LUMBERTON — Friends, family and colleagues gathered at Southeastern Regional Medical Center last week to celebrate Dr. Dixon Gerber’s 21 years of service as an orthopaedic surgeon and member of the medical staff of Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
During the retirement event, SRMC board of trustees Chairman Faye Caton presented Gerber with a crystal tower engraved with his years of service to the medical staff, from 1991 to 2012.
SRMC President/CEO Joann Anderson announced the establishment of the Dr. Dixon W. Gerber Patient Emergency Fund in Gerber’s honor, which will be administered by the SRMC Foundation.
“Dr. Gerber has dedicated his life and practice to serving this community through the care he delivered and the connection he has made with those under his care,”Anderson said. “He has left a legacy of caring and compassion. The medical community will miss his leadership. I am sure he will continue to serve his community while spending time with his family.”
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Gerber earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University. After four years of service as an officer in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Ohio and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1974. He completed an internship in general surgery and his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Cincinnati.
Before moving to Lumberton in 1991, he practiced for 12 years with a multi-specialty clinic in northern Michigan.
During his 21 years of practice in Lumberton, he has been associated with The Orthopaedic Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Before that, he practiced with Coastal Plain Orthopedic Clinic and Robeson Orthopaedic Center.
“I have enjoyed living and practicing in Robeson County,” said Dr. Gerber. “The medical staff and SRMC provided an excellent professional environment.”
Gerber lives in Lumberton with his wife, Elizabeth. They have three grown children, sons, David and Patrick, and daughter, Ann, and 10 grandchildren.