Mikhail Semenovich Gelfenbeyn M.D.

Portrait of Mikhail Semenovich Gelfenbeyn M.D.
Job Title
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Dr. Gelfenbeyn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and Chief of Neurosurgery at Seattle VAMC.

He was born and grew up in Moscow, USSR. After graduating from the medical school he worked for 20 years at the Moscow Sklifosovsky Emergency Care Institute where he was a Chief of Neurosurgery Department for the last five years. Dr. Gelfenbeyn immigrated to the US at the end of 2000 and redid his residency. He currently works at the Seattle VAMC.

Clinical Interest

Dr. Gelfenbeyn's clinical interests are in spine degenerative conditions and peripheral nerve conditions.

Research Interests

Dr. Gelfenbeyn's research interests are in spine degenerative conditions.

Personal Interests

Dr. Gelfenbeyn's personal interests are in books, and art.


Medical Education

Moscow 2nd Medical Institute


University of Washington


University of Washington


University of Washington

Board Certification
American Board of Neurological Surgery - 2013
Contact Information



Book Chapters:


Gelfenbeyn M, Marsh H, Rengachary S. Entrapment Neuropathies, in Principles of Neurosurgery, edited by RG Ellenbogen RG and SI Addulrauf. Saunders, of Elsevier, USA, 2012, pp.515-524.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:


Gelfenbeyn M, Natarajan SK, Sekhar LN. Large distal anterior cerebral artery aneurysm treated with resection and interposition graft: case report.

Neurosurgery. 2009 May;64(5):E1008-9; discussion E1009. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000339119.92564.29. PMID: 19404124


Vilela MD, Gelfenbeyn M, Bellabarba C. U-shaped sacral fracture and lumbosacral dislocation as a result of a shotgun injury: case report.

Neurosurgery. 2009 Jan;64(1):E193-4; discussion E194. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000336313.88450.5E. PMID: 19145146


Gelfenbeyn M, Goodkin R, Kliot M. Sterile recurrent spinal epidural abscess in a patient with Crohn's disease: a case report.

Surg Neurol. 2006 Feb;65(2):178-84; discussion 184. Review. PMID: 16427419


Gelfenbeyn M, Vasil'ev S, Krylov V. Cerebellar haemorrhage after supratentorial aneurysm surgery with lumbar drainage.

Neurosurg Rev. 2001 Dec;24(4):214-9. PMID: 11778829