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I have been seeing Dr. Gerhardt for a number of years for my hip and now shoulder. He is fantastic. He always answers your questions and explains things. Also, his staff is great, and they are very knowledgeable as well. Glad to have him as a resource.

-Deb Carabet

Best hip surgeon in the US. I found him extremely knowledgeable, very easy to speak with and his staff is on top of things. I am still recovering but way head of the healing curve and this is directly related to Dr. G's talent in the OR.

-Nicholas Hull

My phenomenal hip surgeon! Best in the USA... State-of-the-art office, bonus- he's cool!

-Sunny Beach

Great Care

Dr. Gerhardt is great. Such a nice care and you can tell he cares about his patients. My knee is progressing well and have nothing but good things to say.

Hip Arthroscopic Surgery

Dr. Gerhardt did a great job. The team that assisted were excellent.

Highly Recommend

Dr. Gerhardt and his entire team of physicians and office support were skilled and supportive. I benefited from his extensive experience with THR (500 per year!) while still having him treat me as a unique individual. I feel fortunate to have found him and am recovering beautifully!

Total time for surgery /recovery out the door was about 3 hours

I was impressed by everyone on the team. I never formally met Dr. Gerhardt until the follow up a week after the surgery. I met with and talked to his assistants for consultations, diagnosis and pre-op. He did speak to me just prior to the surgery but I didn't even know he was Dr. Gerhardt because there was never a introduction by him or anyone else. I am happy so far after 2 weeks with how everything has gone. In physical therapy for another 4 weeks or so before I know the end results but so far, so good!

Best surgeon

Dr. Gerhardt and his staff are incredible! I received a total hip replacement from him! He was willing to listen and his staff is extremely responsive! Being less than 40 I was mistreated by several surgeons before I was able to see Gerhardt! He understood the pain I was in and was determined to help! I will forever be grateful to him and his staff because they gave me back my life!

Great Surgeon Inspired Confidence

I am older but had a knee injury beyond wear & tear. Swore I'd never have surgery. But Michael made such a cogent cast to let him operate that I agreed. So pleased I did. Problem was fixed the moment I rose from the table. Fixed! Wish I'd seen him 6 months earlier. Wonderful staff. Great follow up. Rent the ice machine. Less pain. Less Rx.

Listened to my concerns when no one else would. He is a wonderful doctor and would refer people to him anytime!!

Ortho Expert

Recommended by my primary care physician ad part of an outstanding group of medical professionals in Santa Monica, Dr. Gerhardt is great talent and highly recommended.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

I am very happy with the care and treatment I received with Dr Gerhardt. He took time to explain the procedure and recovery process. Whenever I had a question, his assistant Edith answered promptly. I would definitely recommend Dr Gerhardt.

The best!

Dr gerhardt and staff are the best doctors possible you can't be mean better hands – the whole staff is knowledgeable and accommodating and will do everything we can to help you heal and get back to training etc.

Good experience

My knee surgery went great. Dr. Gerhardt and everyone were great to deal with. I always felt supported and heard throughout the journey.

The experience was professional, courteous and most importantly very successful. I have healed quickly and been referred to a very good PT place. Dr. Gerhardt does my procedure (meniscus tear) a lot and is terrific at it. I also very much appreciated the professional and caring manner of everyone else involved from Carol the nurse to JJ (the doctor who assisted Dr. Gerhardt - his name escapes me but his initials have been on my knee for two weeks) to the anesthesiologist to the medical staff at my follow-up appointments. All in all, an excellent experience.

Excellent surgeon

Dr Gerhardt is an excellent surgeon. I would highly recommend him and his staff.

Quality Care and Patient Experience

I had been to see a couple of different doctors because I knew I had a hip issue that needed to be taken care of. I was referred to Dr. Gerhardt through another physician of mine who highly recommended him. I experienced a life threatening illness last year and knew that if I was going to get my hip replaced I needed to have a physician that I felt comfortable with and who was personable , Professional, highly knowledgeable, understanding and with great bedside manner. Dr. Gerhardt represents all of that. He has an excellent team. I felt I was under extremely qualified hands and I feel my recovery is going quick and well.

Highly Recommend Dr. Gerhardt!

All of my appointments have been great. Dr. Gerhardt and his staff have great bedside manner and made me feel very comfortable.


Dr Gerhardt is my hero. I couldn't walk as I suddenly tore my meniscus. I've had problems with my knee ever since my two ACL repairs performed by a different doctor in NY. My husband and I have a newborn and Dr. Gerhardt and his wonderful staff did everything in their power to get me into surgery as soon as possible. I'm still healing but my leg is straight again and feeling good. I also have seen him when I broke my leg and wrist. All of them have been A+ experiences. So grateful for him and his entire team.

