Ira Gelb, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, and elbow. He is also among the first orthopaedic surgeons to become board-certified in Sports Medicine.
He has been in private practice in Columbia, MD since 2000. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in New York in 1987, graduating first in his class from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Gelb received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1991. He remained at the University of Pennsylvania for Orthopaedic Surgical Residency from 1991-1996. In 1997, he completed an Orthopedic Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center under the direction of Frank R. Noyes, M.D., founder of one of the first orthopedic sports medicine fellowships in the country. During the fellowship he learned the latest arthroscopic techniques for reconstruction of complex knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle disorders.
Dr. Gelbs professional interests include the treatment of adult and pediatric athletic injuries, arthritis and traumatic injuries. His practice focuses on minimally invasive approaches to the knee, shoulder, and elbow using the most up to date arthroscopic techniques including Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair using Sutures, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction of the Knee. ACL reconstructions are done with both autograft and allograft tendon depending on the patients need. Techniques using soft tissue grafts allow pediatric athletes to return to full activity. Dr. Gelbs expertise also includes Advanced Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction including: Arthroscopic Bankart, Ligament reconstruction for recurrent Shoulder dislocations/instability, SLAP repairs (superior labral tears) for throwing athletes and Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs of the Shoulder for the weekend warrior. Dr. Gelb serves as the team physician for Howard High School.
In addition to arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Gelb performs joint replacement surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. Dr. Gelb has lectured both at the national and local level. Dr.Gelb serves as a team physician to local high schools in Columbia. He has worked with professional and collegiate athletes. He treats both adult and pediatric patients and is on staff at Howard County Community Hospital.
Dr. Gelb's practice offers on-site physical therapy, digital x-rays, electronic medical records, custom bracing and othrotics.