Dr. Marina Leitman
Assaf Harofeh Medical Center
Echocardiography Unit, Israel

Sackler School of Medicine
Tel Aviv University, Israel


2010 Accreditation of European Association of Echocardiography
2003 Clinical Course on Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Tolochenaz
2003 Teaching course on Contrast Echo at King’s College Hospital, UK
1998-2001  Fellowship in Cardiology, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Israel
1992-1996  Fellowship in Internal Medicine, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Israel
1987-1988  Specialization in Internal Medicine

Publications (selected)
  1. Wysenbeek AJ, Leitman M, Amit M,Lushkov G, Robinson D, Boldur I, Nevo Z. Experimental septic arthritis in rabbits treated by a combination of antibiotic and steroid drugs. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 1996 Sep-Oct; 14(5):507-12.
  2. Kaluski E, Leitman M, Khiger I, Cotter G. Delayed thrombocytopenia following abciximab therapy. Int J Cardiovascular Intervent. 2001 Sep;4(3):151 -155.
  3. Leitman M, Sidenko S, Wolf R, Sucher E, Rosenblatt S, Peleg E, Krakover R, Vered Z. Improved detection of inferobasal ischemia during dobutamine echocardiography with doppler tissue imaging. I Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2003 May;16(5):403-8
  4. Kaluski E, Blatt A, Leitman M, Krakover R, Vered Z, Cotter G. Atropine-facilitated electrical cardioversion of persistent atrial fibrillation. Am J Cardiol. 2003 Nov 1;92(9):1119-22.
  5. Leitman M, Sidenko S, Peleg E, Wolf R, Sucher E, Rosenblath S, Vered Z. Improved detection of spontaneous echo contrast in the aorta with tissue Doppler imaging. Echocardiography. 2004 Aug;21(6):503-8.
  6. Leitman M,Lysyansky P, Sidenko S, Shir V, Peleg E, Binenbaum M, Kaluski E, Krakover R, Vered Z. Two-dimensional strain – a novel software for real-time quantitative echocardiographic assessment of myocardial function. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2004 Oct;17(10):1021-9.
  7. Leitman M, Shir V,Peleg E,Rosenblatt S,Sucher E, Krakover R, Kaluski E,Vered Z. Diverse presentations of cardiac rupture following acute myocardial infarction. Isr Med Assoc J. 2004 Nov;6(11):670-2.
  8. Leitman M, Sucher E, Kaluski E, Wolf R, Peleg E, Moshkovitz Y, Milo-Cotter O, Vered Z, Cotter G. Non-invasive measurement of cardiac output by whole-body bio-impedance during dobutamine stress echocardiography: clinical implications in patients with left ventricular dysfunction and ischemia. European J Heart Failure 2006 Mar;8(2):136-40.
  9. Blatt A, Cotter G, Leitman M, Krakover R, Kaluski E, Milo-Cotter O, Resnick IB, Samuel S, Gozal D, Vered Z, Slavin S, Shapira MY. Intra-coronary administration of autologus bone-marrow mononuclear cells after induction of short ischemia is safe and may improve hibernation and ischemia in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy. Am Heart J 2005 Nov, 150(5): 986
  10. Hendler A, Ahronovich A, Kaluski E, Zyssman I, Gurevich Y, Blatt A, Reicher M, Leitman M, Czuriga I, Vered Z, Krarover R. Optimization of Myocardial Perfusion after Primary Coronary Angiogioplasty following on Acute Myocardial Infarction. Beyond the TIMI 3 flow. J of Invasive Cardiology. 2006 Jan; 18(1): 32-6.
  11. Kaluski E, Gabara Z, Uriel N, Milo O, Leitman M, Weisfogel J, Danicek V, Vered Z, Cotter G. The Benefits and Safety of External Counterpulsation in Symptomatic Heart Failure. Isr Med Assoc J. 2006 Oct;8(10):687-90.
  12. Leitman M, Lysynasky P, Gurevich J, Friedman Z, Sucher E, Rosenblatt S, Kaluski E,     Krakover R, Fuchs T, Vered Z. Real-time quantitative automatic assessment of left ventricular ejection fraction and regional wall motion by speckle imaging. Isr. Med. Assoc. J. 2007 Apr;9(4):281-5.
  13. Kaluski E, Cotter G, Leitman M, Milo-Cotter O, Krakover R, Kobrin I, Moriconi T, Rainisio M, Caspi A, Reizin L, Zimlichman R, Vered Z. Clinical and hemodynamic effects of bosentan dose optimization in aymptomatic heart failure patients with severe systolic dysfunction, associated with secondary pulmonary hypertension – a multi-center randomized study. Cardiology. 2008;109(4):273-80.
  14. Liel-Cohen N, Tsadok Y, Beeri R, Lysyansky P, Agmon Y, Feinberg MS, Fehske W, Gilon D, Hay I, Kuperstein R, Leitman M, Deutsch L, Rosenmann D, Sagie A, Shimoni S, Vaturi M, Friedman Z, Blondheim DS. A new tool for automatic assessment of segmental wall motion based on longitudinal 2D strain: a multicenter study by the Israeli Echocardiography Research Group. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2010 Jan;3(1):47-53.
