Stanley D. Gertzbein, MD, FRCS (C)

Stanley D. Gertzbein, MD, FRCS (C)

Area of Specialty: Conservative Spine Care
Education: MD, University of Toronto Medical, Toronto, Canada
Residency: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Fellowship: Sunnybrook Medical Center, Toronto, Canada; Northwick Hospital, London, England; St. Mary’s Hospital, Hong Kong, China
Certifications & Titles: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; Faculty member, University of Colorado; Clinical Professor, University of Texas, Galveston

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Dr. Gertzbein is a board-certified, internationally respected orthopedic surgeon with 40 years of clinical experience as a spine specialist, treating common and complex spinal disorders. He received his medical degree and orthopedic training at the University of Toronto in Canada, and subsequently trained in London, England, and Hong Kong. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Colorado and holds the rank of Clinical Professor on the faculty of the University of Texas in Galveston. He has held the same rank at Baylor College of Medicine and was Full Professor at the University of Toronto where he was also the Director of the Spine Trauma Unit, the largest in Canada. As well, he has taught at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston where was voted the best teacher by the orthopedic residents.

Dr. Gertzbein has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and has authored chapters in 25 textbooks as well as writing a textbook on spinal fractures. He has lectured extensively including more than 400 presentations, many as a visiting professor at colleges, universities and orthopedic societies throughout the world.

Dr. Gertzbein has been involved in research throughout his career both in basic science and clinical studies. He has developed a spinal instrumentation device for use in anterior spinal surgeries with several patents related to spinal devices. In the December 2018 issue of the journal SPINE, one of Dr. Gertzbein’s research papers was noted to be in the top 10 most cited papers in the world by other researchers over the past 40 years.

He has held national and international appointments on the executive boards of the premiere spine societies: The International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine, The North American Spine Society and The Scoliosis Research Society. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Spine and The Spine Journal.

Dr. Gertzbein has traveled to third world countries providing humanitarian aid, rendering medical care to the injured including the war-torn regions of Croatia. He has appeared on the premiere program of Stephen Spielberg’s ABC series “Miracle Workers.”

Dr. Gertzbein’s experience as an expert witness extends more than 15 years, and he has testified on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, in malpractice as well as personal injury cases.

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Below please find an executive list of peer-reviewed articles published by Stanley D. Gertzbein, MD, FRCS (C):

Stanley D. Gertzbein, Andrew Bullington David Khoury & Andrew I. Larson. Spinal Fractures Associated with Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries: Thoracic and Lumbar Fracture Patterns According to the AO Classification. American J. of Sports Medicine, 40:1750 – 1754, 2012.

M. Taylor, J. A. Hipp, S.D. Gertzbein, S. Gopinath & C. A. Reitman. Observer Agreement in Assessing Flexion-Extension X-rays of the Cervical Spine, with & without the Use of Quantitative Measurements of Intervertebral Motion. The Spine Journal, Vol.7, #7 pp. 654-658, 2007.

C. A. Reitman, S.D. Gertzbein and W. R. Frances. Lumbar Isthmic Defects in Teenagers Resulting from Stress Fractures. Spine Journal, Vol 2 No. 4, pp303-306, 2002.

S.D. Gertzbein and M.R. Hollopeter. Disc Herniation After Lumbar Fusion. SPINE, Vol 27 No 16, pp. E373-E376, 2002.

S.D. Gertzbein, M. Hollopeter, S.D. Hall. Analysis of Circumferential Lumbar Fusion: Outcome in the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease of the Lumbar Spine. Journal of Spinal Disorders, Vol. 11, No. 6, pp. 472-478, 1999.

S.D. Gertzbein, M.R. Hollopeter, S. Hall. Pseudoarthrosis of the Lumbar Spine: Outcome After Circumferential Fusion. SPINE, Vol. 23, No. 21, pp. 2352-2356, 1998.

S.D. Gertzbein M.D. Traumatic Pneumomyelography: A Marker of Spinal Column Injury in the Face of Innocuous Spine Fractures: Two Case Reports. SPINE, Vol. 23, No. 11, pp. 1283-1286, 1998.

S.D. Gertzbein M.D., M. Hollopeter, PA-C, J.E. Bertini, M.D. and H.D. Murdock, M.D. An Unusual Cause of Lumbar Discitis. SPINE, Vol. 23, No. 6, pp. 734-736, 1998.

Gertzbein, S.D., Betz, R., Clements, D., Errico, T., Hammerberg, K., Robbins, S. Shepherd, E., Weber, A., Kerina, M., Albin, J., Wolk, D., Ensor, K. Semi-rigid Instrumentation in the Management of Lumbar Spinal Conditions Combined with Circumferential Fusion: A Multicenter Study. SPINE, Vol. 21:16, pp. 1918-1925, 1996.

M.D. Harris, J. Davis and S.D. Gertzbein. Iliac Crest Reconstruction After Tri-Cortical Graft Harvesting. Journal of Spinal Disorders, Vol. 7:3, pp. 216-221, 1994.


“I was very pleased with the care I obtained from Dr. Gertzbein. Through his thorough evaluation it was determined my source of pain was my spine, and not muscular pain. He got me into a treatment plan which included physical therapy—I am now pain free and have been able to return to work and all the activities I enjoy, including skiing and weight lifting.”

— Mark Hinen


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