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Florence Gelo

Florence Gelo, DMin, NCPsyA

Associate Professor

Department: Family, Community & Preventive Medicine


  • DMin - Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • NCPsyA - Philadelphia School for Modern Psychoanalysis

Florence Gelo is an associate professor in the Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine. She specializes in  issues surrounding death and dying, palliative care, and the intersection of religion/spirituality and medicine.

Dr. Gelo is the behavioral science coordinator for the Family Medicine Residency program. She received an award from the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health to establish a religion, spirituality and medicine curriculum. She has developed a variety of art-based educational opportunities for the family medicine residency program and produced the film "The HeART of Empathy: Using the Visual Arts in Medical Education." She is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Gelo is a psychoanalyst in private practice specializing in grief, loss and chronic illness. Her hobby is serving in the docent program at the Woodmere Art Museum. Dr. Gelo and her partner live in suburban Philadelphia.

In the Media


Cigarettes, Coffee, Cookies and a Good Rest
Florence Gelo
Intima, Spring 2020

Engage the Emotions
Florence Gelo
Hektoen International, Winter 2020

Life Endured Without God
Florence Gelo
Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, Volume 15, Nos. 2-3, 2019

No Struggle When I'm Looking
Florence Gelo
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, Volume 73(2), June 1, 2019

Over the Rhône and into the Night: Just Be Graceful
Florence Gelo
Ars Medica, 14(1), 2019

The Painter and the Potter: Voices in Color and Texture
Florence Gelo
Hektoen International, Spring 2018

The Art of Loss
Florence Gelo
Hektoen International, Spring 2016

Verdi and Velázquez: Perceptive Sensitization in Clinical Medical Education
Daniel V. Schidlow and Florence Gelo
Hektoen International, Fall 2015

When You Cannot Decide Witch Doctor to Consult
Florence Gelo and Rosemary Harris
Hektoen International, Winter 2012

God's Menu
Florence Gelo
Hektoen International, Spring 2010

Film: The Heart of Empathy
Resonance Films, 2010

Contact Information

Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129