  15. Leitman M, Lysiansky M, Lysyansky P, Friedman Z, Tyomkin V, Fuchs T, Adam D, Krakover R, Vered Z. Circumferential and longitudinal strain in 3 myocardial layers in normal subjects and in patients with regional left ventricular dysfunction. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010 Jan;23(1):64-70.
  16. Blondheim DS,Beeri R,Feinberg MS,Vaturi M, Shimoni S,Fehske W,Sagie A, Rosenmann D, Lysyansky P,Deutsch L, Leitman M, Kuperstein R, Hay I,Gilon D, Friedman Z, Agmon Y, Tsadok Y, Liel-Cohen N. Reliability of visual assessment of global and segmental left ventricular function: a multicenter study by the Israeli Echocardiography Research Group. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010 Mar; 23(3):258-64.
  17. Bachner-Hinenzon N, Ertracht O, Leitman M, Vered Z, Shimoni S, Beeri R, Binah O, Adam D. Layer-specific strain analysis by speckle tracking echocardiography reveals differences in left ventricular function between rats and humans. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2010 Sep;299(3):H664-72.
  18. Leitman M, Rahanani E, Wassermann I, Rosenblatt S, Peleg E, Krakover R, Zuckermann B, Fuchs T, Theodorovich N, Vered Z. Unusual right-sided cardiac masses. Echocardiography. 2010 Oct;27(9):1151-5.
  19. Leitman M, Hirsch R, Rosenblatt S,Theodorovich N, Krakover R, Kornowski R, Bruckheimer E, Vered Z: Diagnosis and percutaneous closure of a large coronary fistula.   Echocardiography 2011 Feb;28(2):248-52.
  20. Leitman M, MD, Maslakov I, Hendler A, Rosenblatt A, Konen E, Fuchs T, Vered Z. Heart Failure and a Right Ventricular Mass: Pitfalls on the way to the diagnosis. Echocardiography 2011 Apr;28(4):482-6.
  21. Leitman M, Bachner-Hinenzon N,Adam D, Fuchs T,Theodorovich N, Peleg E, Krakover R, Moravsky G, Uriel N, Vered Z. Speckle tracking imaging in acute inflammatory pericardial diseases. Echocardiography 2011 May;28(5):548-55.
  22. Fuchs T, Leitman M, Torjman A: Microvolt T-Wave Alternans in Patients with a Biventricular Implantable Defibrillator. Hospital Chronicles 2011, 6(3): 112–116.
  23. Leitman M, Dreznik Y, Tyomkin V, Fuchs T, Krakover R, Vered Z.: Vegetation Size in the Patients with Infective Endocarditis. European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging
  24. Leitman M, Dreznik Y, Tyomkin V, Fuchs T, Krakover R, Vered Z.: Vegetation Size in the Patients with Infective Endocarditis. Eur Journal Echocardiogr. 2011 Nov 22. [Epub ahead of print].
  25. Leitman M, Sidenko S, Peleg E, Wolg R, Sucher E, Rosenblath S, Vered Z. Unusual echocardiographic presentations of pulmonary embolism in transit. Isr Med Assoc J. 2003 Sep;5(9):675-6.
  26. Leitman M, Baram S, Sidenko S, Abo-Kishk I, Peleg E, Vered Z. Transient left ventricular and right atrial thrombosis after 5-fluorouracil therapy. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2004 Jul; 17(7):778-9.
  27. Leitman M, Peleg E, Krakover R, Sucher E, Rosenblath S, Zaidenstein R, Vered Z. Unusual presentations of infective endocarditis. Isr Med Assoc J. 2005 Mar; 7(3):202-3.
  28. Leitman M, Shmueli R, Stamler A, Krakover R, Hendler A, Vered Z. An unusual presentation of a large left ventricular pseudoaneurysm. Echocardiography. 2006 May; 23 (5): 403-4.
  29. Uriel N, Kaluski E, Hendler A, Leitman M, Vered Z. Cardiogenic shock in a young female with multiple sclerosis. Resuscitation. 2006 Jul; 70(1):153-7.
  30. Fuchs T, Leitman M. Resynchronization Therapy with Conventional Dual-Chamber Pacemaker: A Doppler Tissue Imaging Study. Isr Med Assoc J. 2007 Apr; 9(4):335-6.
  31. Leitman M, Kuperstein R, Medalion B, Stamler A, Porat E, Rosenblatt S, Konen E, Krakover R, Vered Z. A highly unusual right atrial mass presented in two women. Eur J Echocardiogr. 2008 Nov;9(6):833-4.
  32. Leitman M, Zyssman I, Abuhatzera S, Vasserman M, Ben Baruh C, Vered Z. A 37-year-old man with recurrent fainting: a short communication. Eur J Echocardiogr. 2010 Aug;11(7):E30.
  33. Leitman M,Peleg E, Rosenblat S, Sucher E,Wolf R,Sedanko S,Krakover R,Vered Z. Transesophageal echocardiography – an overview. Isr Med Assoc J.2001 Mar; 3(3):198-206.
  34. Vered Z, Leitman M, Krakover R. Better, (perhaps) cheaper, but is it best? European Heart Journal 2007 (28): 148-149