Paul M Elsbernd


Major, Air Force

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, USU. Staff Neurologist/Neuroimmunologist
Location: San Antonio Military Medical Center, TX
Research Interests:
MOG Antibody Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
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Fellowship: Neuroimmunology, Mayo Clinic - Arizona
Residency: Neurology, Brooke Army Medical Center
Internship: Internal Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center
Medical School: MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Graduate School: MS in Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
Undergraduate: BS in Physics, US Air Force Academy


Dr. Paul Elsbernd is a Staff Neurologist and Neuroimmunologist at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force upon graduation from the US Air Force Academy in 2007 and served as a military scientist for 6 years before attending medical school. He earned his doctorate of medicine from Georgetown University in Washington, DC before completing his internship and neurology residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. He went on to complete a Neuroimmunology Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona with a special research interest in MOG Antibody Disease. Dr. Elsbernd also has a passion for medical education and holds appointments as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University and as an Adjoint Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing soccer, golf, and spending time with family.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Director, SAUSHEC Department of Medicine Grand Rounds Program (2021- present)

Adjoint Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Long School of Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), San Antonio, TX (2021 - present)

Teaching Fellow, Department of Neurology, USUHS Bethesda, MD (2017 – 2021)

Associate Clerkship Director, SAMMC Neurology Residency Program (2018 – 2020)

Computational Lead, Blast Traumatic Brain Injury Project, SAMMC San Antonio, TX (2017 – 2020)

Outstanding Resident Educator, Neurology Clerkship, United States Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) (2019)

Distinguished Graduate, United States Air Force Academy (2007)

Meritorious Service Medal (2020), Air Force Commendation Medal (2012)


Elsbernd, P., Hasan, S., Lowery, J., Wingerchuk, D. (2021). Multiple Sclerosis Minute: Novel Treatment Options for Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder. Practical Neurology, Oct 2021, 31-34.

Elsbernd, P.M., Carter, J.L. (2021). Using Monoclonal Antibodies for Multiple Sclerosis: A Review. Biologics: Targets and Therapy, Accepted for publication

Miller, S. T., Cooper, C. F., Elsbernd, P., Kerwin, J., Mejia-Alvarez, R., & Willis, A. M. (2021). Localizing Clinical Patterns of Blast Traumatic Brain Injury Through Computational Modeling and Simulation. Frontiers in Neurology, 12, 459.

Elsbernd, P. M., Hoffman, W. R., Carter, J. L., & Wingerchuk, D. M. (2021). Interleukin-6 inhibition with tocilizumab for relapsing MOG-IgG associated disorder (MOGAD): A case-series and review. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 48, 102696.

Elsbernd, P., Lago, K., Calvano, T., Sladky, J. (2020). Neuroschistosomiasis: Complete Neurologic Recovery after Acute Cauda Equina Syndrome. Practical Neurology, May 2020, 73-77.

Tchopev, Z., Elsbernd P., Koehn, T. (2020). Functional Recovery of an Active Duty Soldier after Anoxic Brain Injury with Marked Diffusion Restriction. Broca’s Area, Winter 2020; e14-15.

Jordan M., Elsbernd P., Sladky J. (2019). Thermoregulatory Dysfunction in a Patient with Locked-In Syndrome Due to Bilateral Ventral Pontine Infarction. Broca’s Area, Summer 2019; e14-15.

Einterz, S., Elledge, C., Elsbernd, P., Fabyan, K. (2013). Problems and Promises: The Evolution of Prenatal Treatments for Spina Bifida. Current Opinions in Sexual Development and Reproduction. An Academic Journal of the School of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center, Volume 4 (M1).

Spanos, P., Elsbernd, P., Ward, B., & Koenck, T. (2013). Estimation of the physical properties of nanocomposites by finite-element discretization and Monte Carlo simulation. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 371(1993), 20120494.

Zhdanov, B.V., Kontur, F., Phipps, S., Hallada, F., Elsbernd, P., Miller, W., Peay, A. and Knize, R.J. (2007). Tunable single frequency cesium laser. Optics Communications, 280(1), pp.161-164.