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Hadassah’s Outreach to Palestinian Colleagues--Stronger than Ever
Whether it is offering Palestinian medical residents a specialty fellowship at the Hadassah Medical Center or helping to set up a Cystic Fibrosis Center in Gaza, Hadassah’s health professionals are continually reaching out to improve medical care for their Palestinian neighbors.
Profile of a Hadassah Hero: Dr. David Rekhtman
While on a break from serving with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza, Dr. David Rekhtman, head of the Pediatric Emergency Room at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, came to visit one of the dozen wounded soldiers from his unit. This was his first day back at work after three weeks of serving in reserve duty.
Victim of Terror Saved at Hadassah Now Delivers Baby Boy
Adi Hudja Peretz, who almost lost her life in a terror attack 13 years ago, has delivered a healthy baby boy at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem.
Israeli Paratrooper Begins His Physiotherapy at Hadassah
Israeli Paratrooper Hayim Levtov, who sustained hand and leg injuries while fighting in Gaza, began physiotherapy at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus.
Israeli Hero Treated at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus
Israeli Prison Service Officer Ariel Twitto was on his way to pick up his children from nursery school camp after accompanying a prisoner to court when he and fellow officer, Elad Biton, heard someone shouting “Piguah! “ (Terror attack!).
Hadassah Surgeon Ahmed Eid Performs Life-Saving Surgery on Jerusalem Terror Victim
Prof. Ahmed Eid, head of the Department of General Surgery at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, performed life-saving surgery on Chen Schwartz, the Israeli soldier who was shot twice at close range by a terrorist on a motor scooter in Jerusalem.
Wounded Paratrooper Ready to Go Home
Last week, Paratrooper Oron Ronen’s sunny, single room in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower was full of candy, fruit, and small electric appliances. These were all gifts for the wounded soldier, who was injured in Israel's latest defense mission, Operation Protective Edge. After two weeks at Hadassah, he was finally ready to go home.
Palestinian Pediatric Patient Has Good Prognosis Following Liver Surgery at Hadassah
Eleven-month-old Sanad is recovering in the pediatric surgery ward of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center. His aunt, Basma is keeping a watchful eye on the curly-haired wide-eyed child.
Terrorism flares in Jerusalem area: Terror victims at Hadassah Hospital
A third terrorist attack occurred in the area of northern Jerusalem, the third attack in 24-hours.
Terror Hits Jerusalem: Equip the Tower Today
Our doctors and nurses must stand ready to receive wounded soldiers or victims of terror attacks every day! The need for the most efficient, ultramodern operating rooms does not end. Although there is currently a truce, which we hope will mark an end to the fighting, three terror incidents in the heart of Jerusalem occurred in the last two days; seven patients were rushed to Hadassah hospitals.
Operation Protective Edge: At Hadassah Medical Organization
I was privileged to visit some of the wounded soldiers at Hadassah Hospital. I also toured the unfinished operating rooms at the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. Seeing the soldiers brought the message home: it is urgent that we finish equipping the first 13 ORs.
Romanian Medical Student Thanks Hadassah for Giving Him His Life Back
While on vacation, shortly before he was to begin medical school, David Fintzi was electrocuted when he touched an active power line as he got on a train. The jolt, he said, “blew me right off!”
Heart Attack? Hadassah Protocol Saves Lives
The Hadassah Medical Center’s protocol for victims of heart attacks translates into 34 minutes from the time a patient arrives at Hadassah until the blocked artery is opened, relates Prof. Haim Danenberg, Director of Interventional Cardiology. This is the shortest time in Israel and one of the shortest times in the world, he says.
World-Renowned Mathematician, Near Death, Saved at Hadassah’s Trauma Unit
When last October, David Kazhdan, world-renowned mathematician, Talmud scholar, and biker was run over by the wheel of a tractor-trailer while bicycling with his son, he was brought to the Hadassah Medical Center’s Trauma Unit close to death.
