After matriculating from King David High School Linksfield, Hilton Mirels attended Wits School of Dentistry, and graduated BDS, (1973). He served for one year in the army as a dentist, but quickly realized that he had made a wrong vocational choice and went back to Wits Medical School where he graduated MB.BCh, (1978.) This was followed by various surgical rotations. He ultimately specialized in Orthopaedic Surgery, M.Med (Ortho) 1987, and immigrated to the USA, where he completed a fellowship in advanced Orthopedic Trauma at Harbor View Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle. He then completed a second fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Joint disease, in New York City.
For his master’s degree, Hilton researched the risk of fracture in patients with metastatic cancer in long bones and proposed a Scoring System for diagnosing impending pathological fracture. Today, this system, is recognized as the universal “gold standard” in orthopaedic oncology; and referred to as the “Mirels Scoring System.”
He is married and lives with his wife in Rye, NY ( about 25 miles north of Manhattan.) Together, they have 5 grown children and 2 grandchildren. He has recently retired from practice as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, and is hoping to spend his time reading and improving his golf game. He is active in various charities, and in particular: American Physicians for Medicine in Israel, aka APF. This charity provides 1 year fellowships for select Israeli physicians to spend a year studying in the USA and then returning to Israel.
“I had wonderful friends at school, notably: Bradley Davidoff, Mike Freeman and Mickey Galinsky, in addition to Cecil Kramer, and Steve Kruger. We had loads of fun, and caning, on more than one occasion. I was also fortunate to have had some wonderful teachers: notably Mr. Morrison, ( Math), Ms. Parker, (History), Mrs. Klein,( English) and Mr. Goodman, (Extra Hebrew.)
All being said, King David School provided us the education, motivation and resilience to strive and achieve what our parents and educators had hoped for.”