Meet Professor Gilkson

Meet Prof. Michael Glikson, the Director of our Jesselson Integrated Heart Center and a leading cardiologist in the field of Electrophysiology in Israel

Just over two years ago, Professor Michael Glikson, took over as the Director of our Jesselson Integrated Heart Center. Professor Glikson is 62 years old, married and the father of three. He enjoys photography and had he not become a cardiologist, he would have been a tour guide. Before coming to Shaare Zedek, Prof. Glikson established a leading center for Heart Arrhythmias at Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer, was the President of the Association of Cardiology and Heart Disease Prevention in Israel and a member of the committee which determined the country’s health basket.


Prof. Glickson shares, “I may be the first generation doctor in my family but I will not be the last, my eldest son is also a doctor…My grandfather Moshe Glickson z”l) was the editor of the Ha’aretz newspaper in the days when it was mainstream newspaper. He died young, many years before I was born, but I probably inherited the tendency to argue and to debate things in writing…. Over time, the fountain pen with black ink has changed into the keyboard and smartphone, but the power of the written word remains and my colleagues can attest to the tens of long, well-crafted emails that I send…”


Prof. Glikson studied medicine at the Jerusalem School of Medicine, internal medicine specialization in Hadassah Ein Kerem and he specialized in cardiology in Sheba Medical Center and had a fellowship in Cardiac Rhythm Disorders at the Mayo Clinic in the United States.


He explained, “My international experiences and exposure in Europe and in the United States have helped me treat many of my patients with complex medical situations, organize studies and conferences that are held in high regard internationally and write position papers recognized globally…

As an administrator my motto is that I do not stop, I do not rest, I do not give up, and I ask myself and the people around each and every moment from morning to night what can we improve today. From the cleanliness of the department, to the approach in our treatment procedures, to the bureaucracy, to what happened in the catheterization lab and operating theaters-this is the essence of management in the medical system.

As a doctor I focus on thoroughness, attention to detail, especially when taking the history of the patient. I explore every detail thoroughly before performing any complex procedures, and never, not until my last day in the profession, stop learning…

It’s been 30 years since I was a medical intern and I’m still learning something every day,…”.

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