Adel El-Ghazzawy, MD, FACS

Adel El-Ghazzawy, MD, FACS is a board-certified general surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons who has practiced at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington since 2001. Dr. El-Ghazzawy specializes in minimally invasive surgeries using advanced laparoscopic and robotic techniques. He and Dr. Eiji Minami have pioneered robotic general surgery in the Puget Sound area. Dr. El-Ghazzawy has also held several leadership positions at Overlake Hospital which include Trauma Medical Director, Credentials Committee Chair, Chair of Surgery, and Member of the Medical Executive Committee.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and he is married with three children. He and his family enjoy travel, watersports, and experimenting in the kitchen. He is also fluent in Spanish.

  • St. Louis University Hospital, St. Loius, MO – General Surgery, 1992-1997
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS – Doctor of Medicine, 1988-1992
  •  Washington University, St. Louis, MO – Bachelor of Science — Biology & History, 1984-1988
  • Trained and Certified Console Surgeon on da Vinci® Single-Site™, Intuitive Surgical®, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Trained and Certified Console Surgeon on da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System and EndoWrist®,  Intuitive Surgical®, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Attending General Surgeon, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, WA
  • Trauma Medical Director, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, WA
  • Credentials Committee Chair, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue, WA
  • Attending General Surgeon, St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, NM
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of New Mexico,
    Albuquerque, NM
  • American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Washington State Medical Society
  • King County Medical Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Voted Top Doc 2013-2020

