Prof. Eli Hershkowitz

Prof. Eli Hershkowitz Profile


Residency: Pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology

Department : Pediatric Endocrinology
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thyroid, bio chemistry, pediatrics, endocrinology


  • 1981-1987: MD, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev, Beer - Sheva. 1989-93 Residency in Pediatrics, Soroka Medical Center, Beer- Sheva. (4.5 years) 1988-89 Rotating internship at Assaf - Harofe Hospital, Tel-Aviv. 1997-8: Fellowship in inborn error of metabolism, Metabolic unit of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and the Institute of Child Health, London , U.K COURSE TAUGHT: 2001-present: Moderator of pediatric endocrinology course for 2nd year nurse students 2001- present: Pediatric endocrinology in various courses for Israeli and international 3rd year medical students at the Faculty of Health Sciences, BGU. 1994-97, 1999-2002: Moderator of the prepatory course to the pediatric clerckship for 4th year medical students 1991-97, 1999-present: Participation in pediatric clerckship including tutorship for 4th year medical students 2000- present: Topics in inborn errors of metabolism for medical and laboratory medicine students 1994-97: Pediatric elective for 6th year medical students Pediatric course for 2nd year nurse students (jointly taught) Pediatrics for new immigrant doctors (jointly taught)

Research Interests

  • CURRENT RESEARCH IN PROGRESS: 1. The molecular basis of the syndrome of congenital hypoparathyroidism, dysmorphism, and growth and developmental retardation (HRD). 2. Clinical, biochemical and genetic characterization of an apparent new syndrome: cystinuria, retardation, (growth & development), and seizures- 2p16 deletion syndrome. 3. The Endocrine basis of CIPA - congenital insensitivity to pain and anhydrosis. 4. The molecular basis of autoimmune thyroid disease in a large Bedouin family 5. Subclinical hypothyroidism in children – psychological effects REVIEWING OF MANUSCRIPTS AND RESEARCH PROPOSALS: 1999- Acta Pediatriaca Scandinavica 2000, 2001, 2003- Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism 2001- German-Israeli Foundation for scientific research and development (GIF)

Research Topics

  • Defining the molecular basis of new endocrine disorders and inborn errors of metabolism in the Bedouins
  • The clinical spectrum of HRD Vsyndrome
  • Ethnic disparities in diabetes care and pediatric endocrinology

Major expertise and techniques in the lab

  • Clinical Pediatric endocrinology
  • Diabetes

Publications and funding summary / representative publications and grants

  • Levy- Litan V*, Hershkovitz E* , Avizov L, Leventhal N, Bercovich D, Chalifa - Caspi V, Manor E, Buriakovsky S, Hadad Y, Goding J, Parvari R. Autosomal- recessive hypophosphatemic rickets is associated with an inactivation mutation the ENPP1 gene. Am J Hum Genet. 2010;86:273-8

Existing collaborations

  • Ruti Parvari – Genetic studies Defining the Molecular basis of new endocrine disorders and inborn errors of metabolism among the Bedouins.

Suggested multi-disciplinary research project / research focus topics

  • Genetics studies in pediatric endocrinology and IEM