Dr. Gertz is the Roland Seidler Jr. Professor of the Art of Medicine and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Internal Medicine, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians. Undergraduate degree was awarded with 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 honor 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 hematology and oncology at the Mayo. He was awarded the Mayo Distinguished Clinician Award for his contributions to patient care.
He served 1 year term as president of the Mayo clinic staff officers and counselors. He has served as chair of the division of Hematology and chair of the department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester. He was the first treasurer of the International Society of Amyloidosis and International Myeloma Society. He has authored over 800 peer reviewed publications and over 90 book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of Amyloidosis, Acta Haematologica and Clinical Lymphoma & Myeloma. He is coeditor of Neoplastic Diseases of the Blood. In 2019 The Department of Medicine awarded him its lifetime research achievement award. In 2021 he was appointed chair of the approval committee for the Hematology certification examination for the American Board of Internal Medicine.