Amy Gelfand, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
Address2330 Post Street
San Francisco CA 94115
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    University of California, San FranciscoCert2013 Medicine (Advance Training in Clinical Research)
    University of California, San Francisco Residency School of Medicine
    Harvard UniversityM.D.2006School of Medicine

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    Dr. Amy Gelfand is a board-certified child neurologist and Director of Pediatric Headache at UCSF. She specializes in diagnosing and treating children who suffer from a variety of headache disorders, as well as children with childhood periodic syndromes such as abdominal migraine that may be precursors to migraine headache later in life. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of pediatric migraine and childhood periodic syndromes.

    Gelfand received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, she completed a residency in pediatrics and residency in child neurology at UCSF, then subspecialty fellowship training in pediatric headache at UCSF.

    She is the recipient of a teaching award from the UCSF Pediatrics Residents and writing awards from the Resident and Fellows Section of the medical journal, Neurology. Gelfand is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, American Headache Society and International Headache Society.

    She is the Principal Investigator of the BRAiN-M Study (Bringing Relief to Adolescents Naturally using Melatonin): http://brain-m.ucsf.edu.

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    1. Gelfand A. Episodic syndromes of childhood associated with migraine. Curr Opin Neurol. 2018 Mar 29. PMID: 29601304.
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    2. Irwin SL, Qubty W, Allen IE, Patniyot I, Goadsby PJ, Gelfand A. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Migraine Prevention in Adolescents: A Pilot Open-Label Study. Headache. 2018 Mar 12. PMID: 29528485.
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    3. Buse DC, Powers SW, Gelfand A, VanderPluym JH, Fanning KM, Reed ML, Adams AM, Lipton RB. Adolescent Perspectives on the Burden of a Parent's Migraine: Results from the CaMEO Study. Headache. 2018 Apr; 58(4):512-524. PMID: 29355924.
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    4. Gelfand JM, Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ, Benn BS, Koth LL. Migraine is common in patients with sarcoidosis. Cephalalgia. 2018 Jan 01; 333102418768037. PMID: 29580067.
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    5. Starling AJ, Tepper SJ, Marmura MJ, Shamim EA, Robbins MS, Hindiyeh N, Charles AC, Goadsby PJ, Lipton RB, Silberstein SD, Gelfand A, Chiacchierini RP, Dodick DW. A multicenter, prospective, single arm, open label, observational study of sTMS for migraine prevention (ESPOUSE Study). Cephalalgia. 2018 Jan 01; 333102418762525. PMID: 29504483.
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    6. Özge A, Abu-Arafeh I, Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ, Cuvellier JC, Valeriani M, Sergeev A, Barlow K, Uludüz D, Yalin OÖ, Faedda N, Lipton RB, Rapoport A, Guidetti V. Experts' opinion about the pediatric secondary headaches diagnostic criteria of the ICHD-3 beta. J Headache Pain. 2017 Nov 29; 18(1):113. PMID: 29285571.
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    7. Özge A, Faedda N, Abu-Arafeh I, Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ, Cuvellier JC, Valeriani M, Sergeev A, Barlow K, Uludüz D, Yalin OÖ, Lipton RB, Rapoport A, Guidetti V. Experts' opinion about the primary headache diagnostic criteria of the ICHD-3rd edition beta in children and adolescents. J Headache Pain. 2017 Nov 23; 18(1):109. PMID: 29285570.
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    8. Gelfand A, Qubty W, Goadsby PJ. Pediatric Migraine Prevention-First, Do No Harm. JAMA Neurol. 2017 Aug 01; 74(8):893-894. PMID: 28628697.
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    9. Bear JJ, Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ, Bass N. Occipital headaches and neuroimaging in children. Neurology. 2017 Aug 01; 89(5):469-474. PMID: 28667183.
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    10. Tso AR, Patniyot IR, Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ. Increased rate of venous thrombosis may be associated with inpatient dihydroergotamine treatment. Neurology. 2017 Jul 18; 89(3):279-283. PMID: 28615428.
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    11. Gelfand A. Melatonin in the Treatment of Primary Headache Disorders. Headache. 2017 Jun; 57(6):848-849. PMID: 28594124.
