Erwin W. Gelfand
Department of Pediatrics
America’s Top Doctors 2017 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Erwin W. Gelfand, MD, is a pediatric allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health. He is in the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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’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 served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health from 1987 to 2016. Under his leadership, the Pediatrics Department became a world leader in the treatment and research of pediatric allergies, asthma and atopic dermatitis. During Dr. Gelfand’s tenure, more than 75 clinical fellows graduated from the National Jewish Health Fellows Program. He trained more than 100 post-doctoral students in his laboratory, and clinical and basic research programs have thrived.

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 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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  • Office: 877.225.5654



  • National Jewish Health Main Campus
    1400 Jackson St.
    Denver, CO 80206

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