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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
Verified Patient Reviews
Rushed through the visit and I left without all my concerns being properly addressed
Super professional, extremely knowledgeable & thorough. Took time to explain, take X-rays to confirm diagnosis and treated both problems. Highly recommend Dr ElGazzar
My entire experience was great. I’m really happy that I have found Dr. El-Gazzar and his office.
I saw doctor El-Gazzar twice, and he 30-45 minutes late to the office in both times. The doctor is very pleasant, but I felt he rushed me to do surgery without carefully examining the situation.
I was a new patient and his assistant walked in and referred to me as "this" and had to be corrected by the Xray tech that I was a person and not a "this." The doctor spoke down to me and in a belittling voice asked me 3 times if I was sure I would comply with his instructions. It seems like they are used to patients who lie and aren't compliant. Either way it's poor customer service to make make broad assumptions and treat adults like small children. As I was responding to his question on where else I had discomfort he cut me off and concluded, "that's because you work out and dont stretch". Which isn't true and when I expressed that he didn't even acknowledge my response. There are multiple factors that contribute to muscle tightness which can persist despite stretching. But seems like he knows for a fact I don't stretch so it doesnt matter. Overall they made me feel like I didn't matter. I left a message with the front desk to discuss this directly with the doctor but its been 3 days and I haven't heard back.
Dr El Ghazaar is an excellent doctor. He treated my daughter when she fractured her forearm. He is very easy and open to talk with. I highly recommend him His office staff seem to care about the patients more so than other doctors' staff I have seen. They are mature, humble, and highly professional. They always offer water while we were waiting to be seen by the doctor. It was a pleasant surprise to come across such a friendly staff. In most doctors' offices I have been, the staff seem to be highly unprofessional and immature.
Dr El-Gazzar treated my 12 year old when she fractured her forearm. He took her when we had no appointment with him. He was very patient with her. I like his staff. They are wonderful and friendly. I rarely find friendly staff in other doctors or dentists' offices.I have been to.
Very excellent experince.
Very helpful and knowledgeable in the condition I needed to be treated.
The staff was super great and friendly and attended me right away. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Doctor El-Gazzar is thorough, professional, and recommends conservative courses of treatment, ensuring a full and thorough recovery. The only complaint is his office can tend to get very busy and wait times can suffer. But that may be the cost of a doctor that many people want to see!
Dr was very thorough, very nice. I feel confident he will help me.
It was great. He didn't treat me as a big person but tree issue n I appreciate that. Will gladly go again.
Great doctor - very knowledgeable, great patient care. I wish all of my doctors were as good as Dr. El-Gazzar.
While the doctor was quick to recognize what I thought was a ligament pull was likely a stress fracture, I would recommend finding another doctor. I am not sure whether it is a case of him chronically overbooking patients, but I had to wait at least 45 minutes to see the doctor in each of my 3 appts. And once I did see him he rushed through the visit and I left without all of my concerns addressed. Finally, on my last appt he directed me move to limited weight bearing from non-weight bearing on my crutches despite the fact swelling in the area had not yet dissipated, and set my recovery back even further. Thankfully, I am now making progress on my healing with my new doctor, who has me on a conservative regime and actually takes time to sepak with me and do a physical exam at my checkups.
Dr. El- Gazzar was thorough and to the point with my mother's situation. He gave us all the information and possibilities before even talking about a surgery. For his area of expertise and specialty, I recommend him 1000%!
Dr El Gazzar is kind, caring, and has your best interests at heart!! Very professional, knowledgeable in letting you know what's going on with your body and helps to the best of his ability. He saved me from having an unnecessary surgery done on my right knee, and has a treatment plan. He Is the best physician I have ever met!!!!
Dr. El-Gazzar was very polite and precise. I Was very impressed by the organization of the practice. The office staff were all professional and courteous.
We had been made to wait for 3 hours for booking through ZocDoc and the doctor was s harsh and rude, not patient friendly. he was treating 3 patients in parallel in 3 different rooms at same time. Even in between consultation he made us wait for 15 minutes when we were half way and when we were about to ask questions.
