Peter C. Gerszten, MD, MPH, is the Peter E. Sheptak Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gerszten joined the Department of Neurological Surgery and the UPMC Spine Services Division in 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and completed his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Gerszten obtained a master of public health degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He completed a fellowship in spinal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Gerszten specializes in disorders of the spine, focusing on spinal neoplasms. His clinical interests include minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of spinal disorders and spinal tumors. Dr. Gerszten’s area of research is the application of outcomes research to spinal surgical interventions. He is a pioneer in the field of spine radiosurgery.
Dr. Gerszten is co-editor of the 2015 second edition Spine Radiosurgery, an authoritative textbook—and the first of its kind—on all aspects of spine radiosurgery. He is also co-editor of the book Controversies in Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Best Evidence Recommendations, a 277-page look into an evidence-based approach to stereotactic radiosurgery for the brain and spine.
Dr. Gerszten currently serves on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, and The Journal of Radiosurgery and SBR.
Dr. Gerszten's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
Specialized Areas of Interest
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Professional Organization Membership
Education & Training
- BA, University of Virginia, 1988
- MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1992
- MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 1998
- Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
- Fellowship, Spine Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 2000
Honors & Awards
- Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2018-21
This year, Dr. Gerszten has begun to explore the role of spinal cord electrical stimulation for an expanding variety of indications. Dr. Gerszten has a long interest in spinal neuromodulation. His previous work documented the potential use of radiosurgery for spinal neuromodulation. Based upon successful animal research, Dr. Gerszten collaborated with members of the University of Pittsburgh Rehabilitation Neural Engineering Laboratories and the Neurosciences Institute of Carnegie Mellon University to perform the first ever implantation of a cervical spinal cord stimulator in a patient with a stroke in order to overcome arm paralysis. Epidural electrical stimulation is currently used to treat pain caused by damage or injury to the cervical spinal nerves. The implantation of electrodes over the cervical dorsal root ganglia should allow for the selective engagement of hand and arm muscles by providing the surviving neural circuits with appropriate electrical signals. By adjusting the location of the cervical leads as well as modifying the electrical stimulation of the spinal cord stimulator, patients should have the ability to regain use of paralyzed limbs.
Dr. Gerszten’s clinical research focuses on the adoption of minimally invasive surgical treatments for disorders of the spine. Such minimally invasive techniques allow for decreased morbidity while improving outcomes in neurosurgical patients. Such techniques include the use of expanded radio frequency ablative techniques for patients with spinal tumors. Dr. Gerszten continues to expand and systematically analyze the clinical outcomes and safety profiles associated with the use of new spinal implant devices. He has a particular interest in documenting the safety and efficacy of minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusions using titanium screw implants for sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Experto dice que la Radiocirugía evita la cirugía en el tratamiento de metástasis que afectan a la columna vertebral
November 6, 2013
SBRT in tumours of the spinal column
July 30, 2013
La Radiocirugía. una alternativa eficaz para evitar la cirugía en el tratamiento de metástasis de la columna vertebral
June 11, 2013
Evaluar al paciente, clave en el manejo de columna vertebal
February 1, 2012
Stereotactic Radiosurgery Matures Into Mainstream Extracranial Technique (pdf)