Zvi Yosipovitch

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Born (1930-11-02) November 2, 1930 (age 92)
DiedOctober 24, 2020(2020-10-24) (aged 89)
Spouse(s)Shifra Yosipovitch

Professor Zvi Hero Yosipovitch (November 2, 1930 - October 24, 2020) Professor Yosipovitch, one of Israel's top Orthopedic surgeons, was a leading international authority in orthopedic treatment of Gaucher disease[1] and leprosy. Professor Yosipovitch was also an expert in surgeries of children with cerebral palsy.

Life and Career

Professor Yosipovitch was born in Roman, Romania in 1930 and immigrated to Israel with his parents in 1949. In his first years in Israel he lived in tents and huts in a transit camp. While living there, Professor Yosipovitch studied medicine and worked odd jobs to support himself and his elderly parents.

Professor Yosipovitch graduated with honors from medical school and did an internship at Hadassah Hospital. After completing his military service as a medical officer in combat engineering, he did his residency in the orthopedic department at Hadassah Ein Kerem. In 1966, Professor Yosipovitch went to the Orthopedic Department at Harvard affiliated Mass General Hospital in Boston for his fellowship to do research with the department's director, Melvin Glimcher. Most of his research was focused on understanding the mechanisms of Avascular necrosis.[2]

After returning to Israel in 1969, Professor Yosipovitch joined the orthopedic department at Hadassah Ein Kerem as a senior physician.[3] In 1976 he was appointed as the director of orthopedic service at ALYN Hospital.[4] In 1978, Professor Yosipovitch received the Kappa Delta award,[5] a prestigious prize by the American Academy of Orthopedics, for his research on necrosis of the femur. Professor Yosipovitch chaired the orthopedic department at Beilinson Hospital from 1980 to 1995, and later served as the head of the Department of Orthopedics at Tel Aviv University.[6]

Personal Life

Professor Yosipovitch was married to Shifra Yosipovitch for 63 years, and with her had two children, Dr. Orit Rozenman and Professor Gil Yosipovitch.[7]


  1. Yosipovitch, Zvi (September 1994). "Aminohydroxy Propylidene Bisphosphonate (APD) Treatment Improves the Clinical Skeletal Manifestations of Gaucher's Disease". Pediatrics. 94 (3): 385–389.
  2. Yosipovitch, Zvi (June 1972). "Articular Chondrocalcinosis, Hydroxyapatite Deposition Disease, in Adult Mature Rabbits". Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 54 (4): 841–853.
  3. Yosipovitch, Zvi (October 1967). "Alterations in Blood Pressure During Leg-Lengthening". The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 49 (7): 1352–1358.
  4. Makin, Myer. "Congenital Dislocation of the Hip". Papers Presented at a Symposium Organized by the Hadassah and Alyn Hospitals, 15 to 17 October 1979, Jerusalem. Israel Medical Association. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  5. "Kappa Delta and Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation Award History" (PDF).
  6. Yosipovitch, Zvi (September 1992). "Open Reduction of Acetabular Fracture in Pregnancy. A Case Report". Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 282: 229–232. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  7. "Gil Yosipovitch". Prabook. Retrieved 28 October 2020.

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