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Latest Update from the Hadassah Medical Organization
An in-depth, honest—and very encouraging—discussion about the ongoing recovery process at HMO.
Latest Update from the Hadassah Medical Organization Director General
The Hadassah Medical Organization's Director General discusses the latest developments at the Hospitals in Jerusalem
Hadassah’s HIV/AIDS Experts Host Psychosocial Workshop in Addis Ababa for Orphanage Staff
Under the umbrella of the Hadassah Medical Center’s ART-Joy-Love project in Ethiopia, Hadassah’s HIV/AIDS experts presented a four-day psychosocial workshop in Addis Ababa for the staff of five HIV/AIDS orphanages in January. (Read more about ART-Joy-Love’s mission of providing HIV/AIDS orphans with anti-retroviral therapy and multidisciplinary medical care, along with joy, love, and education at http://www.hadassah-med.com/children-site/news-and-research/art-joy-love.aspx.)
Hadassah Hospital’s Fertility Experts Give New Hope to Infertile Couples at Tel Aviv Meeting
Dozens of women and couples came to an informational evening in Tel Aviv to learn more about the Hadassah Medical Center’s Egg Donation Program, which works in partnership with the Reprofit Clinic in the Czech Republic.
World-renowned Mathematician Survives Collision with Truck Thanks to Treatment at Hadassah
When on October 6, World-renowned Mathematician Prof. David Kazhdan was run over by a truck while biking with his son, Eli, in Jerusalem, “his condition was so dire that in many medical centers in the world he wouldn't have been revived,” relates Prof. Yoram Weiss, Medical Director of the Hadassah Medical Center.
Medical Musicians Offer Spiritual Healing to Hadassah Patients
Trained as medical musicians, Guitarist Navot Ben Barak and Flutist Avshalom Eshel, of the Haverut Organization, perform music at a patient’s bedside in an effort to enhance their healing.
US Celebrity Cannabis Activist Meets Hadassah’s Cannabis Research Pioneer
Cancer Survivor, Cannabis Activist, and Founder of the Beverly Hill Cannabis Club Cheryl Shuman recently visited Israel to meet with Cannabis Research Pioneer Prof. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, whose work provided the basis for the medical community’s embrace of medical marijuana (cannabis). Ms. Shuman, who was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer many years ago, credits cannabis with bringing her back from the brink of death.
Deep Sequencing Analysis Leads to Major Genetic Discoveries at Hadassah
Using a deep sequencing analyzer, Prof. Orly Elpeleg, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Department of Genetic and Metabolic Diseases, and her colleagues have determined the sequence of millions of DNA fragments simultaneously--8,000 times the capacity of the former generation of DNA sequencing machines. This has enabled Hadassah’s researchers to identify important gene mutations that cause severe metabolic diseases and to counteract their devastating effects.
First Neurology Patients Move in to Hadassah Hospital Tower
"Welcome! You are the First," Nira Kedar, head nurse of the Hadassah Medical Center's Neurology Department, said, with a huge smile, to Nachshon Halevy, the first patient to be wheeled into the new Neurology Department on the ninth floor of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower Hospital.
Christian Friends of UK Visit Hadassah and Learn About HIV-AIDS Unit and Israeli-Palestinian Collaboration
As part of a fact-finding tour emphasizing the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians, the Chief Executive of Christian Friends of the United Kingdom, Jacob Vince, along with a delegation of non-denominational Christian laymen and clergy, visited the Hadassah Medical Center.
Hadassah Researchers Use Functional MRI to Detect Responsiveness in Unconscious Patients
“The clinical evaluation of consciousness in Disorder of Consciousness (DOC) patients, based on their exhibited behavior, is difficult and remains erroneous in many cases,” report researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center.
BrainStorm Stem Cell Technology Administered at Hadassah Yields Major Therapeutic Results in Patient with ALS and Myasthenia Gravis
NurOwn ™, a stem cell technology of BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, has proven effective in improving cognitive and motor function in a patient at the Hadassah Medical Center, who suffers from both Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Myasthenia Gravis (MG).
Hadassah holds a very successful Evening For Pregnant Women
The Hadassah Medical Center's Maternity Club recently organized a special seminar for women on the topic of pregnancy and childbirth which attracted hundreds of women from Jerusalem and the areas surrounding Jerusalem served by Hadassah.
Hadassah Pediatricians Team Up with Philippine Embassy to Nurture Children’s Health
On a rainy winter day, a group of pediatricians and a medical clown from the pediatric department of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus traveled to Tel Aviv for Hadassah’s annual preventive health initiative at the Philippine Embassy.
“A Heart For Peace” Program Brings Palestinian and Israeli Pediatric Heart Patients Together at the Hadassah Medical Center
On November 28, 2013, children gathered at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. What do they have in common? They all have all undergone cardiac surgery, or are the brothers and sisters of these children. The only difference is that some of them are Palestinians, while others are Israelis.
Hadassah: a Hospital With a Heart
Thirteen-year-old Adin had open-heart surgery at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem to replace his pulmonary valve. Read an excerpt from his grandmother’s description of the family’s quality experience.
Teaneck Visitor to Israel Finds Himself a Patient in Hadassah’s Emergency Center
“The treatment here was superb, from the caring and concern, to the professionalism of the staff,” says Josh Rochlin from Teaneck, NJ, who found himself at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem’s Center for Emergency Medicine, after the car he was driving collided with a bus.
On Icy Road, in Post-Storm Traffic Jam, Hadassah Nurse and Midwife to the Rescue
The back seats of one of the cars had been lowered. The driver introduced himself as a medic. Inside, Batsheva Shoshan was in labor. Her amniotic fluid had already broken. Her husband Ha’ari Shoshan had been trying to drive her to the hospital, but they realized they wouldn’t make it.
80 “Storm Babies” Born at Hadassah Medical Center
Despite 50 centimeters of snow and power outages all over the city, the Hadassah Medical Center staff worked overtime to help 80 women give birth to their new babies.
Hadassah Medical Center Marks The International Day for Persons' with Disabilities
Hadassah Medical Center marked The International Day for Persons' with Disabilities by setting up special information stands manned by representatives of Israel Social Security. These stands were set up to provide practical information for patients with disabilities.
Hadasit and Poland’s Synektik SA Collaborate to Develop Imaging Agents
Hadasit, the technology transfer company of the Hadassah Medical Center, has signed a four-million dollar cooperation agreement with Poland's Synektik SA to develop new imaging agents for non-invasive diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
World Children's Day 2013: Focus on Pediatric Medicine at the Hadassah Medical Center
On 20 November 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It was a special agreement, including the fundamental rights that each country must give to any child. The primary objective of the Hadassah Medical Center is "to create a better world through medicine." A means to achieve its goal is to provide quality care to children with chronic illnesses or special needs. To this end, the Pediatric Chronic Disease Center was erected at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.
ALS Stem Cell Trial Yielding “Impressively Positive” Findings
Commenting on the Phase IIa trial of NurOwn™--BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics’ stem cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)--which is being conducted at the Hadassah Medical Center, Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, principal investigator, reports that the safety data are “impressively positive” and that the “initial indications of clinical efficacy” are cause for optimism regarding the management of ALS and the future of cell therapies for neurodegenerative diseases in general.
