Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Systemic Mastocytosis
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About Aaron Gerds, MD

Dr. Aaron Gerds completed his undergraduate degree with honors (B.A. in biology and chemistry) at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He then obtained his M.D. from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Gerds stayed at Loyola University Hospital for his Internal Medicine residency training where he also served as chief resident. This is when he first became interested in hematology while analyzing the results of clinical trials under the mentorship of Dr. Patrick Stiff. This experience led him to pursue a master’s degree in clinical research methods and epidemiology during residency. Dr. Gerds then went to Seattle where he completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. During his fellowship, he was awarded the ASBMT’s New Investigator Award. Under the mentorship of Drs. Joachim Deeg and Bart Scott, Dr. Gerds subspecialized in treating patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) such as polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), myelofibrosis (MF), as well as myelodsyplastic syndromes (MDS) and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), with a special emphasis on allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Dr. Gerds is also an active member of the American Society of Hematology, participating in both the Advocacy Leadership Institute and Clinical Research Training Institute, as well as serving on the Test Materials Development Committee. As Assistant Professor in Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology) at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Dr. Gerds serves as the principle investigator for a number of clinical trials for the treatment of MPNs, and is focused on developing novel therapies for these patients.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Washington Medical Center
Hematology and Oncology
Seattle, WA USA

Graduate School - Loyola University
Chicago, IL USA

Residency - Loyola University Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Maywood, IL USA

Medical Education - Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - Hope College
Holland, MI USA


  • Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine - Hematology

Awards & Honors

  • Sigma Xi Senior Research Award, Hope College, April 18, 2002
  • Winner, National Medical Student Research Competition, American College of Physicians, April 24, 2004
  • Winner, Loyola Internal Medicine Clinical Vignette Competition, September 6, 2006
  • Resident of the Year, Loyola University Internal Medicine Residency, 2008 – 2009
  • Resident Teacher of the Year, Loyola University Internal Medicine Residency, 2008 – 2009
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 2010
  • Scholar, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Clinical Research Training Course, July 16, 2012
  • New Investigator Award, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, February 15, 2013
  • Participant, American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Program, 2014
  • Participant, American Society of Hematology Advocacy Leadership Institute, 2014
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/18/2020, Dr. Gerds has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Gerds receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Celgene Corporation

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

129 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

extremely satisfied with this physician/specialist!! He is very knowledgeable and caring!!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

I am very happy with everything at the clinic. Dr. Gerds I s wonderful. He listens, gives me helpful information & is always concerned about everything. He had made a difference in my disease. I am so happy I found him & I love his bow ties.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

I truly cannot say how impressed I have been with my experience at Cleveland Clinic in general and with Dr. Gerds, in particular. As a physician, he is second to none. From my first visit, he took all the time necessary to talk with me and address my concerns. He is extremely informed about the rare blood cancer with which I have been afflicted and spends time acquiring information about latest research and treatments. I am willing to travel 3 1/2 hours to see him, following a truly terrible experience at OSU James Cancer Hospital. I frequently share his name and my experiences on a Facebook page to which I belong solely for individuals with my blood disorder. I am so thankful for Dr. Gerds, the staff at CC, and the facility, in general. I feel I would not be doing as well as I am without the care and support I receive at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Dr.gerds and staff were great.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

It was very frustrating. Last April, I was trying to set up a bone marrow biopsy with radiology. I was told that I needed a separate approval from my insurance for the bmb and when trying to contact the right department to see if it was handled or not, no one seemed to know who was responsible. I was put through to several different departments, put on hold, and disconnected frequently. This had nothing to do with Dr. Gerds department, but more with the rest of the network

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

I feel very lucky to have a doctor who is so knowledgeable about my rare form of cancer. I am glad he is this close (1 hour drive)

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

loved Dr. Gerds

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Dr. Gerds was great!

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Dr Gerds is awesome! I have recommended him many times!

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Dr Gerds is unusal in that he takes his time and listens and spends what ever it takes to give you the answers you are seeking no matter how trivial. Very pleasant and doesn't treat you like a number. Very easy to talk to even when your scared.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Dr Gerds is amazing! he is not in a hurry and answered our questions. I definitely want him in my team!

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

dr Gerd is a great listener and provides all answers. he doesn't rush your appointment

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Dr. Gerds was excellent as always.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

I make the trip from SC to the clinic annually because of the excellent care from Dr Gerds and the staff. It is now 5 years since my BMT and the annual check up is very reassuring.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Dr Gerds is an excellent care giver/provider/clinician and always takes the time for a great patient experience.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Dr Gerds is an MPN expert and he has a great "bed side" attitude. He is a "patient's doctor."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Dr. Gerds is always patient and willing to answer all my questions. He takes the time to give a complete explanation as to why my numbers are high or low and why I would need to get further blood work etc.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

wonderful, informative visit. selecting Dr.Gerds as my physician is the best decision I've made, thus far. He spent an incredible about of time explaining information and sharing resources about my condition. Highly recommend to others!

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

excellent, Dr Gerds makes you feel like he's a concerned family member

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

I really appreciate Dr Gerds for sharing his time, answering our questions, taking the time with us, and particularly his knowledge, which other onocologists and hematologists eyes glass over.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Dr. Gerds is very kind and respectful. He always make you feel comfortable and never rushes you out of the office. I would recommend him 100%

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Dr. Gerds is wonderful. I wish all of my doctors were like him. he patiently answers every question and truly listens to everything you tell him. I truly enjoy coming to see him, as I always leave well informed. I appreciate that he is actively involved in research and clinical trials. He is a very knowledgeable doctor and I would and have recommend him to anyone in need of this type of doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

l love Dr Gerds. my family came from Florida to accompany me for my visit. they were very impressed with him . He talks with us in language we can understand. Thanks Dr Aaron Gerds

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

we love Dr Aaron Gerds

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Dr. Gerds seemed to care more than the others

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

The whole Staff I dealt with was,amazing ,the best Medical Experience I have ever had!! I felt cared for throughout the whole process. Dr. Aaron Gerd was amazin!!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

can't say enough of how well we are informed from dr gerd

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

outstanding experiences with Dr Gerds and his nursing staff, as well as lab staff and administrative personnel

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr Gerds' suggestions re my new pain around right rib/ flank were sort of unexpected, since I mentioned it for the sake of completeness, most welcome, and now at four days in seem to be helping. The rest of our visit was, as always, positive, pleasant and helpful.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

I was impressed by the follow up offered by Dr. Gerds with my doctor here and as a contact for me. That gave me confidence that the time to get to the clinic and the opportunity to see this physician were well worth it. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Gerds as did my family. In the time provided by the appointment I think all the major points were covered at this time.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

I have been seeing Dr. Gerd and his staff for some time now and can't say enough how wonderful everyone is at the Taussig Center. from the valet, lab techs, receptionists, and providers. If unfortunate enough to have a diagnosis of cancer, we are at least blessed with being able to be treated close to home with expert care and kindness.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

I love the Clinic and would not consider going any other place for treatment. Dr. Gerds is wonderful.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr Gerds is wonderful. He explained my disease so thoroughly and was kind.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

very efficient and a professional experience, Dr was well informed. and shared the details of the situation at hand nicely

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