Shahar: Dawn of a New Healthy Life, Thanks to Hadassah’s Oncology Team
The difficult journey from a diagnosis of leukemia through life-saving treatment at the Hadassah Medical Center began for Shahar at about age six when she began to feel extremely tired in ballet class and found herself wanting to sleep an abnormal amount.
Operation Protective Edge Update: Hadassah Solidarity Mission
Hadassah National President Marcie Natan and a group of Hadassah leaders from the US flew to Israel on July 27 for a brief, but intense, tour of specific areas in Israel affected by Operation Protective Edge. They have visited the following places so far:
Hadassah On Alert: Operation Protective Edge
Wounded Israeli soldiers are being airlifted from Gaza to HMO’s trauma center in Jerusalem. Because of our world-renowned trauma physicians, the soldiers are alive and recovering.
President-elect and Jerusalem mayor visit wounded soldiers in Hadassah Hospital
In an act of solidarity with wounded IDF soldiers, President- elect Reuven Rivlin and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visited eight of the wounded and their families at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.
Art Therapy Enhances Healing at Hadassah
For the past eight years, students of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design have been meeting regularly with hospital patients at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus to enhance their healing. The students come in pairs, once a week for four hours, and facilitate art activities with the patients and their family members, enabling them to express their emotions through art and to experience the fun of creating their own works of art.
Hadassah Researcher Honored with Prestigious Prize for Blood Discovery
Principal Investigator Dr. Rinat Abramovitch of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy has been awarded a grant from the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) for her work regarding the beneficial effect of using fresh blood for transfusions in surgery patients.
IVF Babies: A Gift of Israel and Hadassah to Its People
Unlike countries where couples often spend their entire life savings trying to conceive a child with the help of expensive medical intervention such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), Israel provides free IVF until a woman has two babies or reaches age 45.
International Symposium on Pancreatic Disease Headed Up by Hadassah Specialist
Jerusalem hosted an international symposium on June 8th dealing with inherited diseases of the pancreas, organized by Prof. Michael Wilschanski, Director of Hadassah’s Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit, along with Prof. Markus M. Lerch of Greifswald University Hospital, Germany, and Prof. David C. Whitcomb of the University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Hadassah Medical Organization agreement signed
We are very pleased to inform you that an agreement to ensure the financial stability of the Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem for the next 7 years has been reached between the Hadassah Medical Organization, the Government of Israel and Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Please see the statement that was released by Hadassah in New York on June 24, 2014.
Hadassah’s Prof. Eitan Kerem Receives European Cystic Fibrosis Society 2014 Prize
Prof. Eitan Kerem, world-renowned cystic fibrosis specialist and head of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Division of Pediatrics, has been awarded the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS)’s 2014 prize for his outstanding work in CF.
International “No Smoking Day 2014” and Hadassah’s COPD Center
In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s “No Smoking Day 2014,” the Hadassah Medical Center’s employees and visitors received up-to-date information about the negative health effects of smoking as well as advice on therapeutic interventions to help them delete this habit from their lives.
From Jerusalem’s Running Track to Hadassah’s Catheterization Lab: A Cardiologist Saves Another Life
One recent Friday afternoon, Dr. Haim Danenberg, Director of Interventional Cardiology at the Hadassah Medical Center, was out for a run, cell phone strapped to his forearm, as is his tradition. When he received the call that he was needed for emergency heart surgery, he immediately came to Hadassah’s Catheterization Laboratory to greet Michael Kosofsky, who just suffered a heart attack.
BioLineRx to Commence Phase 1 Stem Cell Trial at Hadassah Medical Center
BioLineRx Ltd. has received approval from the Israeli Ministry of Health to commence a Phase 1 trial for BL-8040, a novel treatment for mobilizing stem cells from the bone marrow for treating acute myeloid leukemia, as well as other hematological malignancies. The study is expected to begin during the third quarter of 2014 at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Palestinian Children Embrace Heart Health, Thanks to Hadassah
Dr. Donna Zfat-Zwas, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women, joined her team on a visit to two Palestinian East Jerusalem schools recently to see how well the Center’s heart health message is playing out among the children and their mothers.
