Joel Gelfand, MD, MSCE


Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Medical Director, Dermatology Clinical Studies Unit

Department of Dermatology

Perelman School of Medicine


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About the Lab:

Dr. Gelfand is a dermatologist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on observational and experimental studies in patients with psoriasis. He directs a psoriasis research program that includes over 35 investigators from 12 institutions and over 10 disciplines. He has established large population-based and multi-centered clinic-based cohorts of patients with psoriasis which are the focus of longitudinal studies evaluating cardiovascular risk and the comparative effectiveness of treatment modalities in this population. He additionally has expertise in atopic dermatitis, cutaneous T cell lymphoma, and hidradenitis research.

Training Information:

Dr. Gelfand is a dedicated mentor with over 20 MD and PhDs having spent at least one full year under his mentorship, 12 of whom have received a Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology. His trainees have received numerous grants from the National Psoriasis Foundation, the National Institute for Health Research (United Kingdom), the NIH (F32, T32, K23, and a Lasker Award), the Dermatology Foundation and the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Gelfand is funded by NIH and other agencies and can provide training in epidemiology and/or clinical trials research. His trainees often choose to enroll in Penn’s MSCE program which provides rigorous training in epidemiology methods and analysis.

Current and Former T32 Trainees:

Emily Baumrin, MD

Shanu K. Kurd, MD

Erica D. Dommasch, MD

Daniel Shin, PhD

Anshika C. Bakshi

Andrea L. Neimann, MS, MD

Katrina E. Abuabara, MS, MD