Orthopaedic surgeon Ronald H. Israelski, MD, is a specialist in the treatment of hand injuries and disorders, including trauma, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He also serves as Director of Medical Education at Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and runs its Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program for doctors at ORMC, which will be a regional accredited site for CME-sponsored courses for a large region of upstate New York. Dr. Israelski founded and was Medical Director of The Bone and Joint Center at ORMC and was its Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery for almost 10 years. He currently is Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at New York University/Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. Dr. Israelski maintains an affiliation with Catskill Orange Orthopaedics, where he is the Senior Founding Partner. He is President and CEO of BAJA (Bone and Joint Associates) Consulting LLC.
Dr. Israelski received his Doctor of Medicine degree at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, at which he later completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Israelski furthered his training by completing a hand surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. Dr. Israelski is Board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Medical Association, New York State Medical Society, and Medical Society of the County of Orange. In addition, he is a Police Surgeon for the Monticello PBA. Dr. Israelski delivers education courses for the legal community on the topic of orthopaedic anatomy for the trial lawyer. He is a consultant to Touro University, leading its efforts to bring a medical school to the Hudson Valley and creating a network of affiliated and regional hospitals to host and train medical students, interns and physician residents. Orange Regional Medical Center named Dr. Israelski Physician of the Year in 2008 and he has received American Arthritis Association and Congressional acknowledgements for his work.
A proponent of giving back to communities in need, Dr. Israelski is President and CEO the Orthopaedic Relief Services International (ORSI), a not-for-profit NGO that provides relief orthopaedic surgery and programatic development for major hospitals and residency programs in impoverished settings. Since 2010, Dr. Israelski has traveled to Haiti numerous times to administer medical care, deliver donated medical supplies, and oversee surgical services and training, working with assistance from Partners in Health and the Ministry of Health to build back the orthopaedic department at General Hospital--l’Hopital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti (HUEH) in Port-au-Prince after the quake. He also taught courses in Holocaust and racial injustice studies for six years.