Prof. Michael Belkin

Prof. Michael Belkin

Prof. Michael Belkin, Emeritus professor of Ophthalmology in Tel Aviv University,  was the founder and the first director of the university’s Eye Research Institute at the Sheba Medical Center and is a senior advisor to the Singapore Eye Research Institute. He has authored over 250 scientific publications and over 35 patents.  

Previous leadership positions at prestigious institutions include:

  • Head of the Research and Development branch of the Israeli military medical department.
  • Head of the pediatric ophthalmology services of the Hadassah University Hospital and the Sheba Medical Center
  • Chairman of the Tel-Aviv University Department of Ophthalmology
  • President of the Israel Society of Eye and Vision Research of which he was a co-founder
  • Chairman, Permanent Advisory Committee in Ophthalmology, Ministry of Health.
  • Incumbent of the Tel Aviv University Sidney A. Fox Chair of Ophthalmology
  • Chairman, Ophthalmology Committee, National Councils for Health
  • Chairman, Commercial Relationship Committee, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)


Prof. Belkin has been involved in the establishment of many medical start-ups in ophthalmology and other fields. One of his noted contributions was inventing and developing the Ex-PRESS Glaucoma Filtration Device, which is now routinely used in glaucoma surgery worldwide.

Professor Belkin holds an MA degree in Science from Cambridge University, England, and an MD degree in Medicine from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. 

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