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Jeffrey M. Gelfand


Medical Director, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center
Father of three, avid reader, travel enthusiast

Dr. Jeffrey M. Gelfand is a neurologist who cares for patients with autoimmune and inflammatory neurological conditions, neurodegenerative conditions, and general neurological disorders. He serves as medical director of the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Clinic. His treatment 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 or other systemic illnesses.

Gelfand earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology at UCSF. He also has a master of advanced studies degree in clinical research from UCSF.

UCSF recognized Gelfand's excellence in teaching with the Robert B. Layzer Award in 2014 and with an award from the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators in 2015. He was inducted into the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators in 2020.

Gelfand is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and serves as chair of the AAN's 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
    139 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 31, 2023
    Best doctor ever
    Oct 25, 2023
    Dr. Gelfand is always willing to collaborate with me regarding my plan of care. I really appreciate this.
    Oct 14, 2023
    Good experience
    Sep 20, 2023
    I love getting to see Dr. Gelfand. It is always such a pleasure and all of my worries are addressed.
    Sep 02, 2023
    Dr. Gelfand and his staff are wonderful. They are always very helpful and understanding. They are very quick in responding to messages on my chart
    Aug 29, 2023
    Respecting patient time is a big factor not only the experience level
    Aug 17, 2023
    Dr. Gelfand always has a caring bedside manner. He is always respectful. He always knows about the newest options for me. Dr. Gelfand is much more knowledgeable about my condition than the other neurologist I saw previous to him. Even though he sees me only once a year he always remembers me and my condition. I feel like I have something to consider and mull over each time that I leave. I usually leave smiling and feeling hopeful.
    Aug 16, 2023
    Dr. Gelfand rigorously addressed all of my concerns. He is extremely helpful.
    Aug 09, 2023
    Thank you for your professional support & kindness.
    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.