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Daniel E. Gelb, MD

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Vice Chair

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110 S. Paca Street, 6th Floor, Suite 300

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Education and Training


1983    BA,                 Dartmouth College (Government)

                                  Graduated Summa Cum Laude

1987    MD,                New York University School of Medicine




Post Graduate Education and Training

 1987-1988                 Internship      General Surgery, University of Rochester

1988-1989                  Fellowship      (Research) University of Rochester

1989-1993                  Residency       Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Rochester

1993-1994                  Fellowship      Orthopaedic Spine, Washington University

1994                           Fellowship       Yves Cotrel Fellowship for Surgery of the Spine,

                                                          Berck Plage and Paris, France (3 months)



Dr. Daniel E. Gelb is a professor of orthopaedics and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Gelb received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Rochester. He then completed an orthopaedic spine fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an Yves Cotrel Fellowship for the study of surgery of the spine in Paris, France. Before coming to the University of Maryland, Dr. Gelb spent 8 years as an assistant professor of orthopaedics at Penn State University College of Medicine. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Gelb is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor society for medicine. He is a recipient of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Grant for research in autocrine regulation of chondrocyte maturation and was awarded the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr., MD, Teaching Award in 2001 and 2009. His areas of clinical interest include adult and pediatric spinal deformity, including scoliosis and kyphosis, spinal tumors and infections, spinal trauma, and a full range of degenerative spinal conditions. Dr. Gelb was named The Washington Post Magazine's Super Doctor 2011 for Orthopaedics. Dr. Gelb was named a "Top Doctor" in the specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine by Baltimore magazine in 2016 and 2017.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Adolescent scoliosis, adult and pediatric spine deformity, disc herniation and replacement, image-guided spine surgery, kyphosis, minimally invasive spine surgery, myelopathy, radiculopathy, scoliosis, spinal reconstructive surgery, spinal infections, spinal stenosis, spinal trauma, spinal tumors

Highlighted Publications

1. Jazini E, Klocke N, Tannous O, Johal HS, Hao J, Salloum K, Gelb DE, Nascone
JW, Belin E, Hoshino CM, Hussain M, O╩╝Toole RV, Bucklen B, Ludwig SC. Does
lumbopelvic fixation add stability? A cadaveric biomechanical analysis of an
unstable pelvic fracture model. J Orthop Trauma 2017;31(1):37–46. doi:
10.1097/BOT.0000000000000703. PubMed PMID: 27997465.

2. Tannous O, Jazini E, Weir TB, Banagan KE, Koh EY, Anderson DG, Gelb DE, Ludwig
SC. Facet joint violation during percutaneous pedicle screw placement: A
comparison of two techniques. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2017;42(15):1189–1194. PubMed PMID: 27922578.

3. Sedney CL, Daffner SD, Obafemi-Afolabi A, Gelb D, Ludwig S, Emery SE, France
JC. A comparison of open and percutaneous techniques in the operative fixation of
spinal fractures associated with ankylosing spinal disorders. Int J Spine Surg
2016;10:23. doi: 10.14444/3023. PubMed PMID: 27441181; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC4943162.

4. Paryavi E, Yanko M, Jaffe D, Nimmgadda N, Nouveau J, Schiavone J, Gilotra M,
Gelb D, Ludwig SC. Implantable direct current spinal fusion stimulators do not
decrease implant-related infections in a rabbit model. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead
NJ) 2014;43(5):E98–E104. PubMed PMID: 24839636.

5. Gelb DE, Aarabi B, Dhall SS, Hurlbert RJ, Rozzelle CJ, Ryken TC, Theodore N,
Walters BC, Hadley MN. Treatment of subaxial cervical spinal injuries.
Neurosurgery 2013;72[suppl 2]:187–194. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e318276f637.
Review. PubMed PMID: 23417190.