Abu Ghosh Volunteer Entertainers Brighten the Spirits of Hadassah’s Pediatric Patients
The Middle Eastern sounds and rhythms of the Salametcom Debka Dance Group regularly raise the spirits of pediatric patients and their families at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Hadassah’s Emergency Room Chiefs Forge Bond with Community Pediatricians
To bridge the gaps between pediatric emergency room and community medical care, Hadassah’s Emergency Room (ER) chiefs reached out to neighborhood physicians and medics to share information and initiate a dialogue.
Hadassah Director General resigns, new interim Director General appointed
It is with regret that the Board of Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) has accepted the resignation of Director General Avigdor Kaplan. Professor Tamar Peretz, head of the oncology division with more than two decades of experience leading the Sharett Institute of Oncology, will serve as interim Director General of HMO.
Exclusive International Orthopedic Society Invites Hadassah Medical Center Into Its Fold
The exclusive International Society of Orthopaedic Centers (ISOC) has announced that it is expanding its membership to include one center in the Middle East: the Hadassah Medical Center.
Father of Ten Suffers Massive Stroke, but Saved by Hadassah
When a 41-year-old father of ten was not feeling well, he went to his local hospital, but was released because the doctors found nothing wrong. On his way home, however, he had a massive stroke.
New Hadassah Medical Center Clinical Trial Data Show Promise for Stem Cell Therapy in Treating ALS
Interim results from Israel’s BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics’ Phase IIa stem cell clinical trial, conducted at the Hadassah Medical Center for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are promising.
Hadassah and the Government of Israel reach agreement on recovery of the Hadassah Medical Organization
Hadassah International shares the good news from Jerusalem that the Court has approved the recovery plan for the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO). This plan will put HMO on the path to financial stability, while preserving Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America’s (HWZOA) ownership and control of HMO.
Hadassah Specialists reach out to the community to educate about the importance of early diagnosis, prevention and treatment for Amblyopia (lazy eye) in children
A Hadassah team of specialists led by Dr. Irene Anteby, the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Hadassah Medical Center, is reaching out to the community to offer information about preventing and treating Amblyopia, the common eye disorder which results in developing abnormal vision in infancy, affecting thousands of children.
Hadassah DNA expert helping sick kids
Professor Orly Elpeleg, a genetics authority at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital has been sharing her knowledge on children’s medical disorders with leading Melbourne doctors this week at a conference run by Australian-Israeli medical research initiative AUSiMED.
Pediatric Research collaboration between Hadassah and Australia
Researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem met in Melbourne for the first major pediatric research symposium organized by AUSiMED, a medical research initiative between Australia and Israel.
Prof. Alexander Margulis: Hadassah Pediatric Plastic Surgeon and Israel Navy Seal
As his “day job,” Prof. Alex Margulis heads the Hadassah Medical Center’s Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Unit, where children born with birth defects or injured in terrorist attacks are given a new lease on life. At the same time, Prof. Margulis, at age 47, is still active in the Shayetet 13 Reserves, Israel’s Navy Seals Special Forces.
Leadership time for Netanyahu: Start reimbursing Hadassah fairly
Having worsened the Hadassah hospital crisis by extending unfairly low reimbursements for consistently superior medical care, Israel’s government now risks bungling the response. Hippocrates was right: like any physician’s basic ethical obligation, a leader must first do no harm. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his coalition colleagues will stain their records permanently if they destroy these national treasures.
I have been receiving exceptional treatment at Hadassah
I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am that the Hadassah Hospital services the area that I live in. Hadassah, its various volunteers and its staff have been incredible. Even during the recent strike I received the most amazing treatment and care.
