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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. Date: 8/5/2012


Australian Football Legend Visits Hadassah Medical Center
Peter Hudson, Australian football icon, visited Hadassah Hospital Ein-Kerem in July and spent some time with Dr. Yigal Shoshan, head of Neurosurgery at Hadassah. Date: 7/25/2012


Belgium’s Bordet Institute and Hadassah Medical Center Forge Alliance to Advance Cancer Research
The Bordet Institute of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and the Hadassah University Medical Center have signed an agreement of cooperation to advance cancer research. Date: 7/25/2012


Kenyan Doctor Achieves His Dream at Hadassah Medical Center
A Kenyan physician, the son of subsistence farmers from one of the poorest districts near the border of Tanzania, achieved his dream of becoming an interventional radiologist through a fellowship at the Hadassah University Medical Center. Date: 7/12/2012


Muslim Reporter Spotlights Egalitarian Atmosphere at HMO
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. Date: 7/12/2012


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 Hadassah, appears to have cured an Orthodox Rabbi in Israel who was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. Date: 7/3/2012


Hadassah Initiates Endoscopic Treatment for Babies' Blocked Esophagus, Replacing Risky Surgery
For the first time in Israel, doctors at the Hadassah University Medical Center are employing endoscopic intervention to correct fistula (abnormal connections of the esophagus and trachea) in babies, avoiding the risky conventional surgical option. Date: 6/26/2012


Hadassah Nurse Develops New Initiative to Ease Examination of Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
Thanks to the ingenuity of a Hadassah University Medical Center nurse, child victims of sexual abuse are being put at ease with therapeutic dolls, so they are more apt to allow clinical examination, which can provide officials with evidence against their attackers. Date: 6/26/2012


Hadassah Researchers Develop Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Suitable for Humans
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. Date: 6/26/2012


Cord Blood Stem Cells Improve Life for Baby with Brain Injury
With cord blood stem cells preserved at the Hadassah University Medical Center, an Israeli baby with a brain injury received a transplant at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, and was able to walk with a walker and wave her hand- which had previously been paralyzed.  Date: 6/15/2012


Gastroenterology Problem on a Mediterranean Cruise Lands Nebraskan at Hadassah
While on a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, Patrick Griffin from Nebraska became ill with a gastroenterology problem. When it was ultimately determined he needed surgery, Mr. Griffin’s sister connected him to an air ambulance company in Tel Aviv which, in turn, referred him to the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Prof. David Linton, Director of Intensive Care Medicine, who is also a pilot. Date: 6/15/2012


Hadassah Perseverance Ensures That Patient Gets a New Kidney
The persistence of the organ transplant coordinator at the Hadassah University Medical Center in reaching a patient who had been waiting for five years for a kidney ensured that he received one—after the police located him in synagogue, attending Shabbat morning services. Date: 6/15/2012


Hadassah Team Develops New Model Which May Save Women Unnecessary Interventions
A study team led by Dr. Carolyn F. Weiniger, an obstetrical anesthesiologist at the Hadassah University Medical Center, has developed a new model for identifying placenta accreta, the abnormal implantation of the placenta into the uterine wall.  Date: 6/15/2012


Hadassah’s Trauma Specialists Publish in Prestigious World Surgery Journal
In an article recently published in the World Journal of Surgery, Hadassah University Medical Center trauma specialists shared their finding: introducing an intensified, high-level supervision approach to trauma care decreases the percent of fatalities. Date: 6/15/2012


Hadassah-Belfast Collaboration Continues to Benefit Patients
A long-standing collaboration between the Hadassah University Medical Center and the Belfast (Ireland) City Hospital Trust Cardiac Anesthesia Department, which began with guest lectures in Israel and Ireland, has led to a joint research project using a ventilator invented in Israel. Date: 6/15/2012


