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Jeffrey M. Gelfand


Father of three, avid reader, travel enthusiast

Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand is a neurologist who specializes in caring for patients with autoimmune, inflammatory and neurodegenerative neurological conditions. His expertise encompasses multiple sclerosis, neurosarcoidosis, encephalitis, meningitis, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis, neuromyelitis optica, central nervous system vasculitis, autoimmune dementias and encephalopathies, autoimmune cerebellar ataxia, paraneoplastic neurological syndromes and genetic leukoencephalopathies. He also treats neurological problems in people with rheumatic diseases or other systemic illnesses and cares for people with general neurological disorders.

Gelfand received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. At UCSF, he completed a residency in neurology, followed by fellowship training in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology (the study of how the nervous and immune systems interact). He also has a masters in advanced studies degree in clinical research from UCSF.

UCSF recognized his excellence in teaching in 2014 with the Robert B. Layzer Award and in 2015 with an award from the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. In 2020, he was inducted into the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.

Gelfand is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He serves as chair of the American Academy of Neurology Autoimmune Neurology Section.

  • Education

    UCSF, Masters in Advanced Study in Clinical Research, 2013

    Harvard School of Medicine, 2006

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Neurology, 2010

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology, 2011

  • Board Certifications

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

It is an amazing privilege to be a doctor – to care, heal and comfort. I regularly reflect on the profound meaning of the work we get to do.

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    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    143 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 14, 2023
    I was impressed
    Jun 07, 2023
    Everything thing was wonderful!
    May 31, 2023
    He was wonderful. Relief to be in his care during very scary health concerns
    May 11, 2023
    Dr Gelfand is excellent.
    May 09, 2023
    Great and left feeling very informed and un-pressured to make a decision until we have time to think things over and discuss our options with our primary caregiver.
    May 02, 2023
    Dr. Gelfand is one of the best doctors I've ever had. I'm so grateful I found him. He is extremely thorough smart and caring. He leaves plenty of time for all of my questions.
    Mar 21, 2023
    Mar 17, 2023
    Excellent diagnosis and prescription of treatment
    Mar 14, 2023
    I love Dr Gelfand and really appreciated his new resident. Very compassionate men. I am sure it is difficult to remain compassionate and see us as people with so much debilitating disease. Very very impressive. You cannot tell anyone how important that component is to care. Many people can't even look into the eyes of the sick or disabled and we learn to try not to bother people with it more than is absolutely necessary. These men kind of choke you up with their compassion. It is the one place I really talk about my disease.
    Mar 05, 2023
    Dr Gelfand is EXCELLANT.
    Jan 15, 2023
    Dr. Gelfand is a great doctor and really shows he cares about the patient. Would recommend him to anyone.
    Jan 11, 2023
    Dr Gelfand always explains well.
    Dec 14, 2022
    Highly recommended
    Dec 13, 2022
    I'm grateful that I see Dr Gelfand and feel like I have the best care available for my condition
    Nov 24, 2022
    I would give Dr Gelfand and his staff a 10 ! Great care received!
    Nov 09, 2022
    Oct 07, 2022
    Dr.Gelfand is wonderful. He is professional kind and truly cares about your health.
    Oct 05, 2022
    Addressed my concerns about insurance no wanting to cover my MS meds
    Sep 15, 2022
    He was a good listener and answered all my questions.
    Sep 08, 2022
    I know there isn't much more to be done with MS relapses other than steroids. I dont feel like I was heard or my suggestion was given much thought. If I wasn't responding to steroids and there is no new lesion in my MRI wouldn't it make sense that it could be something else??
    Aug 24, 2022
    Aug 24, 2022
    Dr Gelfand is truly the best most caring & informed Dr. But an hour late to appointments regularly is a bummer for sure.
    Aug 16, 2022
    Dr Gelfand was exceptional in his thoroughness. I am so grateful to have found him as a doctor. He was also kind & patient in answering my questions.
    Aug 02, 2022
    I am very satisfied with Dr Gelfand. He always listens and includes me in making making plans for my care.
    Jun 08, 2022
    Very caring and compassionate doctor. Always answers any questions I have.
    May 24, 2022
    Dr. Gelfand did a very thorough examination far more so than my primary care or other specialists I am currently seeing. He was very good with his student too making sure she also conducted the same diagnostics on me.
    May 12, 2022
    Dr Gelfand is terrific!
    Mar 27, 2022
    Dr Gelfand even called me days after my appointment to insure my understanding.
    Feb 15, 2022
    Dr. Gelfand is an amazing doctor.
    Jan 06, 2022
    Dr. Gelfand is very professional and listens to any concerns I may have. He explains things throughly and every appointment is a good experience. I appreciate his effort in continuing in diagnosing my condition.
    Jan 05, 2022
    Very thorough and professional and personable
    Dec 08, 2021
    Everyone very friendly couldn't ask for better.
    Dec 06, 2021
    Dr. Gelfand has always had an exceptional bedside manner. He is very caring and polite. He shows concern for my feelings and remembers details about me and my family members who have attended appointments with me. He is always respectful and politely asks before he examines me. He is knowledgeable and up-to-date on current treatments.
    Nov 10, 2021
    Dr Gelfand is the best.
    Nov 10, 2021
    Dr. Gelfand is an amazing doctor. He always responds to any messages I send his office. He is caring and knowledgeable. I trust him completely. I feel really blessed that he is my neurologist.
    Nov 03, 2021
    Some of his answers and medical advice "conflicted" with answers & advice he gave in the past.
    Sep 21, 2021
    Received extremely detailed After Visit Summary - thanks!