp-Authors: C.M. Jalai, K. Radcliff, P.G. Passias, N.J. Worley, C.M. Jalai, K. Bianco, C. Oh, R.E. Isaacs, A.R. Vaccaro ISASS, April 2015, San Diego, CA - “Predictors of Two-year Surgical Outcomes of Patients with Cervical Myelopathy: An Analysis of 203 Patients [Oral]” Co-Authors: Shaleen Vira, P.G. Passias, K. Bianco, N.J. Worley, C.M. Jalai, C. Oh, K.F. Spratt, K. Radcliff, R. Isaacs, I. Cowgill, A.R. Vaccaro ISASS, April 2015, San Diego, CA - “Surgical Management of Cervical Myelopathy: An Analysis of Patient Characteristics, Surgical Procedures, Complication Rates and Risk Factors[Oral]” Co-Authors: Shaleen Vira, P.G. Passias, K. Radcliff, R.E. Isaacs, K. Bianco, C.M. Jalai, N.J. Worley, A.R. Vaccaro ISASS, April 2015, San Diego, CA - “Non-operative Treatment Modalities Prior to Cervical Surgery Affects Patient Outcomes: An Analysis of 1818 Patients [Oral-Poster]” Co-Authors: M. Spiegel, R. Isaacs, C.M. Jalai, K. Radcliff, N.J. Worley, K. Bianco, V. Challier, B.J. Marascalchi, P.G. Passias, A. Vaccaro ISASS, April 2015, San Diego, CA - “The Impact of Advanced Age on Peri-operative Outcomes in the Surgical Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy [Oral-Poster]” Co-Authors: P.G. Passias, A.E. Macagno, B.J. Marascalchi, P.G. Passias, N.J. Worley, C.M. Jalai, K. Bianco, J.A. Bendo American Academy of Orthopedics, March 2015, Las Vegas, NV – “The Impact of Advanced Age on Peri-Operative Outcomes in the Surgical Treatment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy[Oral]” American Academy of Orthopedics, March 2015, Las Vegas, NV – “Risks Factors For Reoperation After Surgery for Intervertebral Disc Herniations: Subanalysis of 8 year SPORT data [Oral]” NASS 11thAnnual Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Salt Lake, Utah, “Risks Factors for Reoperation after Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Subanalysis of Eight-Year SPORT Data [Oral]” NASS 11thAnnual Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Salt Lake, Utah, “Risks Factors for Reoperation after Surgery for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis: Subanalysis of Eight-Year SPORT Data [Poster]” NASS 11thAnnual Evidence and Technology Spine Summit, Salt Lake, Utah, “Risks Factors for Reoperation after Surgery for Intervertebral Disc Herniations: Subanalysis of Eight-Year SPORT Data [Oral]” NASS Annual Meeting, Nov. 2014, San Fran, CA - “Reoperation after surgery for Spondylolisthesis [Poster]” NASS Annual Meeting, Nov. 2014, San Fran, CA - “Reoperation after surgery for Spinal Stenosis [Poster]” NASS Annual Meeting, Nov. 2014, San Fran, CA - “Reoperation after surgery for Disk Herniations[Oral]” International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), July 16-19, 2014 in Valencia, Spain- “Risks Factors For Re-operation in Patients Treated Surgically for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis[Oral]” International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), July 16-19, 2014 in Valencia, Spain- “Risks Factors For Re-operation in Patients Treated Surgically for Spinal Stenosis[Poster]” Lumbar Spine Research Society, May 2014, “Risk factors for re-operation in patients treated surgically for lumbar stenosis: A sub-analysis of the eight year data from the SPORT trail [Oral]” Lumbar Spine Research Society, May 2014, “Risk factors for re-operation in patients treated surgical for degenerative spondylolisthesis: A sub-analysis of the eight year data from the SPORT trial [Oral]” Lumbar Spine Research Society, May 2014, “Risk factors for reoperation in patients treated surgically for intervertebral disc herniations: A sub-analysis of the eight year data from the SPORT trial [Oral]” Scoliosis Research Society, “Selective versus non-selective thoracic fusion in Lenke 1C curve: A meta- analysis of baseline characteristics and postoperative outcomes-[Oral]” American Academy of Orthopedics, March 2014, San Diego, CA – “Dysphagia Following Anterior Cervical Discetomy and Fusion: National Incidence and Risk Factors [Poster]”. