Zachary C. Gersey, MD

PGY-2 Resident

Zachary Gersey




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 weight lifting.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Neurosurgical oncology; skull base neurosurgery; education in neurosurgery.

Education & Training

BA, Biology, University of Florida, 2011
MS, University of Miami, 2016
MD, University of Miami, 2017

Honors & Awards

Best Poster Award, Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research, Brain Tumor Summit, 2016
Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Miami, 2016
Clinical and Translational Investigation Scholarship, University of Miami, 2016

Selected Publications

Gersey ZC, Rodriguez GA, Barbarite E, Sanchez A, Walters WM, Ohaeto KC, et al. Curcumin decreases malignant characteristics of glioblastoma stem cells via induction of reactive oxygen species. BMC Cancer 17(1):99, 2017.

Gersey ZC, Burks SS, Anderson KD, Dididze M, Khan A, Dietrich WD, et al. First human experience with autologous Schwann cells to supplement sciatic nerve repair: report of 2 cases with long-term follow-up. Neurosurgical Focus 42(3):E2, 2017.

Jimenez JE, Gersey ZC, Wagner J, Snelling B, Ambekar S, Peterson EC. Role of follow-up imaging after resection of brain arteriovenous malformations in pediatric patients: a systematic review of the literature. J Neurosurg Pediatr 19(2):149-56, 2017.

Shah SS, Gersey ZC, Nuh M, Ghonim HT, Elhammady MS, Peterson EC. Microsurgical versus endovascular interventions for blood-blister aneurysms of the internal carotid artery: systematic review of literature and meta-analysis on safety and efficacy. J Neurosurg [Epub ahead of print], 2017.

Rodriguez GA, Shah AH, Gersey ZC, Shah SS, Bregy A, Komotar RJ, Graham RM. Investigating the therapeutic role and molecular biology of curcumin as a treatment for glioblastoma. Ther Adv Med Oncol 8(4):248-60, 2016.

Farook N, Haussen D, Sur S, Snelling B, Gersey Z, Yavagal D, Peterson E. Role of heparin during endovascular therapy for acute ischemic stroke. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 145:64-7, 2016.