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    12. Gelfand A, Qubty W, Patniyot I, Grimes B, Pletcher MJ, Goadsby PJ, Cummings SR. Home-Based Trials in Adolescent Migraine: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Neurol. 2017 Jun 01; 74(6):744-745. PMID: 28437521.
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    13. Gelfand A. Acupuncture for Migraine Prevention: Still Reaching for Convincing Evidence. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Apr 01; 177(4):516-517. PMID: 28241222.
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    14. Irwin S, Barmherzig R, Gelfand A. Recurrent Gastrointestinal Disturbance: Abdominal Migraine and Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2017 03; 17(3):21. PMID: 28283964.
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    15. Gelfand A, Johnson H, Lenaerts ME, Litwin JR, De Mesa C, Bogduk N, Goadsby PJ. Neck-Tongue syndrome: A systematic review. Cephalalgia. 2018 Feb; 38(2):374-382. PMID: 28100071.
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    16. Qubty W, Gelfand A. Psychological and Behavioral Issues in the Management of Migraine in Children and Adolescents. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2016 Dec; 20(12):69. PMID: 27896587.
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    17. Szperka CL, Gelfand A, Hershey AD. Patterns of Use of Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Trigger Point Injections for Pediatric Headache: Results of a Survey of the American Headache Society Pediatric and Adolescent Section. Headache. 2016 Nov; 56(10):1597-1607. PMID: 27731894.
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    18. Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ. The Role of Melatonin in the Treatment of Primary Headache Disorders. Headache. 2016 Sep; 56(8):1257-66. PMID: 27316772; PMCID: PMC5012937 [Available on 09/01/17].
    19. Qubty W, Gelfand A. The Link Between Infantile Colic and Migraine. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2016 May; 20(5):31. PMID: 27038970.
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    20. Johnson HF, Goadsby PJ, Gelfand A. Predictors of Triptan Response in Pediatric Migraine. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 May; 58:37-40. PMID: 26968976; PMCID: PMC4899237 [Available on 05/01/17].
    21. Eller M, Gelfand A, Riggins NY, Shiboski S, Schankin C, Goadsby PJ. Exacerbation of headache during dihydroergotamine for chronic migraine does not alter outcome. Neurology. 2016 Mar 01; 86(9):856-9. PMID: 26843569; PMCID: PMC4793780 [Available on 03/01/17].
    22. Qubty W, Gelfand A. Review of Prevention for Pediatric and Adolescent Migraine. Pediatr Neurol Briefs. 2016 Jan; 30(1):5. PMID: 27004139; PMCID: PMC4798855.
    23. Patniyot IR, Gelfand A. Acute Treatment Therapies for Pediatric Migraine: A Qualitative Systematic Review. Headache. 2016 Jan; 56(1):49-70. PMID: 26790849.
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    24. Gelfand A, Gallagher RC. Cyclic vomiting syndrome versus inborn errors of metabolism: A review with clinical recommendations. Headache. 2016 Jan; 56(1):215-21. PMID: 26678622; PMCID: PMC4728152 [Available on 01/01/17].
    25. Gelfand A. Infant Colic. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Feb; 23(1):79-82. PMID: 27017027; PMCID: PMC4809021 [Available on 02/01/17].
    26. Gelfand A. Episodic Syndromes That May Be Associated With Migraine: A.K.A. "the Childhood Periodic Syndromes". Headache. 2015 Nov-Dec; 55(10):1358-64. PMID: 26234380; PMCID: PMC4715532 [Available on 11/01/16].
    27. Pressman A, Jacobson A, Eguilos R, Gelfand A, Huynh C, Hamilton L, Avins A, Bakshi N, Merikangas K. Prevalence of migraine in a diverse community--electronic methods for migraine ascertainment in a large integrated health plan. Cephalalgia. 2016 Apr; 36(4):325-34. PMID: 26069243; PMCID: PMC4775431.
    28. Gelfand A. Psychiatric comorbidity and paediatric migraine: examining the evidence. Curr Opin Neurol. 2015 Jun; 28(3):261-4. PMID: 25923126.
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    29. Gelfand A, Fullerton HJ, Jacobson A, Sidney S, Goadsby PJ, Kurth T, Pressman A. Is migraine a risk factor for pediatric stroke? Cephalalgia. 2015 Dec; 35(14):1252-60. PMID: 25754176; PMCID: PMC4564362 [Available on 12/01/16].
    30. Gelfand A. Infant colic--a baby's migraine? Cephalalgia. 2015 Dec; 35(14):1243-5. PMID: 25733672.
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    31. Gelfand A. Migraine in young children. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2015 Jun; 57(6):503. PMID: 25616148.
