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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

  • BMT (Bone Marrow Transplantation)
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Cancer Center
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Stem Cell Transplant
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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
View all 6 Specialties +


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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
  • 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

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 2/20/2022, 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 (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • AbbVie, Inc.
  • CTI Biopharma Corp

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

83 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr gerds is so knowledgeable and explains so well.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

I am confident I had the best doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

I don't live near a MPN specialist so I am very thankful to be able to do virtual visits with Dr. Gerds. He's a top notch doctor and I trust his expertise.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr. Gerds is an excellent doctor and I trust his expertise.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Everyone is great from the valet to the doctor would not want to go anywhere else thank you

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Dr. Gerds is the best makes sure all your questions are answered and you understand them

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Dr. Gerds very professional and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

I have always had the best cooperation and ease of scheduling appointments with Dr. Gerds and with his staff.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr. Aaron Gerds is thorough, kind and caring. He is able to share his perspective in an understandable manner and answers any questions.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Gerds is able to paint a picture of ET like no other provider. He never seemed rushed and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

Very delighted to have Dr Gerds as my consultant. He was very cordial and answers all my questions

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr. Was very thorough and pleasant to interact with

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Great experience with a very caring doctor Gerds

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Dr Gerds is an outstanding doctor when it comes to listening and explaining the current state and proposed treatment plans. I appreciate the time Dr Gerds spends with me to answer my questions and provide updates regarding proposed treatment options.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

As patients of we have done too good a job of promoting Dr Gerds in our MF support groups on FB. A couple of years ago it was very easy to get an appointment "exactly" when I wanted. Now it takes more flexibility on my part as the practice has grown. My comfort level with Dr Gerds and his team has reached a level that I would not want to relocate away from easy access to Dr Gerds' practice.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

Dr. Gerd is a great educator.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2022

Excellent, top-notch doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

I'm glad that Dr Herds was recommended by Dr Lichtin as this seems to be his specialty.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

I will be using Dr. Gerds as my MPN specialist in conjunction with my Hematologist/Oncologist at home.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Dr Gerds is top notch - thorough, thoughtful, knowledgable, kind, creative - thinks outside the box Dr Gerds is everything we have come to expect in excellent patient care since my husband had his last open heart surgery performed here in 2010.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Dr. Gerds' staff is terrific. Anytime I reached out via phone or MyChart I was able to receive a quick response.

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Dr Gerds and staff are the bestThey have given me hope !!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

I usually go to University Hospital and visited Dr. Gerds for a 2nd opinion I was very impressed.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr. Germs is the best! Always taking as much time as needed to explain everything.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

Dr Gerds is always very helpful and explains things in a way I can understand.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

I really respect Dr. Gerds and impressed how he keeps up with the latest findings on my diagnosis.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Dr. Gerds goes above and beyond the call of duty to explain my condition and choices in moving forward. He is brilliant and thoughtful and I (we) feel confident, comfortable and completely cared for by him! So grateful that he is on our team!!

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