A Grandma is Grateful for Hadassah and its “Winning Formula”
“We had every reason to be anxious: our five-year-old granddaughter, Racheli, had a fast-growing tumor in her right arm and it needed to come out,” writes a Jerusalem grandmother. Read her letter, describing the wonderful experience Racheli had as a patient at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem.
Two State-of-the-Art MRI Machines--Cutting-Edge Diagnosis and Research at Hadassah
The 3 Tesla Trio MRI and the 1.5 Tesla MRI, two sophisticated diagnostic tools, enable Hadassah Medical Center physicians to examine the functioning of the body in real time.
Goshen, Israel’s Pediatric Community Health Project, Creates Steering Committee and Launches Course for Pediatricians
The Goshen Project, which is spearheading a paradigm shift in the approach to pediatric professional training in Israel, has formed its National Steering Committee and launched its first course for pediatricians, with attendees representing the mosaic of Israeli society—Jews and Arabs, secular and Orthodox, as well as urban and rural physicians.
Ethnic Diversity, Sophisticated Surgery, Genetic Research: the Character of Pediatrics at Hadassah
With 40 percent of Jerusalem’s population comprised of children who come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, The Hadassah Medical Center’s Pediatrics Division, chaired by Prof. Eitan Kerem, has its challenges.
Abandoned Baby Receives Life-Saving Heart Surgery at Hadassah
When “Rami,” just a few days old, was found in a box on a street in Bethlehem, someone brought him to the Bethlehem Creche, a nearby orphanage. Born with a serious heart problem, he was referred to Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem for life-saving surgery and now is recovering in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Creating the Medicine of the Future: Hadassah’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy
The Hadassah Medical Center’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy is targeting its research to optimize the chances of fighting a wide range of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases with gene and cell therapy.
Conquering Brain Tumors at the Molecular Level
For Regina Golan-Gerstl, a postdoctoral fellow at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, the fight against brain cancer has been close-up and personal because her mother died of the disease. She has now identified a genetic protein that is directly implicated in the development of the most prevalent brain cancer--glioblastoma.
You Don't Have To Be A Doctor To Save Lives
Help us equip and furnish the new operating rooms at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.
Hadassah School Launches Code of Ethics
The Hadassah School, comprised of inpatients of the Hadassah Medical Center, has launched a new code of ethics for its multicultural student population of all ages.
Hadassah’s Prof. Orly Elpeleg Receives KKL-JNF 2013 Outstanding Medical Scientist Award
Prof. Orly Elpeleg, head of the Department of Genetic and Metabolic Diseases at the Hadassah Medical Center, has been awarded the KKL-JNF’s 2013 Samuel and Paula Elkeles Outstanding Scientist in Medicine Prize.
Hadassah Hospital Counteracts Violence Against Women with Awareness Campaign in Maternity Ward
Commemorating the United Nations’ International Day for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, nurses and social workers at the Hadassah Medical Center initiated a project in the maternity ward to encourage women to speak up and put an end to abusive relationships.
From the Desk of Avigdor Kaplan, PhD: Miracles of Our Making
This year, the unique convergence of Chanukah and Thanksgiving has special meaning for the three people who have made nearly miraculous recoveries following a devastating stroke, a heart attack, and a hit-and-run accident. I say "nearly miraculous," because all of them really owe their lives to Hadassah’s superb medical teams.
Director of Hadassah’s School of Public Health Named to European Public Health Executive Committee
Director of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine Prof. Yehuda Neumark has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of the Schools of Public Health (ASPHER), which represents over 100 public health institutes across Europe. Some of these institutes have Braun School graduates at their helm.
Semi-Automatic Intravenous Insertion Device: Medical First from Hadassah’s New Biodesign Program
SAGIV, a semi-automatic, hand-held device for rapid, less painful, and safer intravenous (IV) insertion, is one of the first creations of Israel’s first Biodesign Medical Innovation Program, a joint project of the directors of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Heart Institute and the Hebrew University’s Center for Bioengineering.
Hadassah Center for Multiple Sclerosis Holds its Annual Conference
The 2013 Hadassah Annual Conference for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was held on November 17, 2013 at Hadassah Ein Kerem. Doctors at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem and other caregivers discussed topics of concern to patients with MS and their families. The conference was run by the "Center for Multiple Sclerosis", and was open to patients and their families as well as professionals and specialists in this field.
Hadassah: the Hospital Where Bridges Are Forged
“Hadassah is the place where the ice breaks,” says Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach, Director of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
The Challenges Posed by Food: links between nutrition and eating behavior in infants and children
The Nutrition Center of the Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital recently held a seminar featuring a multidisciplinary team dealing with the problems of food and nutrition in children from infancy to adolescence, and the role of the gastroenterologist in the treatment of those with eating disorders.
Appreciative Parent and Patient Give Back
When 12-year-old Dennis immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine, he was already sick and in need of a bone marrow transplant. His life was saved at Hadassah, thanks to a bone marrow donor from Germany. Now 18 years old, Dennis has joined the army. He could have chosen not to go into a combat unit because, as an only child, according to Israeli law, he need not serve as a combat soldier. In fact, he required his mother’s permission to enter a fighting unit. Both Dennis and his mother, however, were in agreement about this commitment. As his mother said, “After what Israel and Hadassah did for us,” we need to give back.”
Memorable Milestones from the Chair of Pediatrics at Hadassah
Attending the Bar Mitzvah of a boy whose mother’s life he helped to save while she was pregnant with him, and being at the wedding of a woman he has treated since she was an infant are two of Prof. Eitan Kerem’s most recent emotion-packed experiences as the Chair of the Pediatrics Division at the Hadassah Medical Center.
"On the Top of Mount Scopus” – Nurses photographing Nurses
The nursing administration of Hadassah University Hospital at Mt. Scopus and the Jerusalem Centre of the Performing Arts invite the public to a new exhibit called “On the Top of Mt. Scopus”.
Dr. Yoram Maaravi tells how Hadassah's Geriatric Care is a model beyond Israel
“It’s the best thing to do in medicine; it’s fulfilling, fascinating, challenging, and rewarding,” says Dr. Yoram Maaravi, the Hadassah Medical Center’s Director of Geriatric Rehabilitation, in describing his career as a geriatrician at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
Hadassah Medical Center’s Global Reach—One Patient at a Time
Every week, Hadassah receives inquiries from all over the world, asking if, perhaps, individuals suffering from various illnesses should seek help in Israel at Hadassah.
Hadassah’s Trauma Unit: Teaching the World about Saving Victims of Mass Casualty Events
For the past 20 years, every student in Hadassah’s medical school has participated in a two-week trauma course after finishing his sixth year; as a result, there are almost 3,000 Hadassah graduates practicing medicine around the world who have been trained to treat blast trauma victims and handle triage during a mass casualty event.
Researchers at Hadassah Stop the Progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
A first in Israel offers hope for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Researchers at Hadassah have demonstrated that they are able to stop the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar Held at Hadassah
As part of the October global campaign to raise awareness of Breast Cancer, the Hadassah Medical Center organized a seminar called "Everything you wanted to know about breast cancer but never dared to ask".
