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Dr. Elgafy is an orthopedic fellowship trained spine surgeon serving patients in southern Michigan and northwest Ohio. He specializes in comprehensive surgical care of the spine in adults and children.

Dr. Elgafy is board certified in orthopedic surgery, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. In 2019 he completed a masters degree in business administration from the University of Toledo expanding his knowledge in management.  

He joined the faculty of the University of Toledo in 2006, and currently holds the position of tenured Professor of Orthopedics and Chief of Spine. 

Dr. Elgafy completed one year of advanced spine surgery training at the University of Washington, Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, WA in 2006. Previous to that he completed his residency in Orthopedics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and obtained his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.

He is committed to providing outstanding patient care, patient satisfaction and education. His philosophy is: conservative spine care should always be tried first before considering surgical management. For that reason he works in coordination with the rehabilitation medicine and pain specialist teams to give the patients the best conservative management first. 

He believes in understanding the patient’s own circumstances including lifestyle, work and leisure activities and in presenting the facts and the different options for managing the patient’s problem,  involving the patient and his family in the decision making process.  


His spine practice covers cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine pathologies such as degenerative spine, deformities including scoliosis, infection, tumors, and fractures. His surgical techniques range from spine microsurgery to complex multilevel spine revision surgeries.  In particular he developed a special interest in revision surgery for patients who had previous failed spine surgeries. 

Education & Training

MD with honors, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt 1985

Master of Trauma and Orthopedics, Ain Shams University 1989

Fellowship Royal College of Surgeon Edinburgh, United Kingdom 1996

Fellowship Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada  2005

Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery  2008

Recertification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery  2017

Master of Business Administration, University of Toledo, OH 2019


Residency, Orthopedic Surgery,

Ain Shams University,

Cairo, Egypt


Residency, Orthopedic Surgery,

West Birmingham and Sandwell NHS Trust,

United Kingdom 


Residency, Orthopedic Surgery,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 


Fellowship, Spine Surgery,

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Research Publications

Manuscripts  published in peer review journals, 76

Podium Presentations National and International Conferences, 47 

Poster Presentations National and International Conferences, 53
Book Chapters, 11
Research Grants, 8

Dr. Elgafy is glad that one of his published papers helped in Brazil over 4000  miles from Toledo Ohio








Awards and Recognition

Pacemaker Award 2020

      College of Business and Innovation, University of Toledo 

 In recognition of accomplishments and services to the college and community

Best of the Best paper in BritSpine 2021

United Kingdom

Fibular Allograft as a Salvage Option in Revision Pedicle Screw Fixation,  a technique developed by Dr. Elgafy 

Good Catch Award 2023

University of Toledo Medical Center

For Efforts Helped to Prevent Adverse Event

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