Gurfein grew up in Great Neck, New York. He attended Great Neck North High School and Stanford University.
Gurfein reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 96 in September 1983. He won 1 doubles title and reached his high doubles ranking of World No. 100 in June 1984.
At least while on tour, Gurfein kept a residence in Atlanta, Georgia.
Grand Prix and WCT doubles finals (4)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||1.||1981||Bordeaux, France||Clay||Anders Järryd|| Andrés Gómez
|Runner-up||2.||1981||Manila, Philippines||Clay||Drew Gitlin|| Mike Bauer
|Winner||1.||1982||Cairo, Egypt||Clay||Drew Gitlin|| Heinz Günthardt
|Runner-up||3.||1983||Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Erick Iskersky|| Anders Järryd