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    32. Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ. Medication overuse in children and adolescents. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2014 Jul; 18(7):428. PMID: 24898106; PMCID: PMC4086803.
    33. Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ, Allen IE. The relationship between migraine and infant colic: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Cephalalgia. 2015 Jan; 35(1):63-72. PMID: 24853164.
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    34. Young-Lin N, Shalev S, Glenn OA, Gardner M, Lee C, Wynshaw-Boris A, Gelfand A. Teaching neuroimages: infant with glutaric aciduria type 1 presenting with infantile spasms and hypsarrhythmia. Neurology. 2013 Dec 10; 81(24):e182-3. PMID: 24323445; PMCID: PMC3863345.
    35. Gelfand A, Reider AC, Goadsby PJ. Outcomes of greater occipital nerve injections in pediatric patients with chronic primary headache disorders. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Feb; 50(2):135-9. PMID: 24268688; PMCID: PMC3903978.
    36. Gelfand A. Childhood migraine is associated with a history of infantile colic. J Pediatr. 2013 Sep; 163(3):922-3. PMID: 23973242.
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    37. Gelfand A, Reider AC, Goadsby PJ. Cranial autonomic symptoms in pediatric migraine are the rule, not the exception. Neurology. 2013 Jul 30; 81(5):431-6. PMID: 23897870; PMCID: PMC3776532.
    38. Gelfand A. Migraine and childhood periodic syndromes in children and adolescents. Curr Opin Neurol. 2013 Jun; 26(3):262-8. PMID: 23549418.
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    39. Gelfand AA, Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ. Migraine and multiple sclerosis: Epidemiology and approach to treatment. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2013 Apr; 2(2):73-9. PMID: 25877626.
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    40. Gelfand A, Croen LA, Torres AR, Wu YW. Genetic risk factors for perinatal arterial ischemic stroke. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Jan; 48(1):36-41. PMID: 23290018; PMCID: PMC3539155.
    41. Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ. Treatment of pediatric migraine in the emergency room. Pediatr Neurol. 2012 Oct; 47(4):233-41. PMID: 22964436; PMCID: PMC3681416.
    42. Gelfand A, Thomas KC, Goadsby PJ. Before the headache: infant colic as an early life expression of migraine. Neurology. 2012 Sep 25; 79(13):1392-6. PMID: 22972642; PMCID: PMC4098946.
    43. Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ. Primary sex headache in adolescents. Pediatrics. 2012 Aug; 130(2):e439-41. PMID: 22753551.
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    44. Gelfand A, Goadsby PJ. A Neurologist's Guide to Acute Migraine Therapy in the Emergency Room. Neurohospitalist. 2012 Apr 01; 2(2):51-59. PMID: 23936605.
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    45. Gelfand AA, Gelfand A, Prabakhar P, Goadsby PJ. Ophthalmoplegic "migraine" or recurrent ophthalmoplegic cranial neuropathy: new cases and a systematic review. J Child Neurol. 2012 Jun; 27(6):759-66. PMID: 22241707; PMCID: PMC3562350.
    46. Wu YW, Croen LA, Vanderwerf A, Gelfand A, Torres AR. Candidate genes and risk for CP: a population-based study. Pediatr Res. 2011 Dec; 70(6):642-6. PMID: 21857382; PMCID: PMC3210921.
    47. Pham CB, Kratz JR, Jelin AC, Gelfand A. Child neurology: Brachial plexus birth injury: what every neurologist needs to know. Neurology. 2011 Aug 16; 77(7):695-7. PMID: 21844527.
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    48. Gelfand A, Sznewajs A, Glass HC, Jelin AC, Sherr EH. Clinical Reasoning: An encephalopathic 3-day-old infant. Neurology. 2011 Jul 05; 77(1):e1-5. PMID: 21727263; PMCID: PMC3127334.
    49. Gelfand A. Right brain: we were all once "fixed and dilated". Neurology. 2010 Nov 16; 75(20):1851-2. PMID: 21079189.
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    50. Gelfand A, Fullerton HJ, Goadsby PJ. Child neurology: Migraine with aura in children. Neurology. 2010 Aug 03; 75(5):e16-9. PMID: 20679627; PMCID: PMC2918469.
    51. Gelfand A, Josephson SA. Substantial radiation exposure for patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2011 Mar-Apr; 20(2):131-3. PMID: 20621510.
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    52. Gelfand A. A piece of my mind. Triggers. JAMA. 2006 Sep 13; 296(10):1211-2. PMID: 16968834.
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