Joseph Mizrahi

Joseph Mizrahi
Professor Emeritus
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    Academic appointments:
    • 1982 – Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Technion, I.I.T., Haifa, Israel. From 2002 - Chair Holder of the Pearl S. Milch Chair in Biomedical Engineering Sciences.
    • March 2010 – Aug. 2010: Professor (visiting, while on sabbatical from the Technion), Department of Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA.
    • Jan.2004 - Dec.2008: Dean, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
    • 1998 - 1999: Professor (visiting, while on sabbatical from the Technion), Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
    • 1989 - 1990: Associate Professor, Harvard University Medical School, Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, U.S.A. (visiting, while on Sabbatical leave from Technion).
    • 1979 - 1982: Head, Biomechanics Laboratory, and Director, Center for Vocational Rehabilitation and Training, Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Ra'anana, Israel.
    • 1980: Visiting Senior Lecturer, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
    • 1976 - 1978: Research Fellow in the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, thereafter Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Short Bio:
    Dr. Joseph Mizrahi is a Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering. He was the incumbent of the Pearl Milch Chair of Biomedical Engineering Sciences in the years 2002-2013. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
    Dr. Joseph Mizrahi received his B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering in 1967; M.Sc. in Mechanics in 1970; and D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 1975, all from the Technion, IIT.  He has held positions in the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg as Senior Lecturer (1976-1979) and in the Loewenstein Rehabilitation Center in Ra'anana, Israel as Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory (1979-1982).  He has been with the Technion- IIT since 1982.  During this period, he has also had visiting appointments in the Harvard Medical School, Boston (1989-1990), the University of Cape Town (1991), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1998-1999) and Drexel University, Philadelphia (2010). He served as Dean of the Technion BME Faculty for 5 years (2004-2009).
    Field of research: Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Biomechanics, Muscle/Bone Interactions, Joint Mechanics, Functional Electrical Stimulation of Muscles
    Research interests:
    Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Engineering and Biomechatronics, including: Mechanics of the musculo-skeletal system; Muscle/Bone interactions; Muscle fatigue; Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) of excitable tissues; Musculo-Skeletal redundancies and mechanical indeterminacy: the rehabilitation viewpoint. Dr. Mizrahi is the laboratory Head of the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Biomechatronics Lab
    Research focus:
    My research focuses on the following:  1) Restoration and/or augmentation of function in handicapped muscles by means of functional electrical stimulation (FES); 2) Musculoskeletal interactions in able-bodied and disabled human individuals; (3) Neuromuscular redundancies and mechanical indeterminacies in the human body and their implications in the field of Rehabilitation.
    For list of selected publication click Selected Publications [pdf]
    Honors and Awards:
    1. Award of Mifal Haverut Hutz, Israel Medical Association, Jerusalem, (23.6.1982) for a study on the relation between bone density and bone strength (with Drs. Margulies and Leichter).

    2. The Henri Gutwirth Technion Award for the research on the relation between the biochemistry of the intervertebral disc and the load bearing capacity of the spine with special reference to aging and degeneration (Haifa, 1983, 1984).

    3. Maurice Mueller Award for Visiting Professorship at the Harvard Medical School (1989).

    4. The Lee Silver Friedman Award in Biomedical Engineering for contribution to the quantitative analysis of fatigue of FES activated paralyzed muscle (December 1992). 5. Award of the Regba Foundation "And Never Again Will they Learn War" for the contribution in the Rehabilitation of Paraplegics by FES. Nominated by the Israel Ministry of Defense (December 1993). 6. The Henri Gutwirth Award for the research on attenuation of foot-strike initiated shock loads by the human musculoskeletal system: effect of muscle fatigue (Haifa, March 1998). 7. Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Medical and Biological Engineering, 2008 -. 8. Stein Foundation Award for Visiting Professorship at Drexel University (2010).
    Professional affiliations:
    • IEEE Trans. on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering (1997 – 2005): Associate Editor. • Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology (from 1994): Advisory Board. • Journal of Basic and Applied Myology (from 1997): Editorial Board. • Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal (from 2000): Advisory Board. • Journal of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics (from 2003): Editorial Board. • Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation (from 2004): Editorial Board. • Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering (from 2007): Advisory Editorial Board.