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Michael Gelfand, MD, PhD

Michael Gelfand, MD, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Gelfand is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Addiction Psychiatry, 2016
  • Neurology, 2014

Clinical Expertise:

  • Drug-Resistant Epilepsy
  • Electrophysiology (EP) Testing
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy and Pregnancy
  • Epilepsy Anti-epileptic Medications
  • Epilepsy Clinical Trials
  • Outpatient Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Seizures
  • Sleep-related Epilepsy
  • Tuberous Sclerosis

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Residency: Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Academy of Neurology, National American Epilepsy Society, National Epilepsy Study Consortium, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Gelfand is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Clinical Trials

Selected Publications:

French Jacqueline A, Wechsler Robert, Gelfand Michael A, Pollard John R, Vazquez Blanca, Friedman Daniel, Gong Lily H, Kamemoto Edwin, Isojarvi Jouko, Cassella James V: Inhaled alprazolam rapidly suppresses epileptic activity in photosensitive participants. Epilepsia : 2019.

Cherayil N, Khankhanian P, and Gelfand M: Determining Utility of Additional Days in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) for Patients without Events in First 5 Days of Admission American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting : 2019.

Drogin, J and Gelfand, M: Impact of Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis on Epilepsy in Patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting : 2019.

Gurrell Rachel, Gorman Donal, Whitlock Mark, Ogden Adam, Reynolds David S, DiVentura Bree, Abou-Khalil Bassel, Gelfand Michael, Pollard John, Hogan R Edward, Krauss Gregory, Sperling Michael, Vazquez Blanca, Wechsler Robert T, Friedman Daniel, Butt Richard P, French Jacqueline: Photosensitive epilepsy: Robust clinical efficacy of a selective GABA potentiator. Neurology 92 (15): e1786-e1795,2019.

Rachel Gurrell, Donal Gorman, Mark Whitlock, Adam Ogden, David S. Reynolds, Bree DiVentura, Bassel Abou-Khalil, Michael Gelfand, John Pollard, R. Edward Hogan, Gregory Krauss, Michael Sperling, Blanca Vazquez, Robert T. Wechsler, Daniel Friedman, Richard P. Butt, Jacqueline French: PF-06372865, an α2/3/5-subtype selective GABAA partial positive allosteric modulator has promising efficacy in the photosensitivity model ILAE annual meeting : 2019.

Michael A. Rogawski; Hui Gong; Kore Liow; Sami Aboumatar; Pavel Klein; Michael A. Gelfand,; Cassie Jung; Stephen Wargacki; Rikin Mehta,; and Allen H. Heller: Pharmacokinetics of Diazepam Buccal Soluble Film in Adult Patients with Epilepsy: Comparison of Bioavailability with Periictal and Interictal Administration American Epilepsy Society annual meeting : 2018.

Cassie Jung; Jordon Dubow; Hui Gong; Kore Liow; Pavel Klein; Michael A. Gelfand; Stephen Wargacki; Rikin Mehta; Michael A. Rogawski; Allen H. Heller,: The Usability of Diazepam Buccal Soluble Film as an Oral Treatment in Adult Patients with Epilepsy American Epilepsy Society annual meeting : 2018.

William Tatum; Lawrence J. Hirsch; Robert B. Duckrow; David Chen; Michael Gelfand; Andrew Blum, ; John Hixson; William LaFrance; Joseph Drazkowski; Selim R. Benbadis; and Gregory D. Cascino: OUTPATIENT SMARTPHONE VIDEOS FOR CLASSIFYING EPILEPTIC AND NON-EPILEPTIC SEIZURES American Epilepsy Society annual meeting : 2017.

Erin E. Coonan, Mayo Clinic Florida; Lawrence J. Hirsch, Yale University; Robert B. Duckrow, Yale University; David Chen, Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center; Michael Gelfand, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Andrew Blum, Brown University; John Hixson, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA; William LaFrance, Brown University; Joseph Drazkowski, Mayo Clinic Arizona; Selim Benbadis, University of South Florida; Gregory Cascino, Mayo Clinic; and William Tatum, Mayo Clinic - Florida: OUTPATIENT SMARTPHONE VIDEOS IN EPILEPSY (OSMARTVIE): INITIAL RESULTS OF VIDEO QUALITY American Epilepsy Society annual meeting : 2017.

Jacqueline French, Daniel Friedman, Robert Wechsler, Bree DiVentura, Michael Gelfand, John Pollard, Keith Huie, Blanca Vazquez, Lily Gong, James Cassella, Ed Kamemoto: Inhaled Alprazolam, a Potential Rescue Medication, Works Rapidly in Patients with Photosensitive Epilepsy American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting : 2017.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Neurology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Phone: (215) 662-3606
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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