Erwin W. Gelfand
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
  • 5280 Top Doctors 2016
  • Recognized as a 5280 Top Doctor
  • America’s Top Doctors 2015 — Castle Connolly, Medical, Ltd.
  • Recognized in America’s Top Doctors — Castle Connolly, Inc.
  • Best Doctors in America® 2015 — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • America’s Top Doctors 2016 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
  • image descriptionPrograms & Services
    Specialties and ConditionsSpecialties & Conditions
    Research AreasResearch Areas
    • Autoimmunity
    • Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • Clinical Immunology
    • Experimental Models of Asthma, Peanut Sensitivity and Allergic Rhinitis
    • Genetic Disorders of Immune Function
    • Immune Deficiency Disorders
    • Immunity and Immunology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Inflammation

    Additional Information

    Dr. Gelfand has been Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Hospital since 1987. He also holds the position of Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at both institutions.

    Dr. Gelfand is a member of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science; the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology; the American Association of Immunologists; the Clinical Immunology Society; the Society for Pediatric Research; and the Society for Clinical Investigation. He is the recipient of the Mead Johnson Award for research in pediatrics, the McLaughlin Foundation Edward Gallie Visiting Professorship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Lifetime Achievement award from National Jewish Health, the Gold medal from the German Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology and the Global Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from McGill University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Gelfand’s clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of immune deficiency and autoimmune disorders and severe atopic diseases. His  research has focused on signal transduction in lymphocytes and mast cells, T lymphocyte plasticity and experimental models of asthma, allergic rhinitis and peanut allergy and immunodeficiency diseases. He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency and several foundations, and has published more than 750 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

    Dr. Gelfand received his Doctor of Medicine degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He completed his internship training at Montreal General Hospital and his senior residency training and fellowship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. He also completed his research fellowship in immunology at Harvard Medical School.


    McGill University, MD
    Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School, Pediatrics
    Montreal Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics
    Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard Medical School, Immunology

    Awards & Recognition

    1989-Present: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc.
    1991-Present: America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
    2014: McGill Faculty of Medicine Global Alumni Lifetime and Career Achievement Award
    2013: German Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology Gold Medala
    2011: Elected member of the Association of American Physicians
    2009: Honorary Fellow, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
    2008: Scientific Lifetime Achievement Award, National Jewish Health

    Hospital Affiliations

    • Children's Hospital Colorado
    • Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
    • University of Colorado Hospital

    Conflicts of Interest

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    Contact Information

    • Office: 303.398.1196
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      1400 Jackson St.
      Denver, CO 80206

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