Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS

Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS

Neurosurgeon at UPMC Department of Neurosurgery

Meet Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS

Dr. Peter Gerszten is the Peter E. Sheptak Professor of neurological surgery and director of the Percutaneous Spine Service at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of spinal tumors and minimally invasive spinal surgery. Dr. Gerszten is a pioneer in the field of spinal radiosurgery and oversees the instruction of this developing area of neurosurgery for both the American Association of Neurological Surgery as well as the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Gerszten received his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurological surgery and a fellowship in spinal surgery at UPMC. He also obtained a master of public health degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He is board-certified in neurological surgery. Dr. Gerszten serves on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, and the Journal of Radiosurgery, and he is also co-editor of Spine Radiosurgery, the first complete book on the topic. His clinical interests include minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of spinal disorders and spinal tumors. Dr. Gerszten’s clinical research area of interest is the application of outcomes research to spinal surgical interventions.

Dr. Gerszten is a neurosurgeon with UPMC Department of Neurosurgery.

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Pittsburgh, PA

How Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS Can Help You


  • Neurosurgeon


  • Degenerative Conditions
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Herniation
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Fractures
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hemangiomas
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic Tumors
  • Nerve Compression
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Neurofibroma
  • Schwannoma
  • Spinal Compression Fractures
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Lesions
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Vascular Malformations


  • Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (AxiaLIF)
  • Cervical Discectomy
  • Dynamic Lumbar Spine Stabilization
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microforaminotomy
  • Microlaminectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spine Oncology
  • Stereotatic Radiosurgery
  • Tumor Resection
  • Vertebroplasty

What Patients are Saying About Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS

  • Dr. Gerzsten explained the results of my most recent MRI in terms I could understand. Dr. Gerzsten explained my treatment options, so I could make an informed decision about the care I received.
    — UPMC Patient
  • This is the first time that I feel that I am moving forward toward resolution of my pain. Previously I had been sent to multiple doctors with no resolution.
    — UPMC Patient
  • Dr. Gerszten is simply outstanding. He and his team had the perfect balance of medical expertise and professionalism with bedside manner and concern. They also went above and beyond in terms of fitting me in when my pain became relentless. First, as was appropriate, they ordered me a spinal injection. We all expected that to help, but when it didn't they sprung into action and fit me in not only for an appointment but also for a surgery to relieve the pain. I simply can't say enough about Dr. Gerszten's technical expertise, leadership, teaching ability, and bedside manner. Erin and Art were also very helpful with their communication, responsiveness, and kindness.
    — UPMC Patient
  • This doctor was excellent. He could see that I am an "experienced patient." He sat and spoke with me and took into account all of my issues, not wanting to create more for me. I would definitely recommend him.
    — UPMC Patient
  • I have had quite a difficult time finding a provider that actually cared enough to get to the root of my pain. They gave me answers and options. It was refreshing to stand with a provider that was sensitive and determined to help me in resolving my current conditions. I'm actually looking forward to working with your staff!
    — UPMC Patient
  • Had a major spinal fusion at the age of 30. Dr. Gerstzen and his nurses have been absolutely wonderful! This surgery was the worst pain I ever felt in my life. The recovery has been extremely rough for me. They have been very compassionate and addressed all my concerns. Dr. Gerstzen is truly the best and he is giving me my life back in order to take care of my family. I would recommend him to anyone. I am very thankful for him! I hope this survery gives him and his staff the recognition that they deserve. I have seen a lot of doctors for my spine in the course of 18 years. I can honestly say that they are the best!
    — UPMC Patient
  • My experience was excellent. I believe I found the doctor who can help me.
    — UPMC Patient

Accolades for Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS

Professional Distinctions

  • Fellowship trained, Spine Surgery

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Delta Omega Public Health National Honor Society
  • International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Paleopathology Society
  • Allegheny County Medical Society
  • Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society
  • Pennsylvania State Medical Society

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Office Information for Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS

UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street
Suite A-402
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street
Suite A-402
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

UPMC Department of Neurosurgery's Website

Profile last updated: August 31, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.