Dr. Yaser El-Gazzar, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Yaser El-Gazzar, MD

Dr. Yaser El-Gazzar, MD

Yaser El-Gazzar, MD is a Board Eligible, orthopedic surgeon with specialty interests in joint preservation, adult & pediatric sports medicine, and trauma. He completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Albert Einstein Medical College/ Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He completed his training by undergoing a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Jack Hughston Foundation in Georgia under the mentorship of Champ Baker, JR, MD where he was involved in the care of NCAA, professional, high school, and “weekend warrior” athletes. Since then, he has become team physician for Berkeley College athletics. He is also involved in the care of many neighboring Hudson County high schools including Weehawken and Union city High Schools.

Dr. El-Gazzar’s life experiences give him a unique advantage as a physician: “I have undergone 7 major surgeries in my lifetime. I developed a unique endocrine tumor, called a pheochromacytoma, which secreted adrenaline at the age of 13 years old. It took 7 open abdominal exploratory surgeries to remove the recurring tumors, supplemented with nuclear and chemotherapy to be cured, the last surgery being in 2011. Each surgery was accompanied by fear and anxiety, followed by intense pain and rehab. I know what it means to be scared to the point that it takes over all of your senses as you are being told that you should undergo a major procedure. The uncertainty of what is actually being done to you and what the outcome will be can feel suffocating. You have a life, plans, and goals that now fall out of focus. I believe that understanding this process first hand has given me the advantage and ability to communicate with patients and help them truly understand the diagnosis, treatment options, and most importantly, the road to rehabilitation and returning to everyday life. I have had many negative experiences with surgeons who did not explain things to me, were short and abrupt with me, and made me feel that they really didn’t care. My life’s and professional career’s mission is to never make a patient feel the way I did”.

“I believe that joint preservation is the future of orthopedic surgery”. Damage to the cartilaginous surfaces of joints does not repair itself in adults. The inability of the human body to regenerate or repair joint surface cartilage continues to be a modern day mystery. Damage to cartilage surfaces can occur via two main mechanisms: There is the wear that comes with age, commonly known as degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis and there is the damage that occurs as a result of a traumatic event or during sports. As we strive to become more active and live healthier, it is inevitable that sports injuries occur more frequently. Patients now have many options in how to treat this damage.

 

Dr. El-Gazzar specializes in:

  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Joint Preservation (including meniscal & cartilage transplants and re-alignment procedures)
  • Sports injuries such as ACL, PCL, multi-ligamentous, and meniscus knee injuries
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy and Reconstruction/Arthroplasty
  • Ankle Arthroscopy as well as other sports injuries. He also enjoys treating and helping adults and children that have undergone orthopedic trauma and fractures

EDUCATION

  • Medical School:
    1. Drexel University
    2. Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • Residency: Montefiore Medical Center – Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Hughston Clinic – Sports Medicine

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Bayonne Medical Center
  • Christ Hospital
  • Hoboken University Medical Center
  • Jersey City Medical Center
  • Mountainside Hospital
  • Palisades Medical Center

SPECIALITIES

  • Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Orthopedic Surgeon

LANGUAGE SPOKEN

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Arabic

AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS

 

  • Best Poster Presentation, 3rd place, Southern Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting, July 2013; West Palm Beach, FL; “The Contribution of Rotator Cuff Fixation to the Stability of Locked Planting of 2 & 3-Part Proximal Humerous Fractures: A Cadaveric Biochemical Evaluation”- 2013
  • Jack Hughston Award for Outstanding Fellow Research; Hughston Foundation, Columbus, GA – 2012
  • Russell Hibbs Award for Best Clinical Paper Scoliosis Research Society 41st Annual Meeting; “Detection Of Impending Neurologic Injury During Surgery For Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Comparison Of Transcranial Motor And Somatosensory Evoked Potential Monitoring In 1121 Consecutive Cases” – 2006
  • Henry Rutgers Scholar Rutgers University; “Effects of L1-fc, L1-TEV and Cyclosporine A on Cytokine and Neurotrophin MRNA Levels after Spinal Cord Injury” – 2001
  • Acknowledgement: “Neurophysiological Detection of Impending Spinal Cord Injury During Scoliosis Surgery”; Journal of Joint Surgery. Am. Nov 2007; 89:2440-2449
  • Podium Presentation: “The Contribution of Rotator Cuff Fixation to the Stability of Locked Plating of 2 & 3- Part Proximal Humerus Fractures: A Cadaveric Biochemical Evaluation”, American Sports Medicine Institute & Hughston Foundation Fellowship Societies Meeting; Birmingham, AL , June 2013
  • Poster Presentation: “The Contribution of Rotator Cuff Fixation to the Stability of Locked Plating of 2 & 3 – Part Proximal Humerus Fractures: A Cadaveric Biochemical Evaluation”, Presented at the Southern Orthopedics Association Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL, July 2013
  • Poster Presentation: “The Use of Dermabond as an Adjunct in Wound Closure After Total Knee Arthroplasty; A Randomized Controlled Investigation Into Wound Drainage Rates Utilizing Dermabond”, Presented at teh American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Feb 2012
  • Poster Presentation: “The Use of Dermabond as an Adjunct in Wound Closure After Total Knee Arthroplasty; A Randomized Controlled Investigation Into Wound Drainage Rates Utilizing Dermabond”, Presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dallas, TX, Nov 2010
  • Books: First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CS, Tao Le, McGraw Hill, New York, 2007, Contributor

New Edge Orthopedics, LLC

115 Christopher Columbus Drive
Suite 302
Jersey City, NJ 07302

PHONE: (201) 985-8967

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