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[December 1, 2006]
EXPERT IN SPINAL DISORDERS JOINS DOWNSTATE FACULTY
With the arrival of Michael C. Gerling, MD, at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn residents who suffer from back or neck pain have greater choice in diagnostic services and state-of-the-art treatment without having to leave the borough. Dr. Gerling is assistant professor of spine surgery in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine.
Dr. Gerling is a skilled surgeon, experienced in all aspects of spinal care from conservative treatments to complex surgery. He comes to SUNY Downstate from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, where he trained with Dr. Henry Bohlman, one of the founders of spine surgery and the originator of many modern surgical techniques. Dr. Gerling received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego. He performed his orthopedics residency in the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. 
In order to provide easy access for people seeking back or neck pain relief, Dr. Gerling will be seeing patients both at Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn in East Flatbush and at an office in Park Slope.
A native of Toronto and an accomplished athlete, Dr. Gerling is the author of several basic science and clinical publications, abstracts, and presentations. He is actively involved in research on the treatment of compression fractures and kyphosis, the treatment of complications of arthritis and osteoporosis, and the testing of spine-related muscular reflexes. Dr. Gerling also works closely with Downstate faculty who specialize in rheumatology, neurosurgery, and other fields.
Those wishing more information may call 718-270-4540. SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, Staten Island, or Queens, comprising a College of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, and the 376-bed University Hospital of Brooklyn. SUNY Downstate also offers a Master of Public Health degree and is a major research center.