Eyewitness Gaza: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Medical and Humanitarian Crisis In Gaza

April 11, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Justice for Palestine Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council has invited Dr. Elfar to share his personal images and story of his time treating wounded Palestinians in Gaza.

Dr. Elfar was Born in Egypt. He earned his MD and Master’s degrees from Suez Canal University. He also completed a surgical residency training and became licensed as a General Surgeon in Egypt.

To further his education, Dr. Elfar came to the United States. After finishing his Licensing Exam, he started his career as a research fellow at the department of Plastic Surgery at the University of California-Irvine. Following that, he moved to Texas for Burn and Critical Care fellowship at the Shriner hospital at UTMB. He then went to Methodist-Cornell for General Surgery residency.

After residency, he moved to upstate NY to start his practice as a General Surgeon. Dr. Elfar then, came to SYNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY as director of Clark Burn Center, then moved to Cooper University Hospital of Rowan university in NJ for plastic surgery training. 

After training, Dr. Elfar moved back to NY at Garnet health and SUNY Upstate as plastic Surgeon.

Throughout his extensive career, Dr. Elfar has held various key positions. Notably, he served as the director of the Clark Burn Center, director of the Skin Bank, and director of the Surgical Clinics at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He also was member of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Applicants- NY Chapter, member of the Ethics Committee of the American Burn Association and an ABLS national faculty.

In addition to Plastic Surgery, Dr. Elfar is also boarded in both General Surgery, and Surgical Critical care/Trauma and he is a member of several medical societies including; the American College of Surgeons, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Medical Association.

Currently, Dr. Elfar is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse NY, and an adjunct professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in NY. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.