Erwin W. Gelfand, MD has been Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health in Denver from July, 1987 to December, 2016. He was Vice-Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine during this time and remains Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at the School of Medicine.
Dr. Gelfand’s research interests are in immunodeficiency and allergic diseases. His laboratory has published extensively on signal transduction in lymphocytes and mast cells and experimental models of asthma, allergic rhinitis and food allergy, and immunodeficiency diseases. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies. He has authored more than 750 papers. He is the recipient of the Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics, the McLaughlin Foundation Edward Gallie Professorship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Lifetime Achievement Award from National Jewish Health, the Honorary Fellow Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 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 is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Association of Immunologists, the Clinical Immunology Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Association of Physicians, and the Society for Clinical Investigation. He serves on several editorial boards.
At National Jewish Health, he grew the Department of Pediatrics and it became recognized as one of the pre-eminent programs in the United States and abroad. Through recruitment of exceptional candidates in clinical medicine, clinical investigation, and basic research, the Department has flourished with a National and International reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases including asthma, atopic dermatitis, food sensitivities, and immunodeficiency diseases. He established the unique Day Program, Infusion Center, a Clinical Research Center, the Immunodeficiency Diagnosis and Treatment Program, and specialty programs in the different allergic diseases.
Perhaps his greatest contribution has been in the teaching and mentoring of post-doctoral fellows in his laboratory. Over his career, more than 120 trainees have spent time in his laboratory. Their successes are evident in the large number of papers from his group and their subsequent successful careers. Virtually all have remained in academic medicine becoming Chairs of Departments, Institute Directors, Professors and independent Scientists in the United States, Canada, Israel, Germany, Japan, China, England, France, and Korea. During his chairmanship, more than 75 clinical fellows graduated in the training program.
Dr. Gelfand received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 1966. He completed his internship training at the Montreal General Hospital, a junior year of Pediatric residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and his senior residency training and fellowship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Moreover, he completed his research fellowship in Immunology at the Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.