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, San Diego, USA, Feb 2011 Instructional Course Lecture 407, Pathophysiology and Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis" Interspinous Devices and MIS Decompression for Spinal Stenosis [Oral]” North American Spine Society, Orlando, USA, Oct 2010 "Young Surgeon's Perspectives on Academic Career [Oral]" AO North America, “2010 Challenges in Fracture Care Across Disciplines” meeting, November 2010, Phoenix, AZ, USA- "Calcium Phosphate (CaP) Cement and Spinal Augmentation: Cadaveric and Biomechanical Properties with use of Radio-opacifers [Poster]" World Forum for Spine Research, July 2010, Montreal, Canada - "Radio-Opacification of calcium phosphate cement for spinal augmentation: cadaveric and biomechanical study” World Spine V, May 2010, Santarini, Greece- "Spinal Augmentation: Cadaveric and Biomechanical Study of the Effects of Radio-opacification of CaP cement [Oral]" Lumbar Spine Research Society, April 2010, Chicago, IL - "Necessity of Radio-Opacification of Calcium Phosphate Cement during Spinal Augmentation [Oral]" American Academy of Orthopedics, March 2010, New Orleans, LA – “Radio-opacification of Calcium Phosphate (CaP) cement for spinal augmentation: Cadaveric and Biomechanical Study [Poster]” American Academy of Orthopedics, March 2010, New Orleans, LA – “Adjacent Level Motion After Lumbar Laminectomy compared with Posterior Instrumented Fusion: A Biomechanical Model [Oral]” Cervical Spine Research Society- European Section, June, 2009 Uppsala, Sweden- “Cervical Disc Herniation: The Quality of Information on the Internet [Oral]” Lumbar Spine Research Society, April 2009, Chicago, IL – “Adjacent Level Motion After Lumbar Surgery: A Biomechanical Model Compares Traditional Laminectomy With Posterior Instrumented Fusion [Oral]” American Academy of Orthopedics, Feb 2007, San Diego, CA – “Dropped head deformity: Long-term surgical outcomes and complications [Poster]”. American Academy of Orthopedics, Feb 2007, San Diego, CA – “Improved survivorship after cement augmentation for osteoporotic compression fractures [Oral]”. Cervical Spine Research Society, Dec 2006, Palm Beach Florida – “Dropped head deformity: Long-term surgical outcomes and complications [Oral]”. International Society For The Study Of The Lumbar Spine, June 2006, Bergen, Norway –“Long-term survivorship analysis after osteoporotic compression fractures of the thoracolumbar spine in elderly patients: percutaneous cement augmentation versus brace treatment” Louisiana Orthopedic Association - November 2000, New Orleans – “Comparison between mri and us in the analysis of surgically created posterior tibial tendon tears in cadavers [Oral]” Radiological Society of North America- Annual Meeting, November 2000, Chicago- “PTT tears: Comparison between MR Imaging and US in the analysis of surgically created lesions in cadavers [Oral]” American College of Emergency Physicians- National Meeting , October 1998, San Diego - “Movement across an unstable cervical spine injury in a cadaver model of intubation [Oral]” American College of Emergency Physicians- California Meeting, June 1998, Monterey -“Effect of laryngoscope blade type and c-spine immobilization technique on an unstable c-spine injury [Poster]” UC Berkeley Genetics Symposium, June 1995, Berkeley – “Invasion of Human Follicular Thyroid Carcinoma Cells in an in vivo invasion model [Oral]” Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, May 1998, Chicago - “Effect of laryngoscope blade type and c-spine immobilization technique on intubations [Poster]”

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  • English
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Male

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1376647891

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110 Duane Street, Main Floor

New York, NY 10007

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610 Washington Blvd

Jersey City, NJ 07310

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7316 13th Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11228

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2076 Hylan Blvd

Staten Island, NY 10306

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Jersey City, NJ 07302

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