Mark Evan Gerber, M.D.

Mark Evan Gerber, M.D.

Mark Evan Gerber, M.D.

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Conditions & Procedures


Acquired and Congenital Airway Problems, Acquired and Congenital Ear Problems, Airway Disorders in Children, Allergic Rhinitis, Cholesteatoma, Head and Neck Cancer, Otitis, Resonance Disorders in Children, Sinusitis, Sleep Apnea, Swallowing Disorders in Children, Voice Disorders in Children


Adenoidectomy, Airway Endoscopy, Cholesteatoma Surgery, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Laryngeal and Tracheal Reconstruction, Myringotomy and Tubes, Ossicular Chain Reconstruction, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Tonsillectomy, Tympanoplasty

General Information




NorthShore Medical Group


Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

Academic Rank

Clinical Associate Professor



Board Certified


Education, Training & Fellowships

Medical School

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1989


University of Cincinnati Hospital, 1995


Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, 1997



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  • Pediatric Otolaryngology.

    Pediatric annals 2016 May 1

    Authors: Garg R, Rusciolelli C, Gerber ME
    An adolescent female with a past medical history significant for Crohn's disease presented with fevers, tonsillitis without exudate, and tender posterior cervical lymphadenopathy. Laboratory results showed transaminitis, leukocytosis with a left shift, and atypical lymphocytes on a blood smear. The patient did not respond to supportive care or dexamethasone, necessitating a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Although her presentation was consistent with infectious mononucleosis, diagnosis was not confirmed until Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from tonsillar tissue was positive. False-negative results on the heterophile antibody test are common in pediatric populations and the detection of EBV antibodies is further complicated in immunocompromised patients. Studies indicate PCR is a more sensitive test, although there is no consensus regarding ideal material to use or quantitative levels necessitating intervention.
    PMID: 27171803 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Endoscopic posterior cricoid split and costal cartilage graft placement in children.

    Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2013 Mar

    Authors: Gerber ME, Modi VK, Ward RF, Gower VM, Thomsen J
    To review a multi-institutional experience using endoscopic posterior cricoid split and costal cartilage graft (EPCSCG) placement in the management of pediatric bilateral vocal fold immobility (BVFI), posterior glottic stenosis (PGS), and subglottic stenosis (SGS).
    Case series with chart review.
    Tertiary medical centers.
    Review of all patients treated between 2004 and 2012 with EPCSCG placement in 3 academic and multispecialty group settings. The main outcomes measured include indications, complications, and outcome (need for additional procedures, decannulation rate).
    A total of 28 patients underwent EPCSCG. Age range at time of surgery was 1 month to 15 years (mean, 56 months). Overall, 25 of 28 were decannulated or never required tracheostomy, and 24 of 28 had adequate symptom control with mean follow-up of 25 months. Twenty-two patients had resolution of their symptoms without additional procedures. Sixteen patients had SGS in isolation or in combination with cricoarytenoid fixation, glottic stenosis, or vocal fold immobility. Decannulation and/or symptom control was achieved in 14 of 16. Three patients had isolated PGS or cricoarytenoid fixation with all achieving decannulation. Nine patients had isolated BVFI with 7 being able to achieve resolution of their airway symptoms, 5 without additional procedures.
    This descriptive series shows a consistent outcome in more than double the number of cases previously reported in the previously published series. We believe that EPCSCG is an important option to have in the management of pediatric glottis/subglottic stenosis and bilateral vocal fold immobility.
    PMID: 23307912 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Generation of consensus in the application of a rating scale to nasendoscopic assessment of velopharyngeal function.

    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery 2012 Oct

    Authors: Tieu DD, Gerber ME, Milczuk HA, Parikh SR, Perkins JA, Yoon PJ, Sie KC
    To generate consensus ratings of velopharyngeal function on nasendoscopy (NE) with the goal of creating a video instruction tool.
    The American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Velopharyngeal Insufficiency Study Group convened to identify NE segments to be included in an instructional video. Of 24 segments reviewed, 11 were selected based on the quality of the examinations and spectrum of closure patterns. Participating otolaryngologists independently rated NE segments using the Golding-Kushner scale. The participants then convened and rated each of the NE segments as a group. Thirty-nine members of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology met and agreed with the group ratings, creating a consensus standard.
    Individual scores for palate and lateral wall motion showed high variability, ranging from 0 to 6 points difference from the consensus. Variability was also seen for the following qualitative findings: the Passavant ridge, aberrant pulsations, and dorsal palatal notch. The individual ratings are presented graphically to demonstrate the range of individual responses as well as to compare responses to the consensus ratings. No further changes were made to the proposed consensus ratings when reviewed by the larger group.
    Rating of NE evaluations of velopharyngeal function was variable among a group of pediatric otolaryngologists experienced in treating velopharyngeal insufficiency. These results highlight the need to develop a standardized method of reporting NE findings for velopharyngeal insufficiency. Despite this, consensus ratings were achieved that will facilitate development of a video instruction tool.
    PMID: 23069822 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Efficacy of microdebrider intracapsular adenotonsillectomy as validated by polysomnography.

