Sex-reassignment Ops in Israel Put on Hold as Waiting List Continues to Grow

The surgeries were stopped when the only authorized surgeon went on sabbatical, but have remained at standstill even after his return; an American surgeon will fill the gap temporarily next month, but others candidates must keep on waiting - or have the surgery abroad.

In September 2012, Dr. Haim Kaplan, a high-ranking surgeon at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, went on sabbatical. That was more than a year ago. Dr. Kaplan was the only surgeon in Israel who was authorized to perform sex-reassignment surgeries — and since he went on sabbatical, no such operations have been performed in Israel, even though he...