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Youssef El-Bitar, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery

About

Dr. El Bitar is a Clinical Assistant Professor at SIU School of Medicine. He joined SIU in 2015 after completing extensive training in orthopedic surgery. He provides a holistic approach in orthopedic patient care taking into consideration each patient’s circumstances, occupation, background, lifestyle and family. His scope of practice involves all aspects of orthopedics, with a special interest in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, knee and hip.

Originally from Lebanon, he attended the American University of Beirut for his undergraduate degree in Biology. He then completed medical school at the American University of Beirut School of Medicine. He completed his post-graduate training in orthopedic surgery at the American University of Beirut School of Medicine and Medical Center. He moved to the US in 2011 and completed a total of 4 fellowships: Adult Reconstruction at SIU, Hip Preservation and Arthroscopy at the American Hip Institute in Chicago, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine at SIU, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the University of Iowa.

Dr. El Bitar is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has been very active in research and scholarly activities with numerous publications, podium presentations, posters and exhibits, both nationally and internationally.

Education

Medical School: 
The American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Residency: 
The American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Fellowship: 
SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL - Spine and Adult Reconstruction, The American Hip Institute Hip Preservation, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA - Sports Medicine