When I had a heart attack, Hadassah’s innovative procedures saved my life
I was at home on Kibbutz Tzorah when the chest pain started. I am grateful that my wife insisted that we go to the Kupat Cholim center. They gave me an ECG and immediately called the ambulance to take me to Hadassah Hospital, because with the Hadassah trained EMS and specially equipped ambulances, the treatment for my heart attack started the moment that the ambulance arrived.
Hadassah Critical Care Nurse to Talk About Treating Terrorists at US Conference
“It is not a question of if, but of when the next terrorist attack will occur; Boston today--your city, tomorrow,” explains Hadassah Medical Center Nurse Julie Benbenishty in the abstract for her presentation at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, being sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, May 19-22 in Denver, Colorado. About 8,000 nurses are expected to attend.
FDA Approves Multi-Center US Clinical Trials to Treat ALS with Israel Stem Cell Technology
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the start of multi-center Phase II clinical trials in the United States to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with adult stem cell technology first introduced by the Hadassah Medical Center’s Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, Senior Neurologist and head of Hadassah’s Multiple Sclerosis Center.
Hadassah Heart Specialists Reveal Detrimental Effect of Thyroid Imbalance on Heart Failure Patients
A study by the Hadassah Medical Center’s heart specialists has revealed that increased levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) are correlated with “worse clinical outcome” in patients suffering from heart failure. “Thyroid imbalance,” they report, “confers significant risk in heart failure and warrants attention.”
Insight into Pediatric Radiotherapy Treatment at Hadassah Provided to ALYN Colleagues
To gain a greater understanding of the radiation therapy and support that pediatric cancer patients receive at the Hadassah Medical Center, psychologists, social workers, and rehabilitation nurses from ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital, Israel's only pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility, visited Hadassah for an in-depth briefing and tour.
UK Prime Minister Briefed on Israel-UK Collaborative Stem Cell Research
During a recent visit to Israel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by Israel’s President, Shimon Peres, viewed an exhibition showcasing collaborative stem-cell research between the UK and the Hadassah Medical Center.
Hadassah Pioneer of Open Heart Surgery and Heart Transplants Shares Autobiography
Prof. Joseph Borman, Hadassah Medical Center cardiothoracic surgeon, who performed Israel’s first heart transplant, tells the story of his personal and professional life in a newly published autobiography, entitled Open Hearts: Memoirs of a Cardiac Surgeon.
California College Kids Speak Out About Peaceful Coexistence at Hadassah Medical Center
“When we walked into Hadassah, the diversity of people within the hospital--both patients and professionals--was striking,” report three Stanford (CA) University students, who spent their college winter break on a campus leaders mission to Israel, where they were impressed by patients and staff at the Hadassah Medical Center.
Shapshots of Three Post-Op Patients in Hadassah’s New Neurosurgery ICU
In the new Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit in the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, three patients recuperate!
Wounded by Gunfire, Ukranians Airlifted to Hadassah
Although Oleksandr Huch and Arten Zapototskyi did not know each other in their homeland of Ukraine, today they are roommates on the fifth floor of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower.
Hadassah’s Pediatrics Department Treated to Early Purim Celebration
With the Jewish holiday of Purim right around the corner, members of Israel’s National Service and various volunteers, dressed in their finest Purim attire, brought an early celebration to the pediatric patients at the Hadassah Medical Center. The costumed visitors’ excitement, enthusiasm, and positive energy lifted the spirits of patients and staff alike.
Volunteers Deliver Dose of Happiness to Hadassah Patients on
On the eighth annual "Good Deeds Day" in Israel--a day dedicated to performing good deeds on behalf of others—volunteers visited various departments at the Hadassah Medical Center to uplift the patients’ spirits.
Hadassah Motivates Israel’s Government to Campaign for Women’s Heart Health
Thanks to advocacy by the Hadassah Medical Center’s Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center, women’s heart health took center stage in Israel’s Knesset, with a special hearing in its Committee for the Status of Women and General Equality.
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 Hosts 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.