Maher El Chaar


Maher El Chaar, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. El Chaar completed his undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut in 1997; he then earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut school of medicine in 2001. After completing his studies he traveled to the US and completed a surgical internship at Drexel University in Philadelphia where he was elected as surgical intern of the year. After his internship he finished his surgical training at St Luke’s University Hospital in Pennsylvania and graduated in 2009, during his training Dr. El Chaar was awarded the resident of the year award two years in a row. He then completed a fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive surgery at the University of North Carolina-Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. El Chaar also completed a two year research fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell University. He also served as a faculty at Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina for one year before being recruited back to St Luke’s University to start the weight loss center. Under his leadership, the weight loss center at St Luke’s University have become one of the premier centers in the US and currently employs around 60 people in 5 offices across two states. He has also spearheaded the robotic program and St Luke’s University is now one of few centers in the US performing robotic bariatric procedures. Dr. El Chaar is well published with close to 100 abstracts, videos and peer reviewed manuscripts. He is also the author of a best seller “Dr. E’s guide to weight loss surgery…the weight is over”. He was nominated as America’s Top Surgeons and recently awarded the national obesity PAC award for patient advocacy which was awarded to him in the Musical Hall of Fame in Nashville Tennessee. He serves as the co-chair of the foregut committee of the ASMBS and also serves on the clinical issues and access to care committees at the ASMBS. He currently serves as the co-medical director of bariatric surgery and the fellowship director of bariatric surgery at St Luke’s University and lives with his wife and three kids in Pennsylvania.

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