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We are experts in endoscopic spine surgery, the most minimally invasive way to operate on the spine. Robotic navigation is used to maximize our accuracy.
– Michael Gerling, MD

Advanced & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Led by orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Michael Gerling, The Gerling Institute provides comprehensive care for spinal disorders from the neck to lower back, utilizing the most current state-of-the-art medical technology available. We apply the least invasive surgical techniques possible to suit the needs of each individual patient, ranging from endoscopic procedures to disc replacement and deformity reconstruction.

Our ultimate goal is restoration of function, quality of life and pain relief. When spine surgery is needed there are a variety of options using the newest technology to minimize your surgical risks and recovery time. Minimally invasive procedures are our specialty. We work together as a team to formulate an optimal treatment plan specific to your needs.

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Voted Top Spine Surgeon

Best Spine Surgeon in New York? Our peers think so. Each year Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follow a rigorous screening process to select top doctors through its established peer based nomination survey. This involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians and the Top Doctor selection process is entirely merit-based. The Castle Connolly recognition in medicine is considered by physicians to be one of the only legitimate recognized categories of excellence in American medicine. Gerling Institute is proud to be selected as top spine surgeons in Castle Connolly’s 2023 selections of the best physicians in America.

In New York & New Jersey

Our offices are conveniently located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey. Operative procedures are performed in the NYU Medical System Facilities in Brooklyn and Manhattan.


Dr. Michael Gerling is a fellowship trained and American Board Certified orthopedic spine surgeon with advanced specialty training and extensive experience.


Our approach and the specialized techniques we employ at the Gerling Institute consistently result in considerably shorter patient recovery times.


We treat spinal conditions with advanced technology and medical techniques including image guided spine surgery using specialized cameras and instruments.


Minimally invasive spine surgery techniques allow us to achieve outcomes equivalent to open surgery but with less pain and shorter hospital stays.


We are specialists in pain management and offer both surgical and non-surgical solutions to pain treatment. Our focus is pain relief.


We are a truly multi-lingual clinic where, in addition to English, our doctors and staff speak Spanish, French, Korean, and Russian.

Spine Surgery


  • Spine Injuries and Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Disk Herniation and Disk Disease
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Radiculopathy (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar)
  • Spinal Deformity, Kyphosis and Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Spine Fracture and Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Spinal Revision Surgery
  • Second Opinions for Spinal Disorders


  • Endoscopic Diskectomy and Laminectomy
  • Endoscopic Awake Lumbar Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion (TLIF)
  • Total Disk Replacement (TDR; Cervical Disk Replacement)
  • Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Deformity and Scoliosis Correction, Minimally Invasive
  • Rhizotomy
  • SacroIliac Fusion
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Intradiscal Therapy

Spine Surgery / Research Doctors

American board certified and fellowship trained, the doctors at The Gerling Institute take time to focus on each patient’s goals and individual needs. It is our highest priority to ensure that each patient receives the best possible medical care.

What Patients Say

Below are a few reviews from patients who shared their experiences online.

I was back to work within a few days of surgery after suffering with intense neck and back pain for 15 years. I wish I had done this a decade ago. Dr. Gerling was absolutely fantastic. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I am pain free. My surgery was literally life changing.

James P

Surgery Patient

He’s An amazing surgeon with a great team of staff members who explain thoroughly and answer all and any questions. They made me feel comfortable right away. I’m currently healing after a cervical fusion surgery done by Dr Gerling. I recommend all friends and family to see this specialist. Thank you guys!!

Michael P

Surgery Patient

I had a discectomy done in April 2019 by Dr. Gerling. I was having severe pain in my low back that radiated down my right leg. The surgery went great! After 1 month, most of my pain was gone. I am very happy I got this procedure done. Dr. Gerling is a very nice man. Dr. Gerling and his staff held my hand thru everything, every step of the way made me feel very comfortable. I love that about this place.

Charmoo G

Surgery Patient

“Before surgery I was very scared that I would lose my ability to walk. I had a lot of pain, tingling and numbness shooting down my left leg from a pinch nerve, three herniation's and slip disks. After the surgery, though I am still healing I feel much better. Dr Gerling"s entire staff was very professional and made me feel very comfortable throughout my procedure. Thank you all!”

Fred M

Surgery Patient

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