I put off getting a block for a long time. Gerhardt did it so quickly and with so little discomfort that I yelled "you're done already?" He is so sweet and assured me I was done.
This guy just has the magic touch. Another injection and absolutely no pain. Tiny prick sensation from the numbing shot but then just a strange pressure feeling from the actual shot. He is so talented and brilliant.
Everyone I interacted with was incredibly friendly and did their job very well. The nurses in the OR were so fun and happy they made me relax.

-Tabitha K.

I highly recommend Dr. Michael Gerhardt of Santa Monica Orthopedic. He is the surgeon who did my hip replacement surgery this past December. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that within 3 months of my surgery, I traveled to China and walked over 50 miles in one week! One month after surgery I walked on the runway of a fashion show! His patients fly in from all over the world to see him because he is that good! If you are searching for the best, look no further!

-Donna P.

Dr Michael Gearhart is great and his assistant Edith is wonderful and the staff as well and assistant doctors would highly recommend him,,

-Craig R.

Dr. Gerhardt's office was nothing but kind, courteous, responsive and professional. They got me scheduled right away for surgery well before Thanksgiving so I could fly home for Christmas. They were speedy with getting back to me with pricing quotes. But moreover, aside from being extremely professional, everyone I interacted with on Dr. Gerhardt's staff was KIND. Injuries and surgeries are scary things, and everyone was gentle, warm and pleasant. They put me at ease at every turn. Edith, especially, has been a joy to interact with.
Dr. Gerhardt himself is very good. He was actually recommended to me by multiple doctors saying "If I was going to get knee surgery, I'd use Gerhardt". He took his time, answered all questions, was friendly and has a good bedside manner. The only drawback I could say was that Gerhardt is chronically late to everything, meaning he spends a bit more time than is expected on his surgeries... which is really more a failing of his scheduling staff than anything, but the way I see it; If I want him to take his time to do it right on MY knee, I have to afford others the same courtesy.
It's now been a little over a week since getting a new ACL, new LCL, and repaired Meniscus and I can already put a bit of weight on the leg.
Overall, if something happens to my other knee, I know exactly who I'm going to.

- matthew c.

Dr. Michael Gerhardt is a great doctor. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic, he is committed to the well-being of his patients. He explained the MRI results of my injury, which was a full thickness tear of my hamstring, and the surgical procedure to fix it. He answered all my questions. I was already impressed by his resume, publications, and surgeries posted online, definitely making him one of the leaders of 21st century orthopaedic medicine, but I was even more impressed by his genuine desire to help. After a month of dragging my leg around and rocketing out of my seat, I was relieved to find out it could be fixed.
Few weeks later, Dr. Gerhardt repaired my hamstring. It feels amazing to be reattached and pain-free. Five weeks on, and I am walking. I am grateful and thrilled to have received such excellent care from a talented surgeon, his kind and attentive assistant Edith, and the compassionate nurses at the Surgery Center of the Pacific.

-Heather J.

Dr. G is the best. Very skillful and knowledgable and doesn't recommend unnecessary surgery. Highly recommend.

-Pete J.

November 6, 2015- Dr. Michael Gerhardt and his staff at Santa Monica Orthopedic Group are the best, from the minute I check in until I leave after my appointment with Dr. Gerhardt. Dr. Gerhardt always takes the time with me to explain what the issue(s) are, the solutions and answers any questions I have. He never makes me feel as if I am just another patient walking in the door. He has been my doctor through 2 arthroscopies and one THR. I send everyone to him, I can't recommend him enough!

-Deb Carabet

October 27, 2014- This week is six months from my surgery. I just ran 3 miles this morning with no pain during or afterwards. I am not at my old pace...but I am on the way. I have been off blood thinners for two months and my muscle mass is equal on both legs. I have no knee issues and can accomplish all requirements for physical therapy. I cannot say how pleased I am to be where I am today and I could not have done it without your expertise. Thank you so much for the opportunity to run, swim, bike, play with my kids....and not hobble around the rest of my life. I have no signed jersey for your wall, but 20 years from now, be confident that I owe the ability to walk my daughter down the aisle to you.

-Jeremiah Baldwin

Dr. Gerhardt came highly recommended to replace my right hip by Anterior Approach. Dr. Gerhardt, PA Tanya Cariveau and Surgery Scheduler Edith Rodriquez were instrumental in my successful right hip replacement. The total experience from orientation, diagnosis and operation went smoothly and timely. Without any pain and being able to physically work again at age 78 is a welcoming extension to my lifestyle. With confidence and gratefulness, I can pass this recommendation to anyone

-Frank Freda

Dr Gerhardt has been an excellent Dr and surgeon for me. I am 70 years old, Post op shoulder surgery one year and back to full activity - no pain.

-Nancy Levy

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