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635 Madison Ave, Ste. #1101
New York, NY 10022

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Phone: (212) 628-6611
Fax: (212) 588-9897

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Brian Gelbman, MD

Focus of Practice: Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine, Lung Cancer, Bronchitis, Asthma, Lung Nodules

Dr. Gelbman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital . He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Dr. Gelbman is currently the President-Elect for the New York State Thoracic Society.

Dr. Gelbman has performed research in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema and ciliary disorders of the airway.  He has written several original articles, reviews and abstracts on COPD, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Bronchiolitis Obliterans, and smoking related disease of the lungs. Currently, Dr. Gelbman’s special area of interests include early detection of lung cancer, ciliary diseases, and dive medicine.

Dr. Gelbman was raised in South Florida and Peekskill, NY.  After attending Cornell University in Ithaca, NY for his undergraduate training, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for medical school, he returned to New York Presbyterian Hospital for his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Medicine.

During his residency training at Cornell, he met his wife, Joy Kaplan Gelbman M.D., who is now a Cardiologist at New York Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center.  Together, they have three children and live in Brooklyn Heights.

  • Undergraduate: Cornell University
  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Internship: New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Residencies:

    New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center

  • Fellowships:

    New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center

Clinical/Academic Titles:

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Professional Organizations:

New York Thoracic Society
American Thoracic Society
American College of Chest Physicians

Special Achievements/Awards:

2012  Listed in Castle Connelly’s Best Doctors

2011   Listed in Superdoctors, New York

2004  CHEST Foundation Clinical Research Trainee Award in COPD

2004  Finalist,WeillCornellMedicalCenter- Clinical Research Fellows Award

1999   Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society 

1999   Honorable Mention, Dystonia Medical Research Society

1996   Golden Key National Honor Society


Gelbman BD, Cham MD, Kim W, Libby DM, Port, JL, Altorki NK, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Radiographic and Clinical Characterization of False Negative Results from CT-Guided Needle Biopsies of Lung Nodules, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 2012, 7(5): 815-820, May 2012.

Gelbman BD, Crystal RG, Idiopathic and Autoimmune Interstitial Lung Disease, in The Autoimmune Diseases, Fifth Edition, ed: Rose and Mackay, Academic Press, In press

 Gelbman BD, Gelbman JK, Is it always wrong to perform futile CPR, Correspondence, New England Journal of Medicine, 2010, 362:21.

 Gelbman BD, Gelbman JM, Deconstructing DNR, Journal of Medical Ethics, 2008, 34:640-641.

 Gelbman BD, Heguy A, O'Connor TP, Zabner J, Crystal RG Upregulation of pirin expression by chronic cigarette smoking is associated with bronchial epithelial cell apoptosis, Respiratory Research 2007, 8:10 (8 February 2007)

 Gelbman BD, Crystal RG, Idiopathic Bronchiolitis Obliterans and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, in The Autoimmune Diseases, Fourth Edition, ed: Rose and Mackay, Academic Press, 2006.

 Gelbman BD, Total Educational Debt May be more Important than Monthly Debt Payments on Career Choices, Correspondence, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2006, 173, p 933.

Board Certifications:

Internal Medicine
Pulmonary Disease Medicine
Critical Care Medicine