COL(Ret) Gerlinger served as the Program Director, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) Orthopaedic Surgery Residency from 2008 to 2013, and as Chief of Adult Reconstruction, San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) since 2005. He joined Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in April 2014.

COL(Ret) Gerlinger deployed to Kosovo with Task Force Falcon, Operation Joint Guardian, in 2001. He served with the 274th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne), the first FST deployed into Afghanistan, for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. Dr. Gerlinger served with the Joint Special Operations Task Force in the initial actions of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003. He returned to Afghanistan in 2011 with the 936th Forward Surgical Team, serving with the Norwegian Provincial Reconstruction Team at Forward Operating Base Meymaneh.

A highly decorated veteran, COL(Ret) Gerlinger is a Past President of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and is the Program Director for the SOMOS/AAOS/OTA Disaster Response Course. He has served as a Representative, Board of Specialty Societies, and on the Education Committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and as a Consultant on the International Committee Disaster Preparedness Project Team and serves on the Central Instructional Course Committee for the AAOS. Dr. Gerlinger is also a reviewer for Military Medicine and the Journal of Arthroplasty, and is the originating online co-editor for the “Disaster Preparedness Toolbox,”

In addition to his expertise in the management of battlefield injuries and complex hip and knee reconstructions, Dr. Gerlinger has reported on his use of major joint replacements to return American soldiers to active duty.


  • MD – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Residency – Madigan Army Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship – Rush University Medical Center, Adult Reconstruction
  • Board Certification – Orthopaedic Surgery

Areas of Specialization:

  • Joint Replacement
  • Hip Reconstruction
  • Knee Reconstruction

Clinic Information:
Orthopedic Building at Rush University Medical Center
1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612

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