Dr. Stephen G. Gelfand has been practicing rheumatology for over 40 years, 20 in Southern California and 22 in the South. He has taught rheumatology to medical students, residents and the physician staffs of four medical schools [in California, Illinois and Georgia] and recently came out of semi-retirement in July, 2015 to teach rheumatology to the new Internal Medicine Residency Program of Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC and to provide rheumatology services with HCA in Little River, SC for the North Strand and SE NC coastal region.
He went to medical school in New York at Albany Medical College of Union University, did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, NY and his fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis after serving in the Army for two years as an internist and Chief of Medicine at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama during the Vietnam War. He is American- board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Rheumatology.
His main educational and research interests have been the interdisciplinary and self-management of chronic pain of rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, and the growing opioid epidemic which the CDC has called the worst public health epidemic of modern times. Over the past 15 years, he has written numerous articles and given many lectures on these subjects for both physicians and the public. He is also a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing [PROP] which has been fighting the opioid epidemic since 2010. He has also written almost 1500 posts on this subject on Twitter over the last few years with multiple citations.