International Team Including Hadassah Traces Hepatitis B Virus to 16th Century Korean Mummy
The discovery of a mummified Korean child with relatively preserved organs enabled an Israeli-South Korean scientific team to conduct genetic analysis which revealed a hepatitis B virus that is common in Southeast Asia. The research team is comprised of scientists from the Hadassah University Medical Center’s Liver Unit; the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and Dankook University and Seoul National University in South Korea. Date: 6/15/2012


Israeli Ministry of Health Announces It Will Pay for Advanced Genetic Testing
The Israeli Ministry of Health has announced that genetic chip testing--the most advanced method to identify chromosomal abnormalities in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women--will be included in the health services covered by the State.  Date: 6/15/2012


Mass Casualty Drill Simulates Reality at Hadassah University Medical Center
A mass casualty drill at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem in early June began with “wounded” victims being brought by ambulance to Hadassah’s Trauma Unit. Date: 6/15/2012


Ukrainian Little Boy’s Life Saved with Bone Marrow Transplant at Hadassah
When four-and-a-half-year-old Zrichko Vladislav was diagnosed with osteopetrosis--a condition where the bones become overly dense and cause damage to nerves and tissues--his feet had already started to bend and he could hardly walk. A bone marrow transplant at the Hadassah University Medical Center saved his life.  Date: 6/15/2012


Hadassah Physician Receives Hebrew University Award for Research on New Type 1 Diabetes Treatment
For her research on a new treatment for Type 1 diabetes, a Hadassah University Medical Center physician has received the Kaye Innovation Award from the Hebrew University. The treatment is now undergoing commercial development. Date: 6/14/2012


With Pride, We Announce the New Director of Hadassah Mt. Scopus

On June 1, Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach M.D, M.H.A., will assume the position of Director of the Hadassah University Hospital-Mt. Scopus, succeeding Prof. Zvi Stern, who completed eleven years as Director ofthe hospital. Prof. Stern was recently appointed President of the Jerusalem Academic College of Engineering. 

Date: 5/29/2012


Hadassah Lab Discovery: Special Compound Dramatically Shrinks Lung Tumors
Hadassah University Medical Center researchers have discovered that a special compound called BKT140 shrank lung cell tumors by about 50 percent in cell samples and laboratory mice. When BKT140 was combined with radiation therapy and chemotherapy, cancer cell growth decreased by about 90 percent in lab samples! Date: 5/24/2012


Australian Intensive Care Specialist Chooses to Move to Israel and Join Hadassah Medical Staff
Dr. Peter Vernon Van Heerden, an Australian intensive care specialist with Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, and a professor at the University of Western Australia, will shortly be moving to Israel and joining the medical staff of the Hadassah University Medical Center. Date: 5/15/2012


CEO of Hadasit Bio-Holdings Interviewed by Bio Tuesdays.com
Interview with Chief Executive Officer of Hadasit, Ophir Shahaf Date: 5/15/2012


Childhood Cancer Survivors Bolstered by Hadassah Medical Center Clinic
With 80 percent of childhood cancer victims cured of the disease today, the need to address the complex issues that the young survivors face in the aftermath of treatment led the Hadassah University Medical Center to establish a Childhood Cancer Survivor Clinic. Date: 5/15/2012


Collaborations Continue Through Hadassah Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Partnership
As part of a clinical exchange program between the Hadassah University Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Polina Stefansky, Director of Hadassah's Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Center, visited Cincinnati Children's Hospital for two weeks of medical collaboration and training in March. The Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah hosted a buffet lunch for her, where she spoke about her work at Hadassah with gene therapy and bone marrow transplants. Date: 5/15/2012


Hadassah National Board Member Views Completed Hospital Tower--As a Patient
The Hadassah University Medical Center's 2012 Nancy Falchuk Nursing Scholarships were awarded in March to Odeya Tel-Tzur, Deputy Head Nurse at the Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine; Meirav Kiviti, Oncology Day Care Nurse at the Sharett Institute of Oncology; Yehudit Lalum-Har'el, Head Nurse in the Pediatric and Surgery Outpatient Clinic at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus; and Sigalit Caspi, Head Nurse in the Emergency Room at Hadassah-Mt. Scopus. The Falchuk scholarship, which enables the nurses to pursue advanced study, conduct research or give a presentation at an international conference, was created through donations from Hadassah International units around the world in tribute to Outgoing Hadassah International President, Nancy Falchuk, when she completed her term in 2004. Date: 5/15/2012


