A dedication to the art of surgery that continues today.

Eldon Gerig
Dr. Eldon Lavern Gerig

Gerig Surgical Associates began in 1989, founded by Dr. Eldon Lavern Gerig. At the time, Dr. Gerig had been in private practice in Mishawaka, Indiana, since 1961. He was a true general surgeon, setting fractures, performing gynecologic, thoracic, vascular and abdominal surgery. He even made house calls. His integrity, surgical skills, work ethic and calm nature won the hearts of thousands of patients and hospital staff alike. His dedication to the art of surgery and his respect for all people, regardless of social status, financial class or race, became the core of Gerig Surgical Associates.

After earning his BA from Goshen College, Dr. Gerig completed medical school in Iowa and then spent two years serving the people of rural Puerto Rico in a hospital (located in a converted chicken coop) in La Plata. During the second year of his term the hospital moved to Aibonito. He also cared for patients in remote clinics accessible only by horseback. While in Puerto Rico he discovered his passion for surgery. Upon returning to the USA he completed his surgery residency in Indianapolis, Indiana. After residency, Dr. Gerig moved his wife, Luella, and two sons to Mishawaka where several years later their daughter was born.

During his years as a general surgeon, Dr. Gerig was always interested in the science of surgery. He was constantly learning and searching for better and newer techniques that could serve his patients. Even late in his career, a time when many others would have rested on past accomplishments, Dr. Gerig went to courses to learn laparoscopic surgery. This effort for continual improvement became one of the hallmarks of Gerig Surgical Associates.

We at Gerig Surgical Associates are proud of the heritage that Dr. Gerig has given us. Today this distinguished family tradition carries on through a new generation. We strive to continue the work he started by caring for all people in our community with respect, compassion and accountability.

Mission Statement

At Gerig Surgical Associates, we strive to provide the BEST care for all our Patients through:

Balance in family and professional responsibilities.

Excellence in delivering “cutting edge” care.

Sincerity in serving our patients with compassion.

Teamwork by interacting with respect and accountability.