Very thorough and worth the wait time.
Over a two hour wait for an average experience. I would not recommend and will not be back. Hopefully others will have a better experience.
He is a very good doctor with good bedside manner but some of his office staff (admins) are rude. The wait time is always a problem (seems excessive to me - always 40 mins or more) and the front desk does not advise patients of the timing delays - they just let you sit in the waiting area over an hour without any word. If you do approach and ask about about the time issue - good luck! My advice - if you are out of work or have the time to wait - make an appointment and try him out. If you work like myself and have time constraints - look around for another doctor.
We went to doctor for my 5 year daughter's elbow fracture. We had x-rays from emergencies, he said i'll have my x-rays. We said OK. We were there almost 4 hours and this is very awful when after all this treatment doctor says...I don't see child patient under 10 years and referred to someone else.
My visit was extremely fast and on point from the moment I walked into their office. A very clean and well maintained office too. I checked in with reception they were kind and friendly. I was asked to sit and wait to be called which was not even 2 minutes later. I was brought back to one of the patient rooms. I had visited Dr. El-Gazzar walked in rather qucikly to my surprise once again. He had previously gave me a referral for a MRI which I had received and was there on this visit to review the results and see what options were available to me. Dr. El-Gazzar remembered me and a was super friendly and charismatic as he was the first visit. He showed me on the computer the results of MRI and explained in detail that I have a chronic tear in my right lateral meniscus. He then showed me a model of a knee and basically showed me exactly what was going on inside my knee. My options he said were to do surgery and would heal but suggested Physical Therapy as the first option for 6-8 weeks and then if doesn't heal I can move forward with the surgery which he explained very comforting that it would be a small procedure and I would be able to move around essentially pretty quickly. I had a lot of questions and he took the time with me to answer all of them which I appreciate the thoroughness. He referred a physical therapist and I was on my way. Super efficient I love that. I look forward to the next visit with Dr. Yaser El- Gazzar!
I thought it was a great first visit. This practice had everything I needed - X-ray, MRI- all in the same building. The staff was friendly and professional. I'll be able to say more often more visits but it was a great start.
Very knowledgeable and provides practical advice and recommendations. Took the time to explain the diagnosis, short term and long term treatment options. Did not feel rushed at all. Office is nice and clean and staff are friendly. Parking is available out back (at Grand St. location). Did not have any issues with scheduling an appointment through ZocDoc. Received a confirmation email and also a call from the office confirming my appointment. I plan to go back again.
This doctor is really top notch. Always get seen right away and everything is handled thoroughly and completely in very clear language. I never leave this office confused about anything.
I had a great experience with Dr. El-Gazzar. He was attentive, asked me what the problem was and diagnosed me. He even checked out another concern I had without rushing me. It was simple, quick, easy and a friendly experience from start to finish. I would absolutely go back.
It seemed like no one knew what was going on in this office. i was there for over three hours. I told them the hospital said my ankle was fractured and they put a boot on it and told me to walk on it! It was a really terrible visit. They asked about the injury, then another time i had to reexplain the whole thing. They kept stating the wrong foot and I really felt unsure of the diagnosis.
My experience... I went for a knee check-up. Entrusting the doctor and medical staff, I assumed all necessary proceedings will be qualified as 'In-Network'. I was prescribed an MRI test, with the lab location circled on the prescription. I went for the MRI at the location indicated on the prescription. Upon receiving the medical bill months later, I realized that the MRI lab was 'Out-of-Network'. Though it is also my responsibility as a consumer to check if the locations are indeed 'In-Network', as a trusting patient I assumed this would have been prioritized by the staff. Lesson learned: Always Double-Check! On another occasion, I was not properly alerted by the staff of the arrival of a custom knee brace ordered for me. I had to reach out to inquire rather than being notified.
This is a very busy office. A hallmark of an excellent practitioner. As a result, Dr. El-Gazzar and his team are very efficient. Check-in and check-out is simple and includes the usual paperwork. The office is neat and tidy although reminiscent of a hospital. The staff appears to be caring. As a clinician, Dr. El-Gazzar is professional, knowledgable, and informative. He has excellent bedside manner and his nurses appear to as well. He is clearly very busy so he bypasses small talk (something I appreciate). Nevertheless, his assessment felt thorough and his explanation of my course of treatment was easy to understand. I would recommend Dr. El-Gazzar without reservation!
