Dr. Gerald Gelfand

Jerry was born and educated in Newark, NJ. He completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and continued at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Dental School. He completed his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Michael Reese Hospital/Medical Center in Chicago. Following residency, Jerry served in the U.S. Air Force as a Major and Chief of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, George Air Force Base, Victorville, California. in 1976, Jerry began his private practice in Woodland Hills. He has been an important figure in helping to guide State and National Dental and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Organizations for many years. Throughout his career, he consistently emerged as a leader. Among the many leadership positions he held over the years were: President of the San Fernando Dental Society, California Dental Association (CDA) Trustee, Delegate to the CDA House of Delegates, Chairman of the CDA Council on Legislation, Chairman of the CDA Screening Committee, Cal-D-PAC Board of Trustees, Delegate to the American Dental Association (ADA) House of Delegates, ADA Council on Government Affairs, President of the Southern California Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (SCSOMS), President of the SCSOMS Foundation, Chairman of SCSOMS Anesthesia Committee, President of California Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS), President of the CALAOMS Health Foundation, Chairman of the CALAOMS Risk Management Committee, Co-Chair of CALAOMS Council on Government Affairs, CALAOMS Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors, Delegate to the AAOMS House of Delegates, Chairman of OMSPAC Board of Directors, Chairman of AAOMS Committee on Governmental Affairs. He was also President of the Western Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (WSOMS). Jerry was the recipient of the 2009 CALAOMS Distinguished Service Award and the recipient of the AAOMS 2010 Presidential Achievement Award in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for his work in the political and governmental affairs. The CALAOMS Board of Directors dedicated their 2013 January Membership Meeting to Gerald Gelfand, DMD as a tribute to his many contributions to his specialty. Most recently, he was the recipient of the AAOMS 2013 John F. Freihaut Outstanding Political Activist Award, in recognition for his outstanding efforts to advocate legislative and regulatory initiatives that have advanced and supported the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery. For over 30 years, Jerry taught residents at the UCLA Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He volunteered at the Los Angeles Free Clinic. He coached Little League for the L.A. County Department of Parks and Rec for over 20 years. He received the Woodland Hills Small Business Person of the Month Award by the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce in 1993. He was always a humble man who was never too busy to take on more. Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn, of 32 years and three children, Julie (Rick) Cornejo, Joshua, and Mitchell (Naomi), plus two grandchildren, Vincent and Alexa will miss him very much. He will be greatly missed by his many friends, relatives, and professional colleagues. Two older brothers; Marty and Lenny preceded him in death. Jerry and Marilyn were loving partners. He spent time relaxing as an avid stamp collector and member the National Philatelic Society. Never did a day go by without completing his LA Times crossword puzzle, reading the sports section, and watching Jeopardy. But, what he really enjoyed most was just being with his wife and family. Thank you for a wonderful life! Services were held on October 27 at 2 PM, Mt Sinai, Simi Valley. It was a beautiful day and a heartfelt service officiated by Cantor Doug Cotler, to whom the family is very appreciative. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the International Myeloma Foundation, No. Hollywood, CA, in memory of Dr. Gerald Gelfand.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 10, 2013