Elissar Zeineddine,


Physician Assistant

Dr. Elissar Zeineddine

In his novel, ‘The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,’ Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote: ‘History repeats, but science reverberates.’ Every day, new advancements are made that will help us ensure that our patients receive the best care available, and it’s a privilege to get to improve their qualities of life.

City of Hope Chicago
2520 Elisha Avenue
Zion, IL 60099
Physician Assistants
Advanced degrees:

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies - Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, IL


Certified Physician Assistant – National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

Advanced Cardiac Life Support – American Heart Association

Basic Life Support – American Heart Association

About Me

Elissar Zeineddine, PA-C, joined City of Hope® in September 2023 as a Physician Assistant with the surgical oncology team, helping to prepare and educate patients as they transition through pre- and post-operative care, primarily working at City of Hope Cancer Center Chicago.

Zeineddine was first inspired to pursue a career in medicine when she observed an operation at City of Hope, so she was thrilled by the opportunity to join City of Hope team after becoming a certified Physician Assistant.

“Being back at City of Hope following my studies marks a full-circle journey for which I am forever grateful,” Zeineddine says.

While completing her Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Florida, Zeineddine served as a volunteer emergency medical technician for UF’s Gator Emergency Response Unit, a student-run, 24-hour EMS department. After graduating from UF, she interned with an integrative medicine practice in Gainesville before working as a Critical Care Technician at Shands Hospital Emergency Department at the University of Florida.

Zeineddine earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois, in June 2023, and got her license to practice in Illinois in July 2023. She completed clinical rotations in a variety of areas, including general surgery, internal medicine, and cardiology.

Outside of City of Hope, Zeineddine is an avid fitness lover, prioritizing staying active because she believes that exercise “nourishes the body and soul.”

Zeineddine also enjoys cooking, sewing, and Levantine folk dance, and even founded a Dabke folk dance team at UF. She also enjoys spending her free time with her twin brother and loving parents.

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