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/microvascular 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 at Orange Regional Medical Center and runs a large region CME program but also is leading a project to bring a medical school to Orange County and creating a consortium of nine hospitals with over 2,000 beds to receive medical students and residents. He also is working to bring a four-year medical school and school for allied healthcare to Orange County. 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.

Dr. Israelski’s other passion, other than his medical school project, 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 several 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 donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment, anesthesia machines, respirators, sterilizers, etc. He has also donated textbooks and educational aids to the residents of HUEH. 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 Hospital for Special Surgery, NYU, New York Medical College, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Orange Regional Medical Center, and a number of other clinical entities all interested in following Dr. Israelski’s lead to bring clinical and educational services to the state hospital. Dr. Israelski’s company intends to provide year-round surgical team deployments, equipment, education, as well as, hopefully, raising funds to 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 over many years and has also taught Holocaust and racial intolerance courses at local synagogues, churches, etc. He is founding senior partner of Catskill Orange Orthopaedics and also President and Chairman of BAJA (Bone and Joint Associates), a consulting group for orthopaedic product lines. 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.