Hadassah's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: a Growing Reputation for Success
Thanks to a wide range of sophisticated diagnostic and monitoring equipment, innovative treatment options, and a dedicated multidisciplinary team with an impressive success rate, the Hadassah Medical Centerfs Comprehensive Epilepsy Center continues to draw increasing numbers of patients from throughout Israel and abroad.
Professor Yoram Weiss Named New Medical Director of Hadassah’s Ein Kerem Hospital
Hadassah Medical Organization Director General Avigdor Kaplan has named Hadassah physician Prof Yoram Weiss as the new medical director of Hadassah Ein Kerem.
Israel's First Academic Medical Innovation Accelerator Produces Four Startups
To enhance the likelihood of medical innovations reaching the marketplace, the Director of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Center for Bioengineering, Dr. Yaakov Nahmias, partnered with the Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Heart Institute, Prof. Chaim Lotan, to create Israel’s first Biodesign Medical Innovation program.
Hadassah International Launches it’s “Choose Your Impact” Fundraising Campaign
When you donate to Hadassah, you make an impact. Choose where will you make your impact.
Electrocuted Medical Student Breathing and Eating on his Own
With breathing and eating support removed, David Fintzi, the Romanian medical student that had been airlifted to the Hadassah Medical Center after being electrocuted on a sightseeing train in Moldavia, is able to speak freely and eat once again.
A recent case study from the Jerusalem Crisis Intervention Centre (JCIC)
Children and adolescents referred to the Clinic for treatment have experienced serious family and social problems and have also undergone a traumatic event.
Hadassah Takes Holistic Approach to Infertility at Mind-Body Center
To help women who are grappling with infertility in a more holistic way, the Hadassah Medical Center opened a Mind-Body Fertility Center, which offers cognitive therapy and stress reduction classes, as well as yoga.
Helping Cancer Patients Today While also Thinking about Treatments for Tomorrow
The Hadassah Medical Center’s Sharett Institute of Oncology provides comprehensive, compassionate care to patients of today, while it has its eye on helping the cancer patients of tomorrow, not only in Israel, but all over the globe. That’s why research is a major focus of the Institute.
Hadassah AIDS Center Gets Proactive To Curb Increase in Cases
Taking action to stem the increase in AIDS cases among the residents of East Jerusalem, the Hadassah Medical Center’s AIDS Center hosted an in-service seminar on AIDS awareness and prevention for family doctors. The seminar, entitled "HIV--A Virus Without Borders,” included presentations about diagnostic methods, early symptoms, treatment options, quality of life, and life expectancy.
Hadassah’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Measuring up to the Highest Standards
To ensure that the Hadassah Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is achieving the highest international standards of safety, the PICU staff has designed systems to prevent children from picking up infections while hospitalized; to enhance the safety of mechanical ventilation; and to guarantee that medications are given in both safe and effective doses.
Hadassah Physician Awarded 1,650,000 Euro Grant by European Union
Dr. Rachel Katz-Brull, Director of the Center for Hyperpolarized MRI Molecular Imaging at the Hadassah Medical Center, has been awarded a 1,650,000 euro grant by the European Research Council to investigate the effectiveness of a non-radioactive substance in detecting cancer via imaging--a substance discovered by Dr. Katz-Brull and her colleagues.
Coming Attraction at Hadassah’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Eagerly anticipated is the soon-to-be-completed Surgical Center on Lower Level Four of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
International Cardiac Fellows: Ambassadors for Hadassah
The Heart Institute at the Hadassah Medical Center is currently training two cardiac fellows from Turkey and one from Bosnia.
Going Beyond Medicine to Save a Child: Hadassah's Medical Adoption Unit
When a baby was abandoned recently on a doorstep in Jerusalem's Old City, with the message, "Please take care of my baby girl!", the police brought the baby to Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus where physicians of Hadassah’s Medical Adoption Unit go beyond medicine to find the baby a home.
Remembering Hadassah’s Healing Heroes Forty Years After the Yom Kippur War
They’re just about the last persons you’d expect to have a medal of honor for distinguished military service in their curriculum vitaes. Dan Engelhard could be mistaken for a Berkeley professor, longish grey hair sometimes in a pony tail, so soft-spoken you often need to lean close to hear. Dina Ben Yehuda is a combination of Marie Curie and TV’s Dr. Michaela Quinn. They’re both professors of medicine and hands-on physicians at Hadassah Hospital, parents to young adult children. But each of these lives of healing was shaped by service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Yom Kippur War.
Hadasit & AstraZeneca Launch Drug Discovery Alliance
AstraZeneca and Hadasit, the commercial arm and technology transfer company of Israel’s Hadassah University Hospitals, today said they will identify, evaluate, and jointly develop new treatments for several diseases, primarily focused on cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes.
Romanian Burn Victim is Air-lifted to Hadassah
"I'm not sure when the idea of moving him to Israel came up," says Andre, a movie and stage actor. "But over and over, the idea was floated that Israel had enormous experience in burns because of all the wars. First we decided on Israel, and then on Hadassah. I'd heard of Hadassah, with its international reputation and experience."
Innovative Treatment of Uncontrolled Hypertension at Hadassah
Hypertension, also known as the "silent killer," affects 7.5 million people per year. Most people with Hypertension are not diagnosed, and for those that are, it may be difficult to reduce their blood pressure, even if they are on medication.
Innovation at Hadassah Hospital: Robotic Intubation Without Risk
A Hadassah medical team, in collaboration with researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a completely new device that allows robot guided intubation without risk to the patient.
Hadassah’s Internal Medicine Department: A Holistic Approach to Patient Care with Research a Premier Priority
A multidisciplinary, holistic approach to patient care, combined with a large number of physician/scientists who take care of patients and conduct their own research are hallmarks of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Internal Medicine department.
Taking Care of Thousands and Building the Future: Hadassah Statistics 2013
During the past year, nearly a million patients of all ages turned to Hadassah’s two campuses of healing, at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus, for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.
Hadassah Medical Translator/East Jerusalem Emergency Medical Services Chief Receives Peace Prize
Murad Alyan, an Arab medical translator and Chief of the East Jerusalem Bureau of United Hatzalah, an all-volunteer emergency medical service, received the 2013 Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education (IIE), along with United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer.
Hadassah’s Center for Hyperpolarized MRI Molecular Imaging: a Pioneer in its Field
Breaking new ground for MRI imaging in diagnosing cancerous lesions and observing the body in real time as it metabolizes various molecules, Hadassah’s Center for Hyperpolarized MRI Molecular Imaging is an innovator in its domain. Using a technique called hyperpolarization, the Center is able to increase the sensitivity of an MRI scan 10,000 fold.
Hadassah’s Cardiovascular Wellness Institute: Achieving Healthier Hearts, Community by Community
The Hadassah Medical Center’s Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Institute for Women, created with a 10 million-dollar grant from Psychotherapist Irene Pollin in memory of her daughter, Linda Joy, has already impacted the lives of hundreds of Arab and Israeli families.
