The Gerling Institute:
Transforming Pain Into Possibility


Welcome to The Gerling Institute

Center for Musculoskeletal and Neurological Care

The Gerling Institute, founded and led by orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Michael Gerling, is a distinguished national and international group of surgeons, researchers, and practitioners with more than 25 years of experience. We specialize in providing comprehensive care for spinal disorders, ranging from the neck to the lower back using the latest state-of-the-art medical technology. Our emphasis is on conservative care including non operative and alternative treatments and minimally invasive surgical techniques when needed. Our treatment plans are tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs. The Gerling Institute is renowned for its outstanding patient care and consistently excellent outcomes.

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Meet Dr. Michael Gerling

Dr. Michael Gerling is an esteemed specialist in minimally invasive spine surgery.  He is notably one of the early adopters in the U.S. of fully endoscopic spinal decompression procedures and is American Board Certified in Orthopedic Spine Surgery. His commitment to academics and research is highlighted through his involvement in various surgical societies, publications, and the establishment of the Gerling Institute.

Dr. Michael Gerling offers personalized treatment plans that cater to each patient’s unique needs. Recognizing that surgery isn’t always the best or only option, he provides a comprehensive approach that includes non-operative treatments. Patients seeking Dr. Gerling’s expertise can book a consultation to explore tailored solutions for their spinal conditions. His balanced approach between operative and non-operative methods ensures that patients receive the most appropriate and effective care for their specific situation.

Meet Dr. Zorica Buser

Dr Zorica Buser a leading expert in clinical spine research and regenerative medicine. She is an expert in her field and has extensive experience in her specialties. 

Zorica Buser, PhD MBA

Dr. Buser is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU's Grossman School of Medicine. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Ulm in Germany, and her executive MBA from Marshall School of Business

Innovative New Spine Treatments: Harnessing The Body's Natural Healing Potential

The Gerling Institute’s pioneering cell based spine treatments offer a groundbreaking approach to spinal health. Utilizing regenerative therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), we tap into the body’s innate healing capabilities to repair damaged tissues and alleviate pain in the spine. Our treatments begin with a tailored assessment, leading to personalized therapies. C therapy uses the patient’s own cells for tissue repair, while PRP therapy concentrates the patient’s platelets to stimulate healing.
  • Customized Treatment Plans: Tailored strategies for each patient’s unique needs.
  • Stem Cell and PRP Therapies: Advanced techniques to promote the body’s natural tissue healing process.
  • Minimally Invasive: Simple, low-risk procedures with quick recovery.
  • Effective Pain Relief: Significant reduction in chronic spinal pain.
  • Holistic Care Approach: Integrating these innovative methods with comprehensive spinal treatment.
These state-of-the-art therapies highlight The Gerling Institute’s commitment to leading-edge, patient-centric spinal care, offering sustainable healing and improved quality of life for patients with spinal disorders.

Our Program Offers:

Non-Invasive Techniques: Healing without Surgery

We assess each individual’s back pain, exploring non-invasive techniques first to manage pain and restore function such as injections, physical therapy, and other procedures.

  • Therapeutic Exercise: Customized physical therapy programs for recovery and strength.
  • Advanced Pain Relief: Leading-edge, non-surgical methods for effective pain management.
  • Innovative Cellular Therapies: State-of-the-art treatments that harness the body’s natural healing potential to promote tissue repair.

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery

When surgery is needed, our ultra-small endoscopic spine procedures represent the pinnacle of minimally invasive surgery. These advanced techniques involve the use of tiny cameras and instruments, leading to less pain and scarring, and faster recovery.

  • Reduced Trauma: Minimal disruption to surrounding tissues.
  • Advanced Visualization: High-definition cameras for precise surgery.
  • Rapid Recovery: Quicker return to normal activities.

Pain Management: Focused Relief and Recovery

Our pain management approach combines advanced treatment techniques with a personalized touch. We concentrate on pinpointing and alleviating the source of pain, utilizing a blend of medication, therapy, and minimally invasive procedures. Our commitment is to deliver effective and sustainable pain relief, enhancing patient comfort and quality of life.

  • Targeted Treatments: Precise identification and treatment of pain sources.
  • Customized Strategies: Tailored plans to suit individual patient needs.
  • Long-term Relief: Focus on durable solutions for ongoing comfort and recovery.

State-of-the-Art Diagnostic and Treatment Facilities

We have streamlined our diagnostic and treatment processes to provide you with efficient, high-quality care that respects your time and needs. Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped to offer a seamless healthcare experience, featuring:

  • Advanced Imaging Technology: Equipped with cutting-edge imaging for precise diagnoses.
  • In-Office Procedure Suite: Comfortable, efficient on-site treatments for added convenience.
  • Same-Day Procedures: Timely care with many treatments available on the same day for faster recovery.

We Offer A Spectrum Of Advanced Procedures

Explore Our Expertly Performed Treatments Tailored To Each Patient


Intradiscal Therapy (Stem Cell Therapy)

Restorative approach to heal spinal disc damage.


Endoscopic Diskectomy and Laminectomy

Minimally invasive disc removal and spinal nerve pressure relief surgery.


Endoscopic Awake Lumbar Fusion

Spine stabilization with patient awake, using minimal incisions.


Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion (TLIF)

Less invasive fusion for lumbar spine stability and pain


Total Disk Replacement (TDR; Cervical Disk Replacement)

Replaces damaged disk with an artificial disk.

Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Removes damaged disk, fuses vertebrae from front.


Deformity and Scoliosis Correction, Minimally Invasive

Corrects spinal curves with minimal disruption.



Nerve destruction to relieve chronic back pain.


SacroIliac Fusion

Stabilizes sacroiliac joint to alleviate pain.


Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation

Device to reduce chronic pain through nerve stimulation.



Treats spinal fractures, restores height, and relieves pain.

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Gerling Institute Locations

9 Locations Across New York City & New Jersey

Park Avenue

740 Park Avenue, New York NY 10021 (entrance at 73 East 71st St.)

NYC - Downtown

234 East 23rd St, New York NY 10010


2279 Coney Island Ave 2nd Flr, Bklyn NY 11223

Brooklyn - Admin

94 9th St, Unit 1-222, Bklyn NY 11215


80-02 Kew Gardens Rd, Kew Gardens NY 11415

Staten Island

1497 Richmond Rd, Staten Island NY 10304

Clifton NJ

1117 US-46, Suite 202, Clifton NJ 07013

New Brunswick

303 George St, Suite 103, New Brunswick NJ 08901

West Orange

443 Northfield Ave, Suite 203, West Orange NJ 07052