Phone: (919) 843-2369
B.A., Biology, Case Western Reserve University
M.D., Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Residency Training, University of North Carolina General Psychiatry Residency Program
Dr. Gerkin’s primary clinical activity is directing the general psychiatry consultation service where he supervises fellows, residents and medical students in the evaluation and management of psychiatric presentations in the medically ill. He is also the associate director of the Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry) Fellowship Training Program at UNC. His academic activities include directing the Consult-Liaison Didactics for 3rd year residents, co-directing the Psychiatry Consult Case Conference, lecturing 3rd year medical students during their psychiatry rotation and co-directing a Paper’s Course, which is designed to integrate critical appraisal of classic, seminal and current literature into the core curriculum of 3rd and 4th year psychiatry residents. His administrative activities include significant participation in the critique and advancement of the residency training curriculum, heavy involvement in recruitment and development of program trainees, and acting as the associate program director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship under the mentorship and direction of Dr. Rosenstein, Director of Hospital Psychiatry. Dr. Gerkin enjoys incorporating supportive pscyhcotherapeutic interventions at the bedside that are based in mindfulness practices, CBT, DBT and insight oriented modalities. Currently, he is developing and directing a mindfulness based curriculum and research program that targets burnout, clinical practice, and leadership/systems effectiveness with a primary goal of increasing the practitioners' compassion. Jonny is a fervent basketball player and was part of the 2012 hospital league championship season for the department of psychiatry's team (aka MadSkilz). He is also an avid meditator and enjoys participating in the Psychiatry and Philosophy Research Group at UNC where he regularly reminds attendees that the eastern traditions might be recognized and incorporated in our analytical debates on the such things as the 'illusion' of free will.