Rehab Medicine at Hadassah: High Expectations and Life Restoring Results
“My dream is that every disabled patient in Israel will believe that Hadassah is the best place for them,” relates Dr. Isabella Schwartz, head of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
From the Desk of Avigdor Kaplan, PhD
It has been two months since I began serving as Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization; two months of concentrated effort, two months of difficult decisions and two months of continuing to learn more about the Medical Center.
Hadassah’s Geriatric Unit: Special Support for the Frail Elderly
The Hadassah University Medical Center’s Geriatric Unit--unique in Israel--was created to assess the needs of the frail elderly and provide them with the holistic care they need.
Project Rozana Helps to Save a Palestinian Baby's Life at Hadassah Hospital
Because of generous friends in Australia, through the interfaith Rozana Project spearheaded by Hadassah Australia, the enormous burden of a Gazan baby's hospital care at the Hadassah Medical Center has been greatly lessened.
Fellowship for Young Physicians Aims to Secure Hadassah’s Future as Major Research Institution
Launched in 2011, the Hadassah Medical Center’s Marom Medical Fellowship program for young physicians aims to position those with research aspirations to get the training they need to pursue a clinical research career and thereby ensure the strong future for research at Hadassah.
Hadassah’s Heart Institute: Its Renowned Director, Cutting-Edge Treatments, Innovative Research, and Preventive Health Outreach
With Interventional Cardiologist Prof. Chaim Lotan at its helm, the Hadassah Medical Center’s Heart Institute is pioneering new techniques for saving heart attack victims and replacing valves, investigating risk factors for heart disease among Arab and Jewish women, and taking center stage in promoting healthy lifestyles for a healthy heart.
Dental School Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence and Role as Bridge to Peace
Sixty years after the women of Hadassah, the Hebrew University, and Alpha Omega International Fraternity opened the first dental school in Israel, hundreds of dentists, oral surgeons, and researchers from Israel and abroad celebrated the achievements of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine and its role in building bridges to peace.
From the Desk of Avigdor Kaplan
At the beginning of May, I was appointed Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization. Many people have asked why I took on this position and these challenges at this rather senior stage in my life and my career. My reasons are both personal and professional.
Placental Cells Mitigate Radiation-Induced Complications in Mice, Hadassah Researchers Reveal
Placental cells, Hadassah University Medical Center researchers have shown, were successful in mitigating acute radiation-induced complications in mice when transplantation was initiated 24 hours following total body irradiation.
Hadassah Senior Ob/Gyn Physicians Share Expertise with International Researchers
Dozens of researchers from different countries participated in a seminar at Hadassah University Medical Center presented by Hadassah’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as part of a Society for Gynecological Investigation (SGI) conference, which took place in Israel for the first time.
Stem Cells Speed Up Healing Process for Severe Fractures, Hadassah Orthopedists Prove
Injecting stem cells to treat severe fractures speeds up recovery, physicians in the Orthopedics Department of the Hadassah University Medical Center have demonstrated.
Peptide Reduces Graft-versus-Host Disease in Mice Following Bone Marrow Transplant, Hadassah and Yale Researchers Discover
Researchers from the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation, jointly with Yale University and BioIncept, an American-based biotechnology company, have discovered that a certain peptide released by a fetus during pregnancy, called a “pre-implantation factor” (PIF) is effective in preventing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in mice, following a bone marrow transplant.
Helping Patients to Heal: Hadassah-Mount Scopus Hosts Art Exhibition
“Creativity and Health” was the theme for this year’s annual art exhibition, hosted for patients and the local community at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus Offers Self-Help Group for Children Suffering with Obesity
The Nutrition and Diet Clinic of Hadassah Hospital- Mount Scopus is hosting a new self-help group for children who suffer from obesity and their parents.
Hadassah’s Department of Pediatrics Receives Donation of Laptops and Videos
Dozens of laptops, videos, and CDs were donated to the Hadassah Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics for use by hospitalized children.
Hadassah Conference Highlights and Honors Excellence in Research
The second annual Research Conference in memory of Dr. Ido Yatziv, former Director of Hadassah’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), highlighted studies conducted by residents, nurses and paramedical staff.
Hadassah to the Rescue for Toothless Children
For the first time in Israel, two toothless children, ages five and six, were given the ability to talk, chew solid food, and smile again, thanks to dental implants they received from multidisciplinary health professionals at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Dental Medicine.
Hadassah Medical Center Welcomes Its New Director General
Dr. Avigdor Kaplan, PhD, who steered Clalit, Israel’s largest health fund, from deficit to financial solvency, began his tenure as Director General of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) on June 1.
Hadassah Medical Organization Holds Chemical Warfare Preparedness Drill
Concurrently with Israel's National Emergency Preparedness Week, the Hadassah Medical Center conducted a simulation chemical warfare drill at Hadassah-Mount Scopus to test its readiness for a large-scale chemical attack and its ability to treat dozens of patients in a short time span.
Hadassah Pediatric Fellow Leads Paradigm Shift in Israeli Pediatric Care
To spearhead a paradigm shift in Israeli pediatric care, Hadassah Medical Center Pediatrician Dr. Hava Gadassi trained for two and a half years at the Center for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
Unique Australian/Anglican/Israeli/Palestinian Partnership Aims to Improve Health of Palestinian Children
Hundreds of Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank will have access to improved health care at the Hadassah Medical Center thanks to a unique multi-faith partnership that was launched on May 24th at a media conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Hadassah Celebrates Groundbreaking for Healing Garden--Gifted by Australian Donors
With entertainment by the children of the Shalva School Chorus Band, in front of the Eli Douer and Family Center for Pediatric Genetic and Chronic Diseases on Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, a groundbreaking was celebrated for the new Healing and Environmental Garden, a gift from Australians, Jack and Robert Smorgon and their families, along with other supporters of Hadassah Australia and Jewish National Fund.
Innovative Treatment at Hadassah Preserves Young Patient’s Heart Without Trauma of Open-Heart Surgery
Thanks to a catheterization method of valve replacement, a 15-year-old girl’s life was preserved without the need for open-heart surgery.
Hadassah Researchers Identify Connection Between Natural Killer Cell and Cirrhosis
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have discovered that overexpression of an immune system Natural Killer (NK) cell called Neuroligin 4 can trigger cirrhosis of the liver by preventing the body from combating scarring.
Dr. Mushira Aboodia, Hadassah Gynecologist and Sexual Abuse Specialist, Gives Presentation at Hadassah New York Headquarters
While in the United States for training in evaluating children who have been physically or sexually abused, Hadassah Medical Center Senior Gynecologist/Obstetrician and Sexual Abuse Specialist Dr. Mushira Aboodia gave a presentation at Hadassah’s New York headquarters about the work of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Bat Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse.
Hadassah Researchers Witness Heart’s Ability to Heal Itself
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center witnessed the ability of the heart to heal itself, in the course of conducting a study on sheep where they implanted a stent into the left atrial appendage and found tissue growing inside the stent.
Preserving Memory Explored at Annual Women's Health Day Hosted by Hadassah’s Women’s Health Center
“Memory and Preservation” was the focus of this year’s Women’s Health Day sponsored by the Hadassah Medical Center’s Patricia and Russell Fleischman Center for Women's Health at the Israel Museum.
