Dr. Alghafeer received his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in Damascus, Syria, where he also completed an internship in internal medicine. He then completed a second internship in internal medicine at Temple University, Frankford Hospital, in Philadelphia. He performed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester, Unity Health System, before completing a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Why I chose to specialize in Rheumatology . . .
The field is extremely complex, and I find it both intellectually challenging and personally rewarding. Rheumatological diseases tend to be multi-systemic diseases, often involving multiple organs. The various conditions can be debilitating and accompanied by a lot of pain. Providing the correct diagnosis and appropriate care can make a huge difference in the patient’s quality of life.
On working with Team MOI . . .
The rheumatologists at MOI work side by side with the orthopaedists to provide the best possible care for patients with severe arthritic problems. Sometimes joint replacement is the best solution for patients who have exhausted non-surgical options. On the other hand, an orthopaedist may send a patient with severe joint inflammation to a rheumatologist. Together, we provide complete care.
On patient care . . .
Patient care is always my first concern. I treat my patients as I would a family member, and I do everything I can to provide them with information about their disease and the management of their long-term care. The better the patient understands their condition, the better they are able to comply with my recommendations and instructions.
Sometimes the medications we use have significant side effects that the patients have to be aware of. Lab monitoring is essential, and patients have to follow precautions and instructions to avoid complications. That’s why I make sure patients get all the time they need to ask questions.
When I’m not practicing medicine . . .
My wife and I spend as much time as we can with our children. We particularly enjoy swimming and watching movies together. And I like to get out for a jog whenever I can.