Andrew Scott Gelfand, MD $$ Division Director at Children's Health Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Andrew Scott Gelfand, M.D., is a pediatric pulmonologist who practices at Children’s Health℠. Dr. Gelfand serves as Chief of Respiratory Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. He cares for young patients who have lung diseases, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia and neuromuscular weakness. He has a special interest in chronic mechanical ventilation for children who have trouble breathing adequately on their own.
“I really enjoy helping patients improve,” says Dr. Gelfand. “A good day is when you see a patient for follow up who was struggling to breath previously, and now they are significantly better. The relief on their parent’s faces makes the day even brighter.”
Dr. Gelfand earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1990. Afterward, he also completed his residency in Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine from 19909 to 1993. From 1993 to 1996, he completed a pediatric pulmonary fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, working at Children’s Hospital of Colorado and National Jewish Health and Science Research Center.
Now, in his role as Chief of Respiratory Medicine, Dr. Gelfand works to enhance the pulmonary programs that we presently have such as high risk asthma, cystic fibrosis and sleep. He also hopes to develop new programs such as pulmonary hypertension and primary ciliary dyskinesia with the help of his colleagues. His main focus will also be to help grow a small but exceptional group of pediatric pulmonologists. He also provides mentorship to physicians in the pediatric pulmonary fellowship program.
Dr. Gelfand was inspired to become a doctor when he was just five years old. “I really liked my pediatrician,” remembers Dr. Gelfand. “He was friendly, funny and took good care of me and my family; he was a good role model.”
In addition to caring for patients at Children’s Health, Dr. Gelfand is also the Chief Medical Officer for Our Children’s House. Our Children’s House is a pediatric subspecialty hospital with three primary programs which include acute rehabilitation, a feeding program for children who have trouble eating and drinking by mouth and a ventilator program to help families transition home with children who need extra support for their breathing.
Over the years, Dr. Gelfand has earned recognition numerous times on D Magazine’s list of “Best Pediatricians.” He also appears on the list of “Mom-Approved Doctors for Pediatric Pulmonology” in Dallas Child parenting magazine. He has been named a “Texas Super Doctor” in Texas Monthly magazine.
Dr. Gelfand is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Thoracic Society, Dallas County Medical Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
He also serves as an associate professor at UT Southwestern. At home, Dr. Gelfand likes to spend time with his wife and their four grown children. He also loves spending time with his grandson. He enjoys golfing, boating, and traveling.
Education and Training
Medical SchoolBaylor College of Medicine (1990)
InternshipBaylor College of Medicine (1991), Pediatrics
ResidencyBaylor College of Medicine (1993), Pediatrics
FellowshipNational Jewish Medical and Research Center (1996), Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases
University of Colorado School of Medicine - Denver (1996), Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases
Research & Publications
- Cystic fibrosis
- Active intestinal chloride secretion in human carriers
Hogenauer C, Santa Ana CA, Porter JL, Millard M, Gelfand A, Rosenblatt RL Am J Hum Genet December 2000 67(6) 1422-7
Professional Associations and Affiliations
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- American Medical Association
- American Thoracic Society
- Dallas County Medical Society
- Society of Critical Care Medicine
Awards & Honors
- Texas Monthly "Best Super Doctors" (2008)
- Best Doctors in America (2007)
- D Magazine "Best Pediatric Doctors in Dallas" (2007)
- D Magazine "Best Doctors in Dallas (2001)