Professor and Director, Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability
Dr. Gerber is the director of Mason’s Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing a research program to help describe the mechanisms by which disease produces disability and explore treatments that can prevent or reduce disabilities and restore function. She is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and PM&R. Dr. Gerber previously served as Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine Department (RMD), in the Clinical Center of National Institutes of Health. Under her supervision, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, RMD developed a state of the art, program driven research section which studies human movement. Dr. Gerber is on staff at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) and ran a teaching clinic on foot management as part of a bilateral agreement between NIH & NRH. Much of her clinical research interest has been centered on measuring and treating impairments and disability in patients with musculoskeletal deficits; in particular, children with osteogenesis imperfecta, and persons with rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Her collaborative work has focused on studying pathomechanics and how patients with a variety of disorders compensate for impairments to preserve function. Dr. Gerber, who was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine, has authored/co-authored 90 peer reviewed, published manuscripts and 45 Chapters in major textbooks (Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Cancer, Rehabilitation et al.). She graduated from Smith College, Magna Cum Laude, Tufts University School of Medicine; and received medical training at the New England Medical Center, fellowship in rheumatology at NIH and residency training in PM&R at George Washington University.
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