Mikhail Semenovich Gelfenbeyn, MD

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 who practices at the Puget Sound VA Health System’s Seattle Campus. He was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia. After graduating medical school, he worked at the Moscow Sklifosovsky Emergency Care Institute where he was Chief of Neurosurgery. Dr. Gelfenbeyn immigrated to the US at the end of 2000 and completed a residency and fellowship at the University of Washington Department of Neurological Surgery.

Clinical Interest

Degenerative spine conditions and peripheral nerve conditions

Research Interests

Degenerative spine conditions

Personal Interests

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




  1. Gelfenbeyn M, Vasil'ev S, Krylov V: Cerebellar Haemorrhage after Supratentorial Aneurysm Surgery with Lumbar Drainage. Neurosurg Rev. 2001 Dec;24(4):214-9. doi: 10.1007/s101430000144. PMID: 11778829
  2. 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. doi: 10.1016/j.surneu.2005.05.028. PMID: 16427419
  3. 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
  4. Gelfenbeyn M, Natarajan S, Sekhar L. 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
  5. Barros G, McGrath L, Gelfenbeyn M. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction in patients with low back pain. Fed Pract. 2019 Aug;36(8):370-375. PMID: 31456628


  1. Gelfenbeyn M, Marsh H, Rengachary S. Entrapment Neuropathies. Principles of Neurosurgery. 2012, pp.515-524.
  2. Zakarevicius Z., Gelfenbeyn M., Rozet I. Positions in Neurosurgery. Essentials of Geriatric Neurosurgery (edit. H. Prabhakar), CRC Press, 2019, pp. 189-204