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Paul M. Schanfield, MD

Dr. Schanfield is a Minnesota Neurologist, who retired in 2015 after forty years in private practice. As a University of Minnesota Clinical Professor of Neurology, he continues to teach medical students and residents in Family Practice and Neurology. He received the first-ever University of Neurology Community Educator of the Month in July 2017. Besides being a perennial Minneapolis/St. Paul “Top Doctor” since 1992, he has received teaching awards from the University Family Practice Residencies at Bethesda and Phalen Village Clinics. In 2018, Dr. Schanfield was awarded the Community Teacher of the Year by the United Family Medicine Residents “in the spirit of the great teachers of medicine who have transmitted a heritage of proficiency, scholarship, and caring to us and future generations.”

Dr. Schanfield has been invited to teach Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) courses at universities across the country, including Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Boise State University, Chico State, American University in D.C., and the University of Minnesota. He is also serving on the Admissions Committee for the Medical School at the University of Minnesota, as well as the board of directors for the Sholom Community Alliance which runs nursing homes.

In 2024, Dr. Schanfield taught a University of Minnesota Retiree Association (UMRA) course on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease where he shared definitions, symptoms, and solutions for cognitive changes related to aging. It was attended by over 100 people and is posted on the exclusive Gold Mind site here.