Bruce Gershenhorn,DO

DO

CTCA Lung Cancer Program Director

4.9 (160 Ratings)

51 Reviews
Bruce Gershenhorn - Medical Oncologist
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I like to get to know my patients on a personal level, and allow them to get to know me, if they like. The bond that develops over time between an oncologist and a patient and his or her family is unique and extremely powerful.

Location
CTCA Chicago
Specialties
Medical Oncology
Education
Medical school: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency:
Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center (Mount Sinai Beth Israel), Manhattan, NY
Fellowship:
Hematology & Oncology - Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
Certifications
Medical Oncology and Hematology - American Board of Internal Medicine

“I take pride in spending as much time as necessary with patients, until they feel all issues have been addressed to their satisfaction and are comfortable moving forward,” says Dr. Bruce Gershenhorn. As a Medical Oncologist at  Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, and Lung Cancer Program Director for CTCA®, Dr. Gershenhorn works on a dedicated team of cancer experts.

“At CTCA®, medical oncologists work together with radiation oncologists, oncologic surgeons, interventional radiologists, pathologists, naturopathic clinicians and other clinicians," says Dr. Gershenhorn. "I can honestly say I know of no other cancer center with such a patient-care focused, yet broad-based approach to fighting cancer. I am proud to be a member of this healing environment.”

Dr. Gershenhorn is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. He earned an osteopathic medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York. In addition, Dr. Gershenhorn completed a fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, where he served as Chief Fellow in the Department of Hematology/Oncology. He was honored with an award for his accomplishments as Chief Fellow. In 2016, Chicago Magazine named him to Chicago’s Top Cancer Doctors list for Medical Oncology.

Before pursuing an education in medicine, Dr. Gershenhorn completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Gershenhorn says his relationship with patients is sacred. He adds, “I take recommendations I provide to my patients very seriously, and I treat my patients as I would treat my family.”

Just as he feels it’s important to treat patients with great respect, Dr. Gershenhorn also believes it’s essential to encourage patients to learn as much as they can about their disease and treatments.

“Patient empowerment revolves around education,” he says. “Arming patients with knowledge of both conventional and complementary anticancer therapies is critical. Empowerment allows patients to have control over a situation in which they may sometimes feel powerless. I believe this philosophy motivates patients to be more actively involved in decision-making and not just passive participants in their care.”

Furthermore, Dr. Gershenhorn believes the power of hope should never be underestimated in the fight against cancer. “It is the vision, in the mind’s eye, of a path to a brighter future," he says. "As an oncologist, I am in the unique position to provide hope and optimism, while at the same being realistic about the limitations of treatments.”

In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, sports and all outdoor activities, especially fishing.

Patient Ratings
The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurrence. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five- star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient's experience with the doctor involved including comments directed at hospital COVID-19 policies and procedures. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.
About our ratings
Mar 11, 2021

5.0

"*Dr. G. couldn't be anymore perfect!"
Mar 3, 2021

5.0

"I have recommended the CTCA to many people. And Dr. G is the best doctor. Always listens and explains everything!"
Feb 21, 2021

5.0

"I was asked question that assured me that I was more that just a patient. I was treated like a royal guest or part of the family."
Feb 11, 2021

5.0

"I feel my life is in (his/their) hand) and I have the upmost confidence in the ability to care for me. Thank you for accepting me into this facility."
Feb 10, 2021

5.0

"*Dr. Gershenhorn was very nice & forthcoming with information & able to explain things that were confusing. I really liked him & his team."
Feb 10, 2021

5.0

"such a great experience and given so much good information"
Feb 9, 2021

5.0

"I already recommended *Dr. Gershenhorn."
Feb 5, 2021

5.0

"I have recommended *Dr. Gershenhorn to several. He went over that & records sent from my home state & drs. He was knowledgeable & what I had been through and involved others if needed to give a well rounded diagnosis & treatment recommendation."
Feb 3, 2021

5.0

"Excellant!!!"
Jan 7, 2021

5.0

"He is the sweetest guy."
Oct 5, 2020

5.0

"*Dr. Gershenhorn shows much respect, answers, explains all my questions, even to this day."
Jul 29, 2020

5.0

"I have recommended CTCA already"
Jul 24, 2020

5.0

"I feel *Dr. Gershenhorn takes me seriously when I ask questions. My husband and I both think Dr. is the best! I am so glad I came for a 2nd opinion at CTCA. I have received the very best care!"
Jul 16, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Gershenhorn was very attentive and genuine in his overall interaction."
Jul 15, 2020

