Michael D. Gershon, MD

Michael D. Gershon, MD

Research Interest

  • MD, 1963 Medicine, Cornell University Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: 1966 Oxford University (United Kingdom)

Cornell University Medical College, Department of Anatomy:

1966-69, Assistant Professor

1969-75, Associate Professor

July 1975 - September 1975, Professor

Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons,

October 1975 - 2006, Professor and Chairman, Anatomy & Cell Biology

July 2006- Professor, Pathology & Cell Biology

Formerly course director: Science Basic to the Practice of Medicine.

Currently Co-director: Molecular Mechanisms and Disease-Block 1, Basic Biomolecules and Cells.  Present many lectures in this section, developed a novel Professor's Rounds, in which students are led in socratic fashion to diagnosis and treatment of a clinical problem using only the basic information they have learned in current studies.  

GI Anatomy, Physiology, and Developmental Biology, in The Body in Health and Disease.

  • Association of Anatomy Chairman (President 1985-86)
  • American Association of Anatomists (President 1995-6)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (Chairman, section on motility 1996)
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • The Endocrine Society
  • The Society for Neuroscience
  • New York Society for Electron Microscopists (President 1977-78)
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • International Society for Developmental Neuroscience
  • Cajal Club (President 1994)
  • American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
  • The Harvey Society
  • Society for Developmental Biology

Other Positions:

Member NIH Study Sections, Neurological Disorder Program Project

  • Review Committee B, NINCDS 1973-75; Neurology A, 1980-84;
  • Clinical and Integrative Gastrointestinal Pathobiology 2007-2009; Clinical Integrative and Molecular Gastroenterology 2009-2011.

Member, Editorial Boards:

  • Past: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry; Neurochemistry International; Am. J. Physiol.; J. Comp. Neurol.
  • Present: Clinical Medicine: Gastroenterology; Synapse; Journal of Neurobiology; J. Auton. Nerv. Syst., J Neurogastroent. Mot.; Cell and Tissue Research; Gene Expression; International Journal of Tryptophan Research
  • Member External Advisory Committee, CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996-present
  • Member, Cure Autism New (CAN) Scientific Advisory Bd. 1997-present
  • Member, March of Dimes, Study Section
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Societies
  • Polk Prize for undergraduate research, 1961.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, 1962, and President in 1963
  • Borden Undergraduate Research Prize, 1963
  • Polk Prize for highest academic standing, 1963
  • Sigma Xi
  • Markle Foundation Scholar in Academic Medicine, 1968
  • N.Y.C. Health Research Council Career Scientist Award, 1970
  • Grass Foundation Visiting Professor, 1981.
  • American Gastroenterological Association Council on Nerves and the Gut.
  • University of Rochester Outstanding Neuroscientist, 1983
  • Jacob Javits Award, National Institutes of Health, 1985
  • Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Columbia University 1985
  • Camilio Golgi Medal: Fidia Research Foundation, 1986
  • State of the Art Lecture, American Gastroenterological Association, 1986
  • Association of Anatomy Chairman Tousimis Prize for Outstanding Research and contributions to the field of Anatomy
  • Medal of Francis I, Collège de France, 1990
  • Chair FASEB GI Conf. IV, 1991
  • Guest Editor, Special issue on The Neural Crest, J. Neurobiol. 1993
  • Cajal Club, President, 1994
  • American Association of Anatomists, President, 1995
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 1999)
  • The Henry Grey Prize (Highest award given by the American Association of Anatomists (2000)
  • Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Award, Columbia Univ. (2005)
  • American Association of Anatomists Fellow (2007)
  • Fourth Annual Charles F. Code Lecture, Mayo Clinic (2007)
  • American Gastroenterological Association Fellow (2008)
  • American Gastroenterological Association Masters Award for Sustained Achievement in Digestive Sciences (2008)
  • Horace Davenport Lecturer, American Physiological Society, Gastrointestinal Section (2010)
  • Rome Foundation Lecturer, American Gastroenterological Society, DDW (2011)
  • Elected to American Clinical and Climatological Association (2011)

Gershon, M.D. (1998). The Second Brain., Harper Collins, New York, N.Y., pp. 1-312.1

Gershon MD. Serotonin is a sword and a shield of the bowel: serotonin plays  offense and defense. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc. 2012;123:268-80; discussion  PubMed PMID: 23303993; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3540639.    

Gershon MD. 5-Hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) in the gastrointestinal tract.  Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2013 Feb;20(1):14-21. doi:  10.1097/MED.0b013e32835bc703. PubMed PMID: 23222853.  

Chen JJ, Gershon AA, Li Z, Cowles RA, Gershon MD. Varicella zoster virus (VZV) infects and establishes latency in enteric neurons. J Neurovirol. 2011 Dec;17(6):578-89. Epub 2011 Dec 22. PubMed PMID: 22190254; PubMed Central PMCID:  PMC3324263.  

Karsenty G, Gershon MD (2011) The importance of the gastrointestinal tract in the control of bone mass accrual. Gastroenterology 141:439-442.

Li Z, Chalazonitis A, Huang YY, Mann JJ, Margolis KG, Yang QM, Kim DO, Cote F, Mallet J, Gershon MD. (2011) Essential roles of enteric neuronal serotonin in gastrointestinal motility and the development/survival of enteric dopaminergic neurons. Journal of Neuroscience 31:8998-9009.

For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov