Dr. Ronald Israelski

Born of Holocaust survivors in New York City, Dr. Israelski completed medical school, his surgical internship and orthopaedic surgical residency through New York Medical College. His clinical rotations were through Westchester Medical Center, Lincoln Hospital, Sloan-Kettering, and Metropolitan Hospitals. After residency, he completed a hand surgery/micro-vascular fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he remains Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Israelski is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and a member of numerous state and national medical societies. In addition to his faculty appointment at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Israelski is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Touro College of Medicine (TOUROCOM). Dr. Israelski was Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Orange Regional Medical Center for almost a decade and founded and was medical director of the Orange Regional Medical Center Bone and Joint Center, which increased orthopaedic inpatient caseload by 600% to 700% and markedly decreased outward migration for orthopaedic cases in the Orange County Region. Dr. Israelski has served for years on the Medical Executive Committee, ER, OR, and other committees throughout the hospital over the course of his career.

Dr. Israelski is currently Director of Medical Education and DIO (Designated Institute Officer) at Orange Regional Medical Center. He was also the leading force in bringing a medical school to Orange County, as well as 6 residency programs to Orange Regional Medical Center. In addition to medical student and resident physician training, he also runs a large regional CME (Continual Medical Education) program to continue the life long process of educating regional physicians who have completed their medical training. This project will improve the local poor health indicators, provide a huge economic impact to the region, and provide for educational opportunities not available in the Hudson Valley. Dr. Israelski is committed to programmatic development to increase medical delivery systems to under-served and neglected areas in the Hudson Valley.

In addition to being a hand/micro vascular surgeon and leader in medical education, Dr. Israelski’s other passion, is to work to help improve medical delivery to the population of the Port-au-Prince, Haiti area. One of Dr. Israelski’s greatest passions is to help build back orthopaedic clinical and educational services for HUEH (Hospital de l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti). This is the largest and only university hospital in Haiti serving the majority poor and yet receiving a minority of funding. Dr. Israelski has been back to Haiti over 20 times, deploying surgical and educational teams to work with the residents at the state hospital. He is working to bring a program to develop infrastructure for orthopaedic services, including donations of well over a million dollars worth of equipment, x-ray, ultrasound, anesthesia machines, respirators, sterilizers, etc. Dr. Israelski recently delivered an O.R. X-ray machine to Haiti’s largest hospital. He has also donated many hard copy and thumb drive Orthopeadic textbooks to the residents of HUEH, virtually giving them a curricular library in their pocket.

Dr. Israelski is also president and CEO of ORSI (Orthopaedic Relief Services International), which is a not-for-profit entity whose sole initial and only project is to help build HUEH’s infrastructure for orthopaedic, surgical, and educational services. His goal is to build back the orthopaedic surgical residency and bring it back to HUEH, which is the headquarters of this residency program, as well as all other residency programs in the country. Dr. Israelski already has the following of multiple surgical teams for deployment in Haiti, including, NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York Medical College, Orange Regional Medical Center, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a number of other clinical entities. Additionally, ORSI’S mission is to raise funds to eventually support attending staff, as well as materials, central service management, and even to support vendors to continue to maintain and replenish used orthopaedic supplies. Long-term sustainability of orthopaedic services is ORSI’s long-term objective.

Dr. Israelski has been involved in orthopaedic research/teaching over many years, and has lectured extensively in the area of orthopaedic and hand surgery. He has taught Holocaust and racial intolerance courses at local synagogues, churches, etc. He was founding senior partner of Catskill Orange Orthopaedics and currently President and Chairman of his clinical practice BAJA (Bone and Joint Associates).

Dr. Israelski’s relief and charity work not only include his extensive work in Haiti, but also serving local clinics for the uninsured in Sullivan County and at NYU in New York City. The recipient of numerous medical leadership, clinical, and humanitarian awards, Dr. Israelski is deeply dedicated to his work. Dr. Israelski is married with three children, Michelle, Katelyn, and Sean, as well as his lovely wife, Mary, who is a real estate broker working in the Hudson Valley Region. Dr. Israelski is fluent in Spanish and hopes to gain proficiency in French and, in particular, in Creole.