Neuro-Cognitive Center Director Presented Hadassah Model for Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at International Biomedical Conference
Representing Israel at the 2013 International TedMed Conference, which showcases innovations in medical and biotechnology, Dr. Itai Berger, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Neuro-Cognitive Center, presented Hadassah’s model for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The Miracle of Cochlear Implants: Enabling Deaf Children and Adults to Hear
Adiel, who lost his hearing when he contracted meningitis at the age of six months, can speak, enjoy music, and develop language skills, similar to his peers, thanks to successful cochlear implant surgery at the Hadassah Medical Center.
What's Happening at Hadassah
Looking back, I have to say that the technologies and treatments that have emerged in the past 25 years have dramatically changed the way we practice medicine and significantly improved the way we treat patients. And, in the last few months as Acting Director General of HMO, I became even more aware of the role Hadassah has played in advancing this medical revolution.
Hadassah Introduces New Smartphone Application for Patients
With the goal of offering more efficient service to patients and attracting new patients, the Hadassah Medical Center has introduced a new smartphone application.
Estelle Rubinstein: Hadassah’s New Director of Social Work
Estelle Rubinstein (left), Deputy Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Department of Social Work, has been named Director, succeeding Rita Avramov (right), who is retiring after a 42-year career at Hadassah---12 of them as head of the Department.
Renowned Hadassah Physicians Receive Further Recognition
Prof. David Branski, Hadassah Medical Center Pediatrician and former head of the Pediatrics Division, is this year's recipient of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition’s “Distinguished Service Award,” presented at the association’s annual meeting.
Hadassah Hosts Israel Heart Society Conference Highlighting Israel’s Cardiac Innovations
With Prof. Chaim Lotan, head of Hadassah’s Heart Institute and Outgoing President of the Israel Heart Society (IHS) as host along with IHS Secretary-General Dr. Amit Segev, over 1,000 cardiologists from around the world participated in the IHS’s international conference in Jerusalem, celebrating its 60th anniversary and spotlighting Israel’s major contributions to the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Palestinian Authority Health Minister Visits Patients at Hadassah and Emphasizes Medical Cooperation
The Palestinian Authority's Minister of Health, Dr. Hani Abdeen, visited patients at Hadassah Hospital on May 5th and emphasized the importance of cooperation with Hadassah in healing, teaching, and research.
Hadassah Launches New Center for Treating Pediatric Vascular Defects
The Hadassah Medical Center has opened a multidisciplinary facility to treat pediatric vascular defects—a first for Israel.
2013 World Down Syndrome Day Conference Hosted by Hadassah Medical Center
As Efrat Dotan, a 29-year-old young woman with Down syndrome, opened the proceedings, the 2013 World Down Syndrome Day conference was launched at the Hadassah Medical Center, with over 400 people in attendance.
Hadassah Researchers Discover Reason For Life-Threatening Infections in Infants That Lead to Bone Marrow Failure
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center has discovered the reason behind recurrent life-threatening infections in infants that has led to bone marrow failure.
Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue Dedicated at Hadassah Hospital
The new Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower was dedicated on April 25, 2013.
Artist Creates Curtain to Adorn Torah Ark in Synagogue of Hadassah’s New Hospital Tower
Artist as well as Life Member Sharon Binder, who immigrated to Israel in 1983, has designed an original parochet (ark curtain) and shulchan (table) cover for the torahs at the Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Hadassah Medical Center Announces New Director for Department of Surgery
Prof. Aviram Nissan has been named head of the Department of Surgery at the Hadassah Medical Center, succeeding Prof. Avi Rivkind, who has completed his tenure of 10 years in that position. Prof. Rivkind continues as Director of Hadassah’s Trauma Unit and Senior Physician in the Department of General Surgery.
Hadassah to Participate in Global Stem Cell Research Consortium on Alzheimer’s Disease
The Hadassah Medical Center is one of the prestigious participants in a global consortium sponsored by the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF), aimed at employing stem cells to eventually uncover the cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, M.D., Ph.D, head of Hadassah’s Department of Neurology, is spearheading the research at Hadassah, which has received an initial grant of $100,000 from Cure for this purpose.
Caring for Soldiers at the Hadassah Medical Center
The Hadassah Medical Center’s close relationship with Israel’s military includes a special program for soldiers entitled Yakar, the Hebrew word for cherished.
Dr. Tomer Tzur: A Portrait of a Hadassah Physician/Soldier
Dr. Tomer Tzur, Hadassah Medical Center Plastic Surgeon, specializing in reconstructive surgery as well as running the world’s largest skin bank at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, is also a member of the Israel Defense Force’s elite commando unit.
Three Generations of Hadassah Healing: A Profile
Meet a three-generation Hadassah family, choosing to serve the health care needs of Israel: Hannah Gofrit, Holocaust survivor and Public Health Nurse for Hadassah’s Tipat Chalav (Well-Baby Clinics); her son, Prof. Ofer Gofrit, Senior Urologist at the Hadassah Medical Center; and Hannah’s granddaughter, Shany Gofrit, a fourth year student at Hadassah's School of Military Medicine.
Hadassah Researchers Discover Gene that Compromises Respiratory System
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center have discovered the gene that causes primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare condition that compromises the functioning of the cilia, the minute protective hairs in the respiratory system, thereby resulting in repeated lung infections, sinusitis, frequent ear infections, and fertility problems. In about half of the cases, the mutation also causes organs to develop in “mirror image” of one another, so that, for example, the heart develops on the right side of the chest instead of on the left, while the liver grows on the left and the stomach and spleen on the right.
A Blog Post from the Acting Director General: What's happening at Hadassah
Earlier this week, as I do every year, I stood silently in the hospital with hundreds of members of the Hadassah family, moved by the mournful wail of the two-minute siren that officially marks Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
A Blog Post: What's Happening at Hadassah
It is my privilege and pleasure to continue the tradition of HMO Directors General and periodically share with you some of the interesting and exciting events that take place every day here at HMO. A few weeks ago, during our monthly Birthday Breakfasts with our interns, I became aware of a significant generation gap – not a chronological one as much as an experiential one.
Hadassah: Source of Prolific Research and Scientific Publications
With the deep conviction that research is the essence of medicine, the Hadassah Medical Center’s physicians/researchers are committed to translating research insights into practical advances that not only prolong, but also enhance quality of life. Each year, their findings and analyses appear in hundreds of articles within prestigious scientific journals.
“Complicated” Cardiac Patient Thanks Hadassah
Having been in and out of hospitals frequently, a cardiac patient wrote to thank the team at the Hadassah Medical Center for their “patience and so many smiles, not to mention professionalism and patient care.”
Tchaikovsky “Flashwaltz” Comes to Hadassah Hospital
Students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance took a classical approach to the flashmob as they flash-waltzed to Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers at the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Hadassah Medical Center: One of Eight ASHA Grantees in the Middle East
Through the United States Agency for International Development’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program, the Hadassah Medical Center—one of eight grantees in the Middle East--received over one million dollars in Fiscal Year 2012 to upgrade its surgical equipment.
