Dr Gertz is the Roland Seidler Jr. Professor of the Art of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians. The undergraduate degree was awarded the highest distinction from Northwestern University graduating Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr Gertz received his medical degree cum laude from Loyola Medical School in Maywood, Illinois and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha the medical honour society. He completed a 3-year medical residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and was voted Resident of the Year for 2 of those years. He completed training in haematology and oncology at the Mayo Clinic before doing amyloidosis research at the Thorndike Laboratory of the Boston City Hospital.
Dr Gertz is a member of the Myeloma Subcommittee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. He currently serves as a medical advisor for the Amyloidosis Support Groups, as well as a frequent guest at their meetings. He was appointed as the first Co-chair of the National Cancer Institute Myeloma Steering Committee. He was the first treasurer of the International Society of Amyloidosis and currently is the first treasurer of the International Myeloma Society and serves on three journal editorial boards including the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He has been awarded the B.J. Kennedy Lectureship Award by The Minnesota Society of Clinical Oncology.