5.0

"We feel that Dr. Gershenhorn is an excellent doctor who explained everything to us in very clear and excellent detail. He sounds extremely knowledgeable and very caring. People write online that he did miraculously good things for them and changed their lives, and we hope he will do it for us, and we feel that if he cannot do it, nobody can. Thank you Dr. Gershenhorn."
Jul 14, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Gershenhorn is not only knowledgeable and personable but also relates to his patients where they are at and on their level! We love him! Complete confidence!"
Jul 10, 2020

5.0

"JUST WOW! FANTASTIC"
Jul 8, 2020

5.0

"[...] was very pleased we both understood what they were striving for very comforting."
Jul 1, 2020

5.0

"dr. grishenhorn is fantastic. makes you feel good at every appt."
Jun 30, 2020

5.0

"a treasure!!"
Jun 30, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Gershenhorn is the best, caring doctor I've ever known. I thank God for him and feel he's the reason I'm alive."
Jun 24, 2020

5.0

"After coming to CTCA for the pat [...] years [...] has had several oncologists.....[...] and Dr. Gershenhorn. All all the best in their own different ways. We are satisfied with Dr. Gershenhorn. The only problem being that you get used to one and all of a sudden they are gone and you have to "break in" a new one! So far, so good. No complaints in the oncologist department."
Jun 24, 2020

5.0

"He is a great Doctor"
Jun 24, 2020

5.0

"YEA!!!"
Jun 16, 2020

5.0

"I think *Dr. G. is the bomb."
Jun 14, 2020

3.8

"[...]. I like my doctor because he appears to work with my wishes too, & not just follow protocol."
Jun 10, 2020

5.0

"Love Dr. Gershenhorn and team. They go out of their way for me!!"
Jun 10, 2020

5.0

"we have already recommended you too many of our friends"
Jun 9, 2020

5.0

"Very comfortable to speak to both nurse and doctor. Answered our questions. Explained in laymen's terms the [...] cancer and treatment."
Jun 9, 2020

5.0

"You are No.1 in my book! All that I met while there, and there were many, had the same feelings as I did. Quite a testimony for sure!"
Jun 6, 2020

5.0

"highly recommend Dr Gershenhorn to others!"
Jun 4, 2020

5.0

"he very like able and help me so much I wouldn't give him up for anything"
Jun 2, 2020

5.0

"Caring and Very help-full and understanding"
Jun 2, 2020

5.0

"he is very good but all of the doctors are very good"
Jun 1, 2020

0.0

"For a cancer dr., he doesn't have the patience required to address a patient's questions. I've asked 2 major questions the few times I saw him, including my last visit. He never did respond, only commented, "[...]." My husband & I were so taken aback! So surprised by his reaction. He seemed almost insulted because he said, "[...]." He said almost with disgust "[...]!" He made us feel like we were wasting his time. Honestly, we were so shocked & felt like we were thrown under the bus!! Up until this appt. we liked him!!! What did we do so wrong? Anyway, at the end of our conversation, he told us he was uncomfortable being my doctor & sent us packing. I've been given another oncologist. That was the farthest thing on our minds when we came. We thought everything was fine. We're saddened!"
May 27, 2020

5.0

"The doctor was excellent! [...]"
May 24, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Gershenhorn is amazing! [...]."
May 20, 2020

5.0

"Great!"
May 19, 2020

5.0

"Very thorough and knowledgeable"
May 19, 2020

5.0

"Dr Gershenhorn is awesome"
May 14, 2020

5.0

"Dr Gershenhorn is so kind and caring. His plan of care saved my life. I am [...] years old and have an excellent quality of life. I was given no hope and told to get affairs in order in [...] whereI I was diagnosed. So thankful for Dr G and CTCA!"
May 13, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Gershenhorn and staff are tremendous."
May 12, 2020

5.0

"*Dr. G is on top of things. He takes great care of me."
May 12, 2020

3.8

"seem to be in a hurry"
May 6, 2020

5.0

"Very nice and informative. Answered all questions and concerns."
May 1, 2020

5.0

"*Dr. Gernshen Horn - not only great doctor but very personable with my family & I."
Apr 28, 2020

5.0

"love dr gershinhorn"
Apr 16, 2020

5.0

"I absolutely love *Dr. G.! He is patient and always takes the time to listen and he values my input."
Apr 15, 2020

5.0

"We love Dr. G.! He deserves the utmost respect, professionally and as a good human being!"
Apr 15, 2020

5.0

"my doctor explains everything so that I can understand it. He is very caring. Easy to talk too. I feel very comfortable."
Apr 8, 2020

5.0

"Dr. Gershenhorn is phenomenal. He treats me like a person and not a number. He's taken his time with me every time I see him, which is about every [...] weeks now. He's caring, kind, optimistic, and he's given me so much hope. I credit him with saving my life. I absolutely WOULD recommend him and his nurse, [...]."