After a long illness, Dr. Isaac Blickstein, a world authority on multiple gestations, died on April 22, 2020, at home in Israel, surrounded by his wife, Dorit, and his daughters, Noga and Ophir. He was much beloved by his students and by his colleagues in obstetrics around the world. Over the past few decades he transformed our knowledge of multiple gestations, which contributed enormously to the care of pregnant, fetal and neonatal patients everywhere. He loved to teach – students, residents, fellows and colleagues alike.
Isaac graduated from The Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. He was a Professor at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem, and on the faculty of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaplan Medical Center, High Risk Pregnancy, Rehovot, Israel. He was a journal editor, guest editor, associate editor, member of many editorial boards and a reviewer of dozens of journals. Isaac was the author or co-author of over 271 original articles, the author of many editorials, over 73 book chapters and eight books. He won the British Medical Association’s award for best medical book Multiple pregnancy: Epidemiology, gestation and perinatal outcome [2nd ed. Blickstein I and Keith L (Eds.)] in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2005. Isaac presented at countless international scientific meetings. His presentations were universally regarded as outstanding in content and form.
Isaac was the chairman of the Working Group on Multiple Pregnancy of the International Society for Twin Studies and served on the Research Committee on multiple pregnancy of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine.
Isaac was a globalist, serving on the boards of such international professional associations as The Fetus as a Patient Society, The World Association of Prenatal Medicine, the International Society for Twin Studies, and the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine.
His hobbies were medicine in art and history, which he brilliantly applied in his lectures and publications. His love of fine food was exhibited in his enthusiasm for educating, those lucky enough to be at his table, on the finer points of gourmet dining.
All who knew him will always treasure his brilliance and his warmth – his enduring legacy to the world of perinatal medicine.