Hadassah Celebrates Gift of Torah Scrolls to Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue
The last two letters were inscribed and then, with a festive procession, Hadassah celebrated the donation by Isaac Zaoui of two new Torah scrolls to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower’s Moshe Saba Masri Synagogue.
Daughter Expresses Admiration for Sensitivity Shown Her 92-year-old Dad at Hadassah
“On Sunday, late at night, I arrived at the Emergency Room at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem with my son and my 92-year-old father. A few hours earlier, my father fell at home and cut his right ear. Since it was my son’s Bar Mitzvah and there was not too much bleeding, we waited a few hours at home.
First in Israel: Technological Breakthrough in Knee Replacement at Hadassah
Using Zimmer® iASSIST™--a unique personalized guidance system involving a gyroscope and WiFi technology--surgeons at the Hadassah Medical Center have performed four successful knee replacements.
Grateful Daughter Thanks Hadassah for Father’s Care
An 84-year-old man, in critical condition, was brought to the Hadassah Medical Center; his daughter later wrote to salute Hadassah for the quality of concern her father experienced in Internal Medicine B on Mount Scopus
Psychiatric Patient Commends “Future Generation of Physicians” at Hadassah
A patient who was hospitalized for two months in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Psychiatry Department wrote to express his appreciation for the “unlimited dedication” of his physician.
Hadassah Medical Team Brings Palestinian Patient from Nablus to Its Intensive Care Unit
While Palestinians are an integral part of the Hadassah Medical Center’s regular inpatient and outpatient populations, for the first time, a Hadassah physician went to a Nablus hospital within the Palestinian Authority to bring a Palestinian patient to Hadassah for treatment.
Graduates of Hadassah’s International Master’s of Public Health Program Say It Changed Their Lives
“For a growing number of public health professionals from 90 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, and other parts of the developing world, the road to career success and influence runs through Jerusalem,” writes Judy Siegel-Itzkovich in her Jerusalem Post article about the graduates of the International Master’s of Public Health (IMPH) program at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
Dr. Aziz Darawsha Named Chair of Emergency Medicine at Hadassah-Hospital Ein Kerem
Dr. Aziz Darawsha, former Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine (ER) at the Emek Medical Center in Israel’s northern town of Afula, has been appointed Chair of Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
Baby Who Swallowed a Date Pit Is Rescued at Hadassah
One recent Friday night, frightened parents arrived at the emergency room of Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus with their eight-week-old son, who was struggling to breathe after his older brother had given him an unpitted date to eat.
First in Israel: Hadassah Surgeons Perform Surgical Procedure With No Incisions
Hadassah Medical Center surgeons recently performed a gastroenterological surgical procedure using the POEM (Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) method, which does not involve incisions.
Hadassah’s ART-Joy-Love Project Continues to Nurture Ethiopian Orphans Who Have HIV/AIDS
As part of the Hadassah Medical Center’s ART-Joy-Love project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, devoted to helping orphans with HIV/AIDS, Hadassah’s health professionals once again traveled to Ethiopia for a multi-layered outreach—this time including an art show which showcased the work of talented teenagers from the orphanages.
Hadassah’s Dr. Amal Bishara Receives “Outstanding Woman Scientist Award” from US Department of State
Dr. Amal Bishara, initiator and head of the Hadassah Medical Center's Arab Bone Marrow Registry Outreach Project, has been named “an outstanding woman scientist in the Middle East and North Africa” by the United States Department of State.
International Conference on Challenges in Liver Disease Honors World-Renowned Hadassah Liver Specialist
About 200 health professionals--including 20 of the world’s leading liver specialists from France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States--attended an international conference on liver disease at the Hadassah Medical Center in January, where they honored Hadassah’s Prof. Daniel Shouval upon his 70th birthday.
Hadassah Medical Center Appoints New Director of Pediatric Intensive Care
Dr. Philip Toltzis, Interim Chief of the Division of Pharmacology and Critical Care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, has been appointed Director of Pediatric Intensive Care. He succeeds the late Dr. Ido Yatziv and Acting Director Dr. Jacques Braun.
Appreciative Parent of Child with Down Syndrome Praises Hadassah Medical Center
A mother of a child with Down Syndrome, who recently immigrated to Israel, shared her great admiration and appreciation for the Hadassah Medical Center’s National Center for Down Syndrome.
The Birth of Hila’s Baby: A Tribute to Hadassah Medical Center Ingenuity and Perseverance
When 35-year-old Hila failed to conceive despite 13 rounds of treatment in 4 different centers in Israel, fertility specialists at the Hadassah Medical Center suggested they try a slightly different approach.
Hadassah Medical Center Professor Funds Creation of Prize for Medical Residents in Memory of His Daughter
Hadassah Medical Center Prof. Emeritus Shaoul Ouzel "Uzi" Anteby and his wife, Noga, have established the Rinat Anteby Shafran Prize for Excellence in Research and Teaching by Medical Residents, in memory of their daughter, who passed away five years ago from ovarian cancer.
BrainStorm Stem Cell Therapy for ALS is Fast-Tracked to New Phase
The ALS PhaseI/II safety trial of Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics’ NurOwn stem cell therapy has been fast tracked to a Phase IIa dose-escalating trial by Israel’s Ministry of Health and will be launched “immediately” at the Hadassah Medical Center, reports this leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases.
Hadassah Medical Center Physician Discovers a New Type of Lethal Mushroom
In treating a patient who suffered from massive congestive heart failure and a malfunctioning liver, Dr. Yuval Horwich, a resident in the department of internal medicine at the Hadassah Medical Center, discovered that the man had eaten a poisonous mushroom, which he had picked in the Jerusalem forest.
Hadassah Medical Center Patient Praises Caring Staff
A woman with a malignant melanoma who was treated at the Hadassah Medical Center wrote to say that her Hadassah surgeon cared for her “with endless devotion.”
Hadassah Researchers Investigate Link Between “Love Hormone” and Development of Autism
Researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center are investigating the connection between lower levels of the hormone, oxytocin, during pregnancy and the development of autism.
New Test Developed at Hadassah Predicts Presence of Harmful BRCA Mutation Which Can Trigger Breast Cancer
Israeli researchers, led by Dr. Asher Salmon, then Senior Oncologist at the Hadassah Medical Center, developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in otherwise healthy women using a novel technology called gene expression profiling.
Stage Four Melanoma Patient Grateful to Hadassah for Personally Tailored Clinical Trial Which Has Offered Him “A Chance to Fight”
After being told there was no treatment that could save him, a Florida attorney with stage four melanoma received a new lease on life when he was accepted into a personally tailored melanoma vaccine clinical trial at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Ten-Million Dollar Gift Creates Cardiovascular Wellness Institute at Hadassah Medical Center
To empower and encourage women to make life choices that will preserve a healthy heart, the Hadassah Medical Center has received a ten-million dollar gift to create the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Institute.
Hadassah Physician/Researchers Identify Defective Gene and Halt Paralysis of Babies’ Limbs and Vocal Cords
Identifying the defective gene that has caused neuropathy in children of North African descent, physician/researchers at the Hadassah Medical Center have employed an experimental drug to prevent permanent paralysis of both muscle and vocal cords in four children.
