John C. Elfar, M.D.

John C. Elfar, M.D.

Contact Information

Clinton Crossings
4901 Lac De Ville Blvd, Bldg D
Rochester, NY 14618

Appointment: (585) 275-5321

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Patient Care Bio

Dr. Elfar specializes in the treatment of sports and hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder problems for patients of all ages. His clinical interests include all aspects of upper extremity trauma and reconstruction as well as injuries in the competitive and recreational athlete. He has special expertise in arthroscopy including the arthroscopic treatment of hand and upper extremity problems including the rotator cuff of the shoulder and elbow. He also has special expertise in joint reconstructive and salvage procedures for the hand, wrist, shoulder, and elbow including joint replacements, peripheral nerve surgery, and vascular surgery.

Dr. Elfar is a graduate of both Johns Hopkins University (Double Bachelors Degrees) and Harvard Medical School (Medical Doctorate). His Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training was with URMC Orthopaedics. Then, he completed an Advanced Upper Extremity Trauma Fellowship with the AO International. He also completed advanced fellowship training in Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity, including shoulder and elbow reconstruction at the Cincinnati Hand Surgery Center. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and holds Dual Certificates of Added Qualification in Sports and Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Dr. Elfar joined URMC Orthopaedics as an Assistant Professor specializing in hand, wrist, shoulder, and elbow surgery in 2008.

If surgery is required, Dr. Elfar uses multiple surgery centers and can accommodate most patient needs using outpatient surgical procedures when possible.

Awards & Honors (National)

ASSH Hand Surgeon Scientist Award - NIH K Award 5 Year Support | American Society for Surgery of the Hand AFSH/PSF 2013 - 2018
American Orthopaedic Association North American Traveling Fellowship | American Orthopaedic Association 2011
25 Sports Medicine Physicians Honored-American Orthopaedic Society / North American Traveling Fellowship 2011 - 2011
Emerging Leader - American Orthopaedic Association | American Orthopaedic Association 2008 - Present
Young Leader - American Society for Surgery of the Hand | American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2008 - Present
Resident Leader Program (Zimmer- American Orthopaedic Association) | American Orthopaedic Association 2007

Awards & Honors (Local)

Julian Bruner Award American Society for Surgery of the Hand | American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2009
Kenneth E DeHaven Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research | Plato Schwartz Lectureship-Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery | University of Rochester Medical Center 2007
Clinician Scientist Training Program | American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2007
Efforts in Diversity Award | Harvard Medical School 2002
National Research Service Award | NIH 2000
Traveling Fellowship | Society for Neuroscience 1999 - 2000
Richard Allen Williams Fellowship | American Board of Cardiology 1998
Research Fellowship | DuPont Merck Harvard Medical School 1998
Academic All American | USA TODAY 1996
Medical Scientist Training Program Award Recipient 1996 - 1999
Faculty for the Future Fellowship | General Electric Foundation 1995 - 1996
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Fellowship (declined) 1995
The John Hopkins University Biomedical Engineering Research Award 1995
National Torchbearer Award | NSBE 1995 - 1996
Whitaker Foundation Undergraduate Fellowship 1995
Baylor College of Medicine/Rice University Premedical Academy | MMEP 1995
OMSA Academic Honor Award | John Hopkins University 1992 - 1996

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary


Surgery of the Hand - American Board of Surgery
Sports Medicine - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Surgery


MD | Harvard Medical School2002
Bachelor's Degree | Biomedical Engineering | Johns Hopkins University1996
Bachelor's Degree | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Johns Hopkins University1996

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Hand Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital07/01/2007 - 07/31/2008
Fellowship in Orthopaedics at Massachusetts General Hospital10/01/2006 - 11/01/2006
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry06/26/2003 - 06/25/2007
Internship in General Surgery at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry06/25/2002 - 06/30/2003