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“I highly recommend Dr. El-Ghazzawy for your surgical needs. Dr. El-Ghazzawy was recommended to me by my primary care doctor of 35 years and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Dr. El-Ghazzawy and his entire staff were very professional and caring. He explained my hernia issue and how it would be repaired in great detail and took all the time needed to answer my questions and concerns. On my post-op visit he showed concern for my overall health by recommending weight loss to the unhealthy fat he found during surgery. You would be well served by selecting Dr. El-Ghazzawy for your surgical procedures.“
“Dr El-Ghazzawy did a hernia repair on my left side I am happy with the results, I move around good in a few days. The openings are small which make it easier on the pain, much better than an open procedure. Which I had that done a few years ago. I would highly recommend Dr. El-Ghazzawy.“
“Dr. El-Ghazzawy completed a bilateral hernia repair for me with excellent results. His team was helpful, courteous and well organized. I had some unusual circumstances and he took the time to understand and then help me successfully prepare for my needs. I highly recommend this surgeon!“
“Dr. El-Ghazzawy exudes a calm, mindful, and caring presence. He and his expert team disarmed my anxiety on the day of surgery, and made me feel comfortable with trusting my health to them. I am so grateful to them for the care I received and the way they prepared me for recovery. The surgery was successful, the scarring is minimal, and I feel healthy again. Thank you. “
“I highly recommend Dr. El-Ghazzawy, his entire staff as well as the surgery center! Everyone that I encountered during my pre-op, actual surgery and post-op were second to none! The personal care and individual attention that I have received have made me feel very comfortable. The staff and Dr. E are very attentive to my recovery and any surrounding issues.“
“ I have received excellent care from Dr. El-Ghazzawy. He took the time to explain my surgery and treatment with clarity and precision. He has answered all my questions. It is obvious his staff as well as surgical staff like him and are pleased to work with him. My surgery and recovery have gone well. I strongly recommend him. “
“Thank you Dr. El-Ghazzawy for an excellent surgical experience. From the initial consultation, the day of the procedure, to the post follow-up visit it was a very comfortable process. “
“Dr. El-Ghazzawy and his team provided me with excellent care, before, during and after my recent hernia operation. His support staff is both friendly and professional. Dr. El-Ghazzawy took the time to explain the procedure, the estimated recovery time, and any possible complications. He even took the time to personally contact me after the operation to see how I was doing prior to my follow-up appointment. My post-surgery recovery has been speedy and I’m already back to my normal routine. Thank you Dr. El-Ghazzawy for everything. “
“ WONDERFUL!!!————-Dr. El Ghazzawy is a true professional!! He CARES about his patients, has wonderful bedside manner, and is easy to talk to. He did my surgery, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone!! He’s a gem!“
“ I was referred to Dr. El-Ghazzawy by my primary care physician based on the results of a CT scan. Dr. El-Ghazzawy reviewed my test results prior to my appointment and was prepared to discuss with me what could be done surgically. Since this was my very first surgery at 73, I was a bit apprehensive. Dr. El-Ghazzawy took the time to answer my questions and address my concerns. I decided to be proactive and have the surgery done as soon as possible. I met with Dr. El-Ghazzawy on the morning of surgery. He asked if there were any changes he needed to be aware of. He again went over what he would be doing and about how long it would take. During surgery, he found I had an existing umbilical hernia that he repaired. After the surgery was over, Dr. El-Ghazzawy took the time to call my wife and explained to her that the surgery went well, and I could go home in an hour or so. At my checkup appointment, Dr. El-Ghazzawy, had my pathology results and pictures of the surgery waiting for me. The pictures were kind of neat to look at! He said if I had any issues or questions during recovery, do not hesitate to call his office. I found the office staff to be very professional and courteous. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. El-Ghazzawy. “
“I had great experience with Dr. El-Ghazzawy. This was my first real surgery in my life (65 years) and Dr. El-Ghazzawy with his very calm demeanor helped me to understand what to expect in advance. He was very thorough in doing a full work up on my condition ahead of the surgery including scans and a visit to another specialist that he initiated. He took every precaution ahead of the procedure…considered and planned for what could potentially go wrong and prepared me for it. The surgery itself was a success, minimally invasive and the other professionals he teamed up with at Overlake Hospital made it a very good experience with surprisingly minimal pain and discomfort. His follow up post surgery was also very good as he referred me to an additional specialist to pursue next steps with my condition.“
“ I had a terrific experience with Dr. El-Ghazzawy for bi-lateral hernia. He’s highly professional, experienced, and personable, too. I had excellent results. I’m a professor at UW. I’ve been around many top people. From my perspective, this guy is good! “
“I recently experienced my first real surgery for a hiatal hernia. Dr. El-Ghazzawy and his staff put me at ease the minute I entered their office area. He spent time making sure I understood what the surgery entailed and what the healing time would require. The surgery went well; I am recovering quickly and am so thankful for the caring, supportive office support and nurses that so enjoy working for such a professional surgeon who honestly cares about his patients. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. El-Ghazzawy! “
“Dr. El-Ghazzawy repaired my inguinal hernias and my recovery was speedy and uneventful. Dr. El-Ghazzawy not only is a magnificent surgeon, but he also has that not-often-seen kind of human quality and exceptionally comforting bedside manner physicians displayed in the past. Additionally, Dr. El-Ghazzawy encourages and practices the often-ignored-art of hand cleaning and hand washing. One of the reasons I delayed for about fourteen years the inguinal repair surgery was fear of infection, but Dr. El-Ghazzawy firmly believes in: Do No Harm: Clean Your Hands.“
“Dr. El-Ghazzaway and his entire team are extremely professional, patient and caring. His reassurances that the dramatic stories I had been told by “friends” about problems with their hernia surgeries (other doctors) were very unusual turned out to be true. My surgery turned out to be quick and trouble free. I highly recommend Dr. El-Ghazzaway and his team.“
“I am so relieved to have a glimmer of hope what the impacts of my hiatial hearnia are having. With most of my stomach in my chest area for two months, and Dr El-Ghazzawy’s drawings and explanations that grew in depth and detail were just what I needed to make sense of what is going on and know what is the right thing to do about it. Dr. El-Ghazzawy helped me understand the facts of the danger of my condition and it was such a blessing to feel scientifically and wholistically validated for why I feel so weak and delapidated and know that it will get better. Looking forward to Scuba Diving again. Thanks Dr.“
“ Besides being very professional, everyone at the office was friendly and on top of their job. Dr El-Ghazzawy did not keep me waiting very long at all. He explained everything to me clearly. Yet what was most impressive to me was that he took his time with me. I was a human having a conversation with another human. It was so nice to have a doctor spend some time with you and to not feel like another cog in the machine. Not like other traditional western medicine doctors I have seen. I highly recommend Dr. El-Ghazzawy.“
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