Hadassah Welcomes New Head of Pediatrics at Ein Kerem Hospital
Professor Shimon Reif, a specialist in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology who recently headed the Department of Pediatrics at the Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, has been appointed head of Pediatrics at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem. He is replacing Prof. Dan Engelhard, who has completed 10 years in the role and will now serve as head of Hadassah’s Pediatric Infectious Diseases Unit.
Hadasit Sets Up Incubator Company to Develop Stent Locator
To develop a unique stent locator based on the work of three Hadassah Medical Center heart specialists, Hadasit, Hadassah’s Technology Transfer Company, has created an incubator company entitled AOL Medical.
Hadassah Medical Center Saves the Lives of Triplets
Carrying triplets, a 49-year-old woman was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Center’s High-risk Pregnancy Unit when she experienced swollen legs and contractions during her 26th week of pregnancy.
Radiology and Oncology Team at Hadassah Save Little Girl’s Eye
The Hadassah Medical Center’s radiologists and oncologists joined forces to save the life and the sight of a seven-year-old girl afflicted with a cancerous tumor in her eye that was causing her eyeball to bulge out of its socket.
Little Girl with Large Mass Relieved of Breathing Difficulty by Hadassah
An eight-year-old girl was having difficulty breathing and was scheduled for a bronchoscopy at the Hadassah Medical Center; Hadassah’s physicians discovered that a large mass was the cause.
Grateful Patients Thank Hadassah Medical Center on Daily Basis
Whether it is from a pregnant woman needing to spend part of her pregnancy as an inpatient or a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy, the Hadassah University Medical Center receives letters of appreciation on a daily basis.
A Poignant Moment at the Hadassah Medical Center
Two boys, about six to eight years old, stood next to the nurses' station in the Pediatrics Department at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Man Survives Life-Threatening Bite by Microorganism, Thanks to Hadassah
When a 53-year-old man was hospitalized at the Hadassah Medical Center in unstable condition, suffering from sepsis, a severe systemic inflammatory response, an extensive set of tests revealed that he had been bitten by a microorganism called Rickettsia.
Correct Diagnosis of Mysterious Fever Saves Man’s Life at Hadassah
When a 50-year-old man came to the Hadassah Medical Center with a mysterious fever and difficulty breathing, the cause was difficult to determine and standard treatment for his clinical systems did not stop his decline.
Hadassah: Renowned in Noninvasive Removal of Kidney Stones
One of the first hospitals in the world to acquire a lithotripter--which revolutionized the elimination of kidney stones with noninvasive shock wave therapy—the Hadassah Medical Center today houses the largest Kidney Stone Treatment Center in Israel.
Diary of a Director General: The Determination of Dr. Duvdevani
It is really quite hard to absorb the killings that took place last week in Connecticut and truly heartbreaking to think about the pain of the parents and families, indeed of the entire community. As doctors, we are often called upon to make the emotional switch from death to life; in our personal lives, it is much more difficult. Here I would like to share with you my visit to the Endourology and Lithotripsy Unit and my conversation with its Director, Dr. Mordechai Duvdevani.
And Then They were a Family of Five: a Story of a Couple’s Perseverance and Hadassah’s Help
Unable to bring a pregnancy to term, Vered, thanks to her determination and perseverance and fortified with the help of the Hadassah Medical Center’s fertility specialists, eventually became the mother of three babies.
Hadassah Anesthesiologists Work Around Woman’s Fear of Entering a Hospital
When a woman who needed dental surgery became hysterical with fear as she drove up to the hospital, unable to gain the courage to enter, Hadassah Medical Center Senior Anesthesiologist Prof. Alex Avidan and Prof. Eliezer Kauffman, Director of Dental Anesthesia, came out to her car.
Diary of a Director General: Miracles on Mt. Scopus
As our Chanukah dreidls remind us, more than 2,000 years ago, “A great miracle happened here.” But here at Hadassah, great miracles happen every day--so many, in fact, that I had a hard time choosing which to tell you about.
Initiated in Israel, Clinical Trial for Innovative Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Expands to United States
A clinical trial with TL-118 --a new treatment for metastatic pancreatic cancer--that has been ongoing at the Hadassah University Medical Center and three other oncology centers in Israel, has been expanded to the United States.
Hadassah Medical Center Intervention Program for Kids with Cognitive Problems is Piloted in Jerusalem School System
Dr. Itai Berger, Director of Hadassah’s Pediatric Neuro-Cognitive Center, and his team have created a model for early diagnosis and intervention with children who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Learning Disabilities (LD,) which is being piloted in the Jerusalem school system.
Head of Hadassah’s Pediatric Urology Department Joins Surgical Colleagues in the Operating Room at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Dr. Ezekiel Landau, Director of the Pediatric Urology Department at the Hadassah University Medical Center, recently joined his surgical colleagues in the operating room at Cincinnati (Ohio) Children’s Hospital Medical Center as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two medical institutions.
Hadassah Pioneers New Treatment for Liver Cancer
The Hadassah University Medical Center, for the first time in Israel, has pioneered a new treatment for liver cancer, using a direct flow of high-voltage electric current to destroy a malignant tumor.
Enlivex Successfully Completes First Trial for Treatment of Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GVHD)
Enlivex – a Hadasit start-up company (under HBL) which develops a preventive immune-modulatory treatment invented by Prof. Dror Mevorach and his laboratory at Hadassah Medical Center - has successfully completed the first Phase I/IIa clinical trial for testing the safety and preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of ApoCell in the prevention and treatment of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a devastating and potentially life-threatening complication that occurs in 50-70% of patients receiving bone-marrow transplantation.
Diary of a Director General: Quite Close to Home
As I write this, negotiations for a ceasefire are taking place, while rockets and missiles continue to hit Israeli cities and towns--some a considerable distance from the Gaza Strip. This is a very difficult time, a very challenging time, yet there is a hope for a better future.
The Gaza Situation and the Hadassah Hospital: Update
The Hadassah Director of External Relations updates the role of the Hadassah Hospitals as the conflict continues in Gaza
A Tribute to Prof. Saul Merin: Hadassah Ophthalmologist Who Built Bridges to Peace Through Medicine
Through his long-time collaboration with the St. John Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem, Prof. Saul Merin, Hadassah University Medical Center ophthalmologist, was a role model for building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians through medicine.
Hadassah’s Community Health Program Celebrates Graduation of New Group of Volunteers
The Hadassah Medical Center’s Community Health Promotion Program for women aged 60 and above in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem celebrated the graduation of 42 volunteer leaders in September.
Pediatrics Wing B on Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus: State-of-the-Art Care in a Top-Notch Space
Since the opening of the renovated and expanded Pediatrics Wing B at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus in February 2011, more than 3,000 children, mirroring the diversity of Israel’s population, have been hospitalized in the new state-of-the-art space.
Hadasit, Hadassah’s Technology Transfer Arm, Reviews 2012’s Accomplishments
When the Hadassah University Medical Center’s physicians suggest a solution to a medical problem which can lead to the development of a new medicine or product, Hadasit, Hadassah’s technology transfer arm, explores its feasibility and supports the promotion of those viable ideas with innovation potential.
