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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 and paraneoplastic neurological syndromes. 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 master of advanced study degree in clinical research from UCSF.

As director of the UCSF Division of Neuroinflammation and Glial Biology clinical fellowship program, Gelfand trains specialists in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology after they have completed a residency in neurology. 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.

Gelfand is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. In 2019 he was elected vice-chair of the Autoimmune Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology.

  • 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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