An Ethiopian immigrant, Yitzhak came to Israel in 1994. Although he was only 19 at the time of his aliyah, Yitzhak had already started medical school in Ethiopia. In 1999, he became the first Ethiopian immigrant to recieve an MD degree in Israel and began serving as a surgeon in the IDF. He accomplished another first, when in 2016, he was promoted to chief medical officer of the army’s southern command. This made him the first Ethiopian Israeli to achieve the rank of Colonel in the IDF.