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June 26, 2008 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-06-26

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The view of Jerusalem from Dr.
Jaffe's Center for Foot Surgery

Steven M. Lash, DDS, MS
Rebecca L. Rubin, DMD, MS


6177 Orchard lake Road, West Bloomfield, Michigan

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Medical Milestone

DMC physician performs complex
reconstructive surgery in Israel.

Melanie Moss
Special to the Jewish News


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ear after year, new distinc-
tions are added to our
country's list of medical
accomplishments. If
we break, disfigure
or dismember any
part of our body,
chances are there
is a doctor nearby
who can put us back
together again.
For example, take
Dr. Lefkowitz
Michigan native and
DMC Sinai-Grace
Hospital podiatric
surgeon Dr. Harvey
Mark Lefkowitz,
whose cutting-edge
medical techniques
have made him
known locally and
Dr. Jaffe
Lefkowitz believes
that America's medi-
cal advancements are a privilege that
should be shared with others. This
has set him on a course toward giv-
ing back to a country his ancestors
and modern-day family members call
Israel, to the average person,
seems millions of miles away, but to
Lefkowitz it is a country he carries
close to his heart. To him, it's a country
that birthed a culture of people who

stand up for their beliefs. A country in
which he takes pride in its history and
the care it gives his two adult daugh-
ters and their families.
Lefkowitz's story began long ago
when his mother, a Holocaust survi-
vor, was devastated by the death of
her medical-school-bound brother at
the hands of Hitler's soldiers during
World War II. That sorrow motivated
Lefkowitz to become everything his
uncle could have been.
Twenty-four years later, Lefkowitz
became the youngest podiatrist in
Michigan and has achieved many
distinctions. Only recently did he
receive, from Dr. Richard Jaffe, Israel's
chief of podiatry, an offer of a lifetime
— an opportunity to give back to the
country that he will forever carry in
his heart.
In March, Lefkowitz, went to
Jerusalem to perform reconstructive
surgery on orthopedic surgeon and
former chief medical officer to the
United Nations Dr. Yaacov Adler. The
complex surgical technique, which
is not performed by Israeli doctors,
required Lefkowitz to reconstruct a flat
foot and ruptured ankle tendon.
Jerusalem is a modern city with
universal healthcare, but does not
always offer procedures that go
that extra mile. The need for more
advanced procedures motivates doc-
tors like Lefkowitz to share their
expertise with their international col-
leagues, like Jaffe, to perform special-

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