Zachary C. Gersey, MD

  • Chief Resident

Zachary C. Gersey, MD, MS, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July of 2017.

Having graduated cum laude from University of Florida with a degree in biology, he completed his medical education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. During medical school, Dr. Gersey became immersed in neurosurgery, both in and out of clinic. He was recognized as a student leader and researcher at both the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative and the Cerebrovascular Institute. His research experience propelled him to earn his master’s degree in translational investigation from the University of Miami through his work in glioblastoma multiforme.

Dr. Gersey’s research is focused on the molecular targeting of glioblastoma stem cells—a subset of cells theorized to be the cause of tumor recurrence and treatment resistance. His research has led to several awards and distinctions and he plans to continue his work while in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Gersey is also involved in community outreach and service, having spent time volunteering in health clinics all over south Florida and also abroad in Central America. His dedication to academics, community, and education led to his election into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Dr. Gersey was born in Rochester, N.Y., but moved to Merritt Island, Fla., while in high school. Outside of medicine, Zach enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer and baseball, playing the guitar and weightlifting.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Neurosurgical oncology; skull base neurosurgery

Education & Training

  • BA, Biology, University of Florida, 2011
  • MA, University of Miami, 2016
  • MD, University of Miami, 2017

Honors & Awards

  • Neil Peart Neurosurgery Research Award, Glioblastoma Foundation, 2020
  • Clinical and Translational Investigation Scholarship, University of Miami, 2016
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Miami, 2016
  • Best Poster Award, Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research, Brain Tumor Summit, 2016