Arkadiy Livshits

Arkadiy Livshits

Famous neurosurgeon
Country: Israel

Biography of Arkady Livshits

Arkady Vladimirovich Livshits, a neurosurgeon, doctor of medical sciences, and professor, was born on October 12, 1937, in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR. His father, Vladimir Livshits, was a lawyer, and his mother, Esfir Livshits, was a trade union activist. After completing school, Livshits entered the Azerbaijan Medical Institute, which he graduated from in 1960.

After finishing his studies, Livshits worked as a surgeon in the city of Murom, Vladimir Oblast. During his time in Murom, he developed his first device called "Human Bioelectric Potential Amplifier for Diagnosis of Abdominal Surgical Pathology." Based on clinical material obtained using this device, he defended his dissertation on "Electromyography of the Anterior Abdominal Wall in Acute Appendicitis" in 1964.

Following his successful defense, Livshits was accepted to work at the A.V. Vishnevsky Moscow Institute of Surgery, Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR, where he established a department for spinal cord injuries. In 1969, he defended his doctoral dissertation on "Electrical Stimulation of the Bladder in Traumatic Spinal Cord and Horse Tail Injuries" to obtain the degree of Doctor of Medical Sciences.

In 1977, Livshits founded the All-Union Center for Spinal Cord Neurosurgery and Organ Electrical Stimulation, where he served as the director and chief neurosurgeon. He was awarded the title of professor in 1978. From 1990, he held the position of Vice Director for Science at the N.N. Burdenko Institute of Neurosurgery, Academy of Medical Sciences of the Russian Federation in Moscow.

In 1993, Livshits relocated to Israel, where he worked at the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba. Throughout his career, Prof. Livshits performed over 10,000 complex surgeries on patients from more than 55 countries around the world. One notable patient he operated on was Elena Mukhina, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury during preparations for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Minsk. While Livshits expressed optimism about her recovery, Mukhina remained wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life.

Livshits is the author of nine books and approximately 200 scientific papers published in the United States, England, Germany, Yugoslavia, and Australia. His book, "Spinal Cord Surgery," published in the United States, is recommended as a guide for neurosurgeons, neuropathologists, and orthopedists in America.