Diary of a Director General: The Ultimate Start-Up
With the publication of Start-Up Nation, the phrase has become synonymous with Israeli imagination and invention. Yet long before this informative book was published, long before computers became commonplace, even long before Israel was founded, the Hadassah Medical Organization fashioned the template for healthcare start-ups.
Hadassah Physicians Focus on Quality of Life Issues for Young Eye Cancer Patients
While over 95 percent of children are cured of retinoblastoma, a malignant tumor of the eye, the Hadassah University Medical Center’s specialists are focusing on the quality of life (QOL) issues that plague these young patients.
Diary of a Director General: The Epitome of Excellence
There are many ways to measure excellence. Some people judge by reputation or demand, and they are important criteria, but for us at HMO the yardstick for excellence is the level of performance--in the past, in the present and the potential for the future.
Patient Number Three Saved at Hadassah with World-First Stem Cell Treatment
With a world-first placental stem-cell (PLX) treatment, developed by Pluristem, doctors at the Hadassah University Medical Center have saved the life of a third patient suffering from bone marrow disease.
Child Treated at Hadassah for Cystic Fibrosis Celebrated Her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem
Thanks to on-going treatment provided by Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Pediatrics and the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Hadassah Medical Center, Shefa Shukrun, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was able to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem this summer.
Hadassah Specialists Conduct Clinical Trial to Relieve Depression with Deep Brain Stimulation
A multidisciplinary team at the Hadassah Medical Center is testing the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to alleviate depression in severely affected patients.
Hadassah Cardiologists Initiate International Heart Valve Summit
As members of an international consortium of leading scientists studying the heart’s mitral valve, Hadassah Medical Center cardiologists invited their colleagues to meet in Jerusalem for a first International Heart Valve Summit of the Israel Heart Society.
Hadassah and Boston Cardiologists Identify Factor Which Exacerbates Heart Failure
In a series of experiments, Dr. Ronen Beeri, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Hadassah Medical Center, and Dr. Robert Levine, Senior Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, have demonstrated that mitral regurgitation augments the remodeling process occurring after a myocardial infarction which, in turn, exacerbates further heart failure.
Hadassah Medical Center Signs Collaboration Agreement with European Medical Center of Moscow
The Hadassah University Medical Center has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Medical Center (EMC) of Moscow, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experience between clinical specialists in the two medical institutions.
Hadassah International Delegates to Meet Hadassah Medical Experts at Centennial Convention in Jerusalem
Hadassah International's Delegates will be privileged to hear about some of the remarkable medical breakthroughs coming out of Hadassah at the Centennial Convention in Jerusalem, Oct. 16-19, 2012.
Diary of a Director General: New Year, New Beginnings
For as long as I can remember, Hadassah has always been known for its superb and talented staff that produced a high level of excellence in clinical care, teaching and research. That is true as true today as it was yesterday. However, we have an obligation to our patients and ourselves to ensure it will be true tomorrow – and all the tomorrows that follow.
Diary of a Director General: August is in the Air
There is something about the air in Israel in August that feels different. Even though we continue to experience what seems like an unrelenting heat wave, “with temperatures higher than normal for the season,” there is a hint of fall in the air, of a return to the normal routine that the beginning of the school year brings--the school year that began today.
Hadassah Medical Center Receives Accolades from Founder of French Institute of International Affairs
Finding himself in the Ophthalmology Department at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem with an eye problem needing urgent care, Founder of the French Institute of International Affairs Dominique Moisi witnessed “the most comforting and hopeful signs that I have encountered in the entire region in many years.”
One of the Most Important Buildings of Jerusalem: the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
Described by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat as “one of the most important buildings in the city,” the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is the child of many--from donors to designers, dreamers to doers
Hadassah/Melbourne Brain Cancer Collaboration: An Alliance with Impact
Initiated by Hadassah Australia, the collaboration between Prof. Tali Siegal, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Gaffin Neuro-oncology Center, and Prof. Andrew Kaye, head of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia, has turned out to be a winning alliance for brain cancer monitoring and targeted treatment.
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Students Hold Terror Drill at Jerusalem’s Light Rail Station
Hadassah-Hebrew University medical students simulated a terror attack on Jerusalem’s new light rail as their final test at the completion of a 10-day trauma course.
Hadassah Receives Highest Number of Medical Research Grants from Israel Science Foundation
The Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the most prestigious scientific fund in Israel, has awarded Hadassah physicians and researchers 7.5 grants.
Hadassah Medical Center Physicians and Orthopedic Nurse Gain International Recognition for Their Expertise
Several Hadassah University Medical Center medical professionals have won prestigious awards and gained recognition internationally.
Placental Stem Cell Therapy Saves Hadassah Patient with Bone Marrow Failure
A woman with terminal bone marrow failure was saved at the Hadassah Medical Center with placental stem cell therapy, marking the second successful treatment of a patient with this life-threatening medical condition in three months.
Cell Cure Neurosciences Receives Grant of $1.33 Million From Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist
Cell Cure Neurosciences Ltd., whose Chief Scientific Officer is Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff--Director of its Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center--received a 1.3 million-dollar grant from Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) to help finance its development of a treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Hadassah Cardiologists Find That Vitamin D Supplementation Increases Survival for Heart Failure Patients
Noting that Vitamin D deficiency is “highly prevalent” in patients with heart failure (HF) and “a significant predictor of reduced survival,” Hadassah Medical Center physicians determined that Vitamin D supplementation was associated with improved outcome.
Diary of a Director General: The Mind is a Mysterious Place
In the last decade, researchers in neurology, neurosurgery and related fields have made major advances in understanding the mind and the impact of diseases and disorders on its many functions. Heightened understanding has led to changes in treatment protocols and advances in treatments themselves. Prof. Tamir Ben-Hur, Head of the Department of Neurology, was the driving force behind the creation of Hadassah’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, one of the many places where this new approach is especially evident.
New Trial Drug Cures Patient with ALS
A new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) based on stem cell technology and now in clinical trials at the Hadassah University Medical Center, appears to have cured an Orthodox Rabbi in Israel who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
Muslim Reporter for New York Times Spotlights Egalitarian Atmosphere at Hadassah Medical Center
When Prof. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Heart Institute, met Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The New York Times, who was in Jerusalem to cover an international event, he invited her to visit Hadassah. When she met with Ron Krumer, Director of External Affairs for Hadassah, she explained that her role as a columnist for the international edition of theTimes was to write about Moslem women. Mr. Krumer arranged for her to speak with several Palestinian women who work at Hadassah.
Hadassah Expert in Fetal Medicine Saves Fetus with Small Chance of Survival
A fetus with a hiatus hernia that led its abdominal organs to be compressed within the chest, was saved by Hadassah Fetal Medicine Expert Dr. Yuval Gielchinsky, using an innovative treatment that is only being performed in five to six medical centers in the world.
Hadassah Researchers Develop Animal-Component Free, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines, Suitable for Human Transplantation
Researchers at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem have produced, for the first time, under Good Manufacturing Practices ( GMP) conditions, lines of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for transplantation that are free of animal components.