In my first visit i had to wait for at least 3 hours from the appointment time i received. I booked the appointment online viz ZocDoc and while booking my second appointment via doctor's office i got to know that information on ZocDoc is probably not fully updated and i should not book an appointment from there. May be that's why the wait time of 3 hrs. Although, i must tell you the real reason for writing this review, when i called to book my second appointment, after a long discussion i got an appointment with my Dr. Yaser's associate, which is alright looking at the less severity of my case, but when i reached next day according to my appointment at the facility it was booked for i was told that my appointment is some other day at some other time at some other facility. I was totally shocked and then the woman at the window asked me to come later the same day again. To which i said "I am sorry, after such a blunder on appointment by front desk i do not trust them anymore and can't waste my time booking any more appointments at this facility with anyone" So i am not going back. But i do want to mention that this should not affect my appreciation for Dr. Yaser himself, he was very very good , he first of all apologized for making me wait so much, smiling all the way during the diagnosis, comfortable to answer all my questions however stupid they were, gave full attention and time as much i needed to understand the process of getting a brace, physiotherapy or MRI and their sequences which was difficult to digest all at the moment. So 5 stars to Doctor but 0 to his front desk administration, coz of them i lost a good doctor.
Emotional but comforting
Great turn-around time, from signing in - to the examination room - to next steps and follow-ups.
they don't update their zocdoc so check your appointments via phone
It took a long time, but they were thorough. They sent me for tests also, which took time and it would have been good to know that in advance because if I hadn't had time to stay then the visit would have been a bust. Very convenient, actually, to have an imaging place right in the building and they were very responsive also. Dr. Morales, who was subbing in for Dr. El-Gazzar, was very personable and finally gave me an answer and a solution to a vexing medical problem after I had looked for answers elsewhere. I finally know what kind of doctor to see now for my issue.
Very courteous and helpful. Dr. El-Gazzar is truly a gifted Dr and his staff is a pleasure every time.
Dr El-Gazzar and his staff were extremely friendly and professional. They took their time with me and answered all my questions.
I think is the best experience I have had with Doctors appoiments. very friendly staff, they do everything to give the care taht you need. Dr. El-Gazzar is just.Awesome. I guess now they are stuck with me. lol. their fault for being so nice. PEACE BE UPON THEM.
Highly recommendable. I am revisiting the doc incase required.
Dr. El-Gaszzar is a very skilled surgeon with excellent communication skills. He is very caring and warm towards his patients and staff and overall, puts his patients first. He was able to perform surgery on my elbow and get me back on my feet very quickly. He has an excellent reputation with the staff at the hospitals he performs surgery and his follow up is second to none. I highly recommend Dr. El-Gazzar to anyone in need of an excellent Orthopedic surgeon.
was really great
Very thorough. Excellent bedside manner with my son
Pleasant and informative.
Dr. El-Gazzar is very pleasant, takes his time and is thorough. No rush at all. Which probably explains the long wait time (plus it was on a Saturday before the holidays), and while waiting for over an hour wasn't great, the actual X-ray taking/diagnosis/consultation was excellent, and he tried to make a very good point of conveying background information as to "why" and "how" he recommended a treatment. And it isn't trigger-happy for un-needed surgery, which is great. I'd definitely go there again and would recommend him despite the long wait time. It was worth it for me.
He was a very compassionate and informative doctor. Very lovely staff, and great attitude.
He was very personal and professional. He even bought me lunch. Highly recommended!
The most talented surgeon in the industry. He rebuilt my shoulder and gave me my life back!
Very professional and informative.
Dr. El-Gazzar is extremely professional and very down to earth. He truly understands how to integrate healthcare with modern technology. He is very understanding of how it feels to be a patient and treats his patients very respectfully. His manner of explaining what is wrong with a patient is very easy to comprehend. I am looking forward to seeing him again.