    The Laryngoscope 2009 Jul

    Authors: Reilly BK, Levin J, Sheldon S, Harsanyi K, Gerber ME
    To evaluate the efficacy of microdebrider intracapsular tonsillectomy (MT) as a treatment for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and sleep disordered breathing.
    A retrospective study evaluating polysomnogram outcomes for 26 patients who had undergone MT by a sole surgeon (M.G.) for OSA.
    Chart review of patients who underwent polysomnograms pre- and post-adenotonsillectomy. This study represents a single pediatric otolaryngologist's experience at two tertiary care medical centers (Children's Memorial Hospital and Evanston Hospital) in the greater Chicago area.
    Statistically significant improvement of both the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and apnea index with P < .0001. All 26 children in the cohort had improved AHI scores following intracapsular tonsillectomy. Statistical analysis was performed using a P value < .05, which was significant.
    MT is an effective means of treating obstructive sleep apnea. Because of its favorable surgical outcomes and minimal morbidity, an increasing number of studies have found MT to be an excellent option for the surgical management of adenotonsillar hypertrophy in pediatric patients with OSA.
    PMID: 19405091 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Endoscopic posterior costal cartilage graft placement for acute management of pediatric bilateral vocal fold paralysis without tracheostomy.

    International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology 2008 Oct

    Authors: Thakkar K, Gerber ME
    Endoscopic posterior cricoid split with costal cartilage graft stabilization has previously been shont to allow for glottic/infraglottic expansion in children with long standing vocal fold paralysis. We report on an extension of this technique to use in the acute setting in the management of acute BVP in children with acute upper airway obstructive symptoms.
    PMID: 18691770 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Marble in the right main-stem bronchus: management.

    Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2003 Feb

    Authors: Costello JM, Steinhorn D, McColley S, Gerber ME, Kumar SP
    Plastic bronchitis is a condition in which large, bronchial casts with rubber-like consistency develop in the tracheobronchial tree and cause airway obstruction. We describe a 4-year-old girl who had Fontan physiology and who developed plastic bronchitis and report for the first time the use of aerosolized tissue plasminogen activator for treatment of this condition. The literature is reviewed with emphasis placed on the occurrence of this disorder in patients with single ventricle physiology.
    PMID: 12601330 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Histological insight into the pathogenesis of severe laryngomalacia.

    International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology 2001 Oct 19

    Authors: Chandra RK, Gerber ME, Holinger LD
    To correlate clinical and histological findings in patients with laryngomalacia who required surgical intervention.
    Retrospective study of all patients undergoing supraglottoplasty by a single surgeon (MEG) for severe laryngomalacia between October, 1999 and November, 2000.
    Nine patients were identified, of which seven had clinical evidence of GER. Seven patients had co-existing abnormalities or delays of neuromuscular development including seizure disorder, agenesis of the corpus callosum, obstructive sleep apnea, primary aspiration, a history of apparent life-threatening events, and craniosynostosis. Varying degrees of subepithelial edema and significant dilation of the subepithelial lymphatics were noted in all specimens. Submucosal inflammation was minimal to mild, and intraepithelial inflammation was rare to absent in all sections. No submucosal gland hyperplasia was seen in the samples from any patient. Two specimens contained cuneiform cartilage, both of which were histologically characterized as fibrocartilage.
    In this series, the histopathology of tissue excised during the treatment of severe laryngomalacia was dominated by submucosal edema and lymphatic dilation. Further study is needed to investigate comorbidities that may contribute to the need for intervention in children with laryngomalacia.
    PMID: 11576629 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Heterotopic neuroglial tissue causing airway obstruction in the newborn.

    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery 2001 Aug

    Authors: Behar PM, Muller S, Gerber ME, Todd NW
    Heterotopic neuroglial (brain) tissue is a rare cause of airway obstruction in newborns. Fewer than 30 cases have been reported in the English literature. Brain heterotopias can mimic more common congenital anomalies of the head and neck.
    To review our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children with heterotopic pharyngeal neuroglial tissue.
    Case series.
    Tertiary care children's hospital.
    Four newborns with airway obstruction caused by heterotopic neuroglial tissue.
    All patients were infants (3 full-term girls and a 32 weeks' gestation boy) who had airway obstruction in the newborn period. All patients underwent preoperative computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, which revealed a heterogeneous mass involving the pharynx, neck, and parapharyngeal space. Bony deformities of the skull base and mandible were present in all patients, although intracranial connection was absent. Multiple surgical procedures were performed in all 4 patients. Tracheotomy was performed in 2 patients, gastrostomy tube placement was required in 3, and a nasopharyngeal tube was used in 1. Combined cervicofacial and transoral approaches were used for resection, preserving vital structures. Histopathologic evaluation revealed mature glial tissue and choroid plexus-like structures.
    Heterotopic neuroglial tissue must be considered in the differential diagnosis of airway obstruction in the newborn. Management is surgical resection, with attention to vital structures and function-analogous to surgery for lymphangioma. Multiple surgical procedures might be necessary in the treatment of these patients.
    PMID: 11493213 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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