Mostafa El Dafrawy

Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery | More

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

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Orthopaedic surgeon Mostafa El Dafrawy, MBBCh, provides comprehensive spine care to patients with a wide range of spine conditions. Dr. El Dafrawy specializes in complex spinal deformities, spine trauma, degenerative disorders of the cervical and thoraco-lumbar spine, and spinal tumors.

With his expertise in revision spine surgery and spinal reconstruction, Dr. El Dafrawy enhances the lives of his patients by restoring mobility and reducing back pain. He is thrilled to be able to offer spine deformity surgeries and revision surgeries for patients who had a failed back surgery or developed flat back syndrome.

As a physician-scientist, Dr. El Dafrawy is also committed to using basic, clinical and transitional research to investigate novel therapies for spine patients to improve their overall quality of life. His research interests include: adult degenerative scoliosis, kyphoscoliosis and flat back deformities as well as spine tumors, particularly the treatment and management of metastatic spine disease. He has authored numerous research publications and book chapters, and his work has been published in highly respected, peer-reviewed journals, such as Spine, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Spine Deformity, Journal of Neurosurgery Spine and Orthopedics.

Dr. El Dafrawy cares for patients at the University of Chicago Medicine locations at Hyde Park.

Areas of Expertise

  • Spinal Trauma
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spine Tumors
  • Revision Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Scoliosis

Medical Education

  • Faculty of Medicine Cairo University


  • Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • North American Spine Society
  • AO North America
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Maryland Orthopaedic Association
  • Egyptian Medical Syndicate
  • Egyptian Orthopaedic Association
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Hibbs Award for Best Clinical Paper, Scoliosis Research Society 46th Annual Meeting (SRS) September 2011
  • 2nd best Clinical Paper Presentation at The American College of Spine Surgery Annual Meeting (ACSS) June 2011
  • Graduated with highest honors Summa Cum Laude, ranked 12 out of 1700 students
  • Dean's Recognition for Academic Excellence in June 2004
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2005

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • German