Director, Department of Neurology
Rambam Healthcare Campus, Israel
Professor David Yarnitsky is the Director of the Department of Neurology at Rambam Health Care Campus. He also heads the Laboratory of Clinical Neurophysiology at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
Prof. Yarnitsky graduated from the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, and completed his residency in Neurology at Rambam, followed by a two-year pain and neuromuscular fellowship at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.
His main research interest is in understanding pain modulation mechanisms and applying them in clinical pain practice. In addition to supervising clinical training of neurology residents, he mentors graduate and doctoral students in the neurophysiology of pain. He has won several research grants from funding agencies including the US Army, European Union, Israel Science Foundation, Binational US-Israel Foundation, Migraine Research Foundation and others. He also heads the research committee for the Neuropathic Pain Special-Interest-Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). In 2014, Prof. Yarnitsky received the Ron Melzack Award from the IASP for the best paper of the year in pain research, and he gave a plenary talk at the IASP world meeting.
He is the Editor-in-Chief for the European Journal of Pain, and served until recently as Associate Editor for Pain. For the past six years he has led an international forum of experts on the issue of conditioned pain modulation; the forum has already published two recommendation papers, and is about to publish a third one.
Prof. Yarnitsky has authored some 160 papers, several chapters, editorials, review articles and meta-analyses. He is a regular speaker at the World and European Pain conferences, and serves as member of scientific committees for relevant meetings