Prof. Shimon Rochkind

Retired in Clinical Departments
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Prof. Shimon Rochkind
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Director, Peripheral Nerve Reconstruction division of the Department of Neurosurgery, Tel Aviv University

Senior Neurosurgeon and Specialist in Neurosurgery & Microsurgery, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center 




1975 Higher medical education, graduated with honors Ivano-Frankivsk Medical Institute, USSR
1976-1978 Specialization in the Department of Neurosurgery Ivano-Frankivsk City Hospital, USSR
1979-1981 Specialization in the Neurosurgery Department  Rambam Medical Center, Israel
1981-1988 Specialization in the Department of Neurosurgery  Sourasky Medical Center, Israel
1989-1990 Training Course in Pediatric Neurosurgery Children’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada
1992 Advanced course on restoration of the brachial plexus and peripheral nerves of the upper and lower extremities Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa



Known around the world for his research on nerve regeneration and nerve transplantation, Dr. Rochkind is currently researching the influence of low power laser irradiation on severely injured peripheral nerves, brachial plexus, cauda equina and spinal cord. He is also studying spinal cord transplantation followed by low power laser treatment, microsurgical reconstruction of the peripheral nerve and brachial plexus.


His clinical and research interests are focused on the development and clinical use of modern microsurgical and reconstructive techniques for the treatment of peripheral nerve tumors in experimental studies on the restoration of the full damage of the peripheral nerves and spinal cord using bioengineering techniques of nerve cell tissues, as well as the development of the pilot laser technology and methodology for the treatment of damaged peripheral nerves. Dr. Rochkind holds 8 patents issued in the United States, Israel and Europe.



Since 2005

2013: Shimon Rochkind; Asher Shainberg. Protective effect of laser phototherapy on acetylcholine receptors and creatine kinase activity in denervated muscle. Photomedicine and laser surgery 2013;31(10):499-504.


2013: Shimon Rochkind; Stefano Geuna; Asher Shainberg. Phototherapy and nerve injury: focus on muscle response. International review of neurobiology 2013;109():99-109.


2012: Claudia Grothe; Kirsten Haastert-Talini; Martin Hildebrandt; Xavier Navarro; Luis Filipe V Pinto; Shimon Rochkind; Antonio Salgado; Abraham Shahar; Lars B Dahlin; Thomas Freier; Stefano Geuna BIOHYBRID - Biohybrid templates for peripheral nerve regeneration. Journal of the peripheral nervous system : JPNS 2012;17(2):220-2.


2011: Jonathan Roth; Jonathan Shtokman; Merav H Shamir; Moshe Nissan; Leonid Shchetinkov; Leonor L Trejo; Shimon Rochkind. Regeneration of the transected rat sciatic nerve after suturing or adhesion with cyanoacrylate glue. Journal of neurosurgery 2011;114(1):245-52.


2009: Shimon Rochkind. Phototherapy in peripheral nerve injury for muscle preservation and nerve regeneration. Photomedicine and laser surgery 2009;27(2):219-20.


2009: Shimon Rochkind; Dalia El-Ani; Zvi Nevo; Abraham Shahar. Increase of neuronal sprouting and migration using 780 nm laser phototherapy as procedure for cell therapy. Lasers in surgery and medicine 2009;41(4):277-81.


2009: Shimon Rochkind. Phototherapy in peripheral nerve regeneration: From basic science to clinical study. Neurosurgical focus 2009;26(2):E8.


2009: Shimon Rochkind; Stefano Geuna; Asher Shainberg. Chapter 25: Phototherapy in peripheral nerve injury: effects on muscle preservation and nerve regeneration. International review of neurobiology 2009;87():445-64.


2008: Shimon Rochkind; Mohamed shafi; Malvina Alon; Khalil Salame; Dan Marian Fliss. Facial nerve reconstruction using a split hypoglossal nerve with preservation of tongue function. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery 2008;24(7):469-74.


2007: Shimon Rochkind; Vivian Drory; Malvina Alon; Moshe Nissan; Georges E Ouaknine Laser phototherapy (780 nm), a new modality in treatment of long-term incomplete peripheral nerve injury: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. Photomedicine and laser surgery 2007;25(5):436-42.


2007: Shimon Rochkind; Leonor Leider-Trejo; Moshe Nissan;Merav H Shamir; Oleg Kharenko; Malvina Alon. Efficacy of 780-nm laser phototherapy on peripheral nerve regeneration after neurotube reconstruction procedure (double-blind randomized study).
Photomedicine and laser surgery 2007;25(3):137-43.


2007: Baruch Klin; Mark Weinberg; Itzhak Vinograd; Judith Sandbank; Yariv Siman-Tov; Liliana Astachov; Oran Ayalon;Shimon Rochkind; Abraham Shahar; Zvi Nevo. Experimental repair of tracheal defects using a new biodegradable membrane.
Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A 2007;17(3):342-9.


2007: Shimon Rochkind; M Shemesh; H Patish; Moshe GRAIF; Y Segev; Khalil Salame; E Shifrin; Malvina Alon. Thoracic outlet syndrome: a multidisciplinary problem with a perspective for microsurgical management without rib resection. Acta neurochirurgica. Supplement 2007;100():145-7.


2007: Shimon Rochkind; G Filmar; Y Kluger; Malvina Alon. Microsurgical management of penetrating peripheral nerve injuries: pre, intra- and postoperative analysis and results. Acta neurochirurgica. Supplement 2007;100():21-4.


2006: Ehud Arad; Yoav Barnea; Eyal Gur; Aharon Amir; David Leshem; Arik Zaretski; Shimon Rochkind; Liana Beny; Shlomi Constantini; Jerry Weiss. Paravertebral turnover flaps for closure of large spinal defects following tethered cord repair.
Annals of plastic surgery 2006;57(6):642-5.


2006: Rachel Lubart; Ronit Lavi; Harry Friedmann; Shimon Rochkind. Photochemistry and photobiology of light absorption by living cells.
Photomedicine and laser surgery 2006;24(2):179-85.


2006: Shimon Rochkind. Photoengineering of neural tissue repair processes in peripheral nerves and the spinal cord: research development with clinical applications. Photomedicine and laser surgery 2006;24(2):151-7.


2006: Shimon Rochkind; Abraham Shahar; D Fliss; Dalia El-Ani;Liliana Astachov; T Hayon; Malvina Alon; R Zamostiano; O Ayalon; I E Biton; Y Cohen; R Halperin; D Schneider; Amir Oron;Zvi Nevo Development of a tissue-engineered composite implant for treating traumatic paraplegia in rats. European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society 2006;15(2):234-45.


2006: Khalil Salame; Youssef Masharawi; Shimon Rochkind;Baruch Arensburg. Surgical anatomy of the cervical segment of the hypoglossal nerve. Clinical anatomy (New York, N.Y.) 2006;19(1):37-43.


2005: Davilene Gigo-Benato; Stefano Geuna; Shimon Rochkind. Phototherapy for enhancing peripheral nerve repair: a review of the literature. Muscle & nerve 2005;31(6):694-701. 


2005: Felix Bokstein; Odelia Goor; Boris Shihman; Shimon Rochkind; Einat Even-Sapir; Ur Metser; Miri Y Neufeld. Assessment of neurolymphomatosis by brachial plexus biopsy and PET/CT. Report of a case.


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