Hadassah’s Heart Failure Center Reaches out to the Community, Providing Continuity of Care
Hadassah's Heart Failure and Heart Muscle Disease Center reaches out to the community to bridge the gap between hospital-based and community-based medicine. Date: 5/15/2012


Hadassah’s Post-Surgery Patient Enjoys the Comfort of the New Hospital Tower
Brenda Godfrey, who immigrated to Israel from the United Kingdom 35 years ago and recently was a post-surgery patient at the Hadassah University Medical Center, praised her new temporary home in the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. She had rave reviews for the entire staff and, especially, her two surgeons, Dr. Gidon Almogy and Dr. Mahmud Abu-Ghazallah. Date: 5/15/2012


Hadassah’s Young Patients Transported to New Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Leaving the crowded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on the fourth floor, the first young patients, on beds and in incubators, were moved into the new spacious PICU three floors above in the Hadassah University Medical Center Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center. Date: 5/15/2012


Placental Stem Cells Prove Successful in Bringing Little Girl to Recovery at Hadassah
Using placental mesenchymal stem cells--which proved effective in pre-clinical trials--physicians at the Hadassah University Medical Center rescued the life of a seven-year-old Romanian girl whose two bone marrow transplants were not triggering the repair needed to save her life.  Date: 5/15/2012


Prof. Eitan Gross, Hadassah Pediatric Surgeon and Naval Commando
In addition to putting in long days treating patients and doing research, a large percentage of Hadassah University Medical Center physicians are officers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Eitan Gross is an example Date: 5/15/2012


Pregnant Woman from Cyprus with Rare Ectopic Pregnancy Saved at Hadassah
A 30-year-old pregnant woman from Cyprus was flown to the Hadassah University Medical Center when her local physician, who made the diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy under the left kidney, referred her to Hadassah for further care. A 48-hour surgery at Hadassah saved her life. Date: 4/25/2012


Hadassah International Ambassador Wins 250,000 Euros on German Quiz Show
With an audience of 8-10 million people watching, Hadassah International Ambassador and Actress Veronica Ferres won 250,000 euro on a German quiz show and announced that she would donate half her winnings to the new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem. Date: 4/23/2012


Study Finds Anti-Aging Genes in Ultra-Orthodox Women
Hadassah researchers have identified genes unique to women who conceive naturally after 45, which generate an anti-aging effect on those women. Date: 4/19/2012


From Marathon Runner to Patient: A Canadian Professor Praises Hadassah
Canadian Professor Gil Troy was running a marathon in Jerusalem when he landed in Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus with a fractured femur. "Hadassah Medical Center remains one of Israel's miracles," he says. Date: 4/15/2012


Hadassah Juvenile Diabetes Conference Draws 100 Participants from All Sectors of Jerusalem
Young patients and their parents from all sectors of Jerusalem's population attended the 10th annual conference of the Hadassah Juvenile Diabetes Clinic, an event initiated by Dr. David Zangen, Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology and Juvenile Diabetes Unit at Hadassah Hospital-Mt. Scopus. Date: 4/15/2012


Miraculous Surgeries at Hadassah Medical Center Give Hadassah Doctor Back Her Life Following Terrorist Attack
Despite the fact that a terrorist's bomb exploded in her face, Hadassah University Medical Center's Dr. Mirela Siderer, a gynecologist at the Clinic for Women's Health in Ashkelon, has been able to return to work, thanks to the surgical expertise at Hadassah. Date: 4/15/2012


Multidisciplinary Epilepsy Center Opens at Hadassah University Medical Center
A new interdisciplinary center for the treatment of epilepsy in children and adults has opened at the Hadassah University Medical Center. Date: 4/15/2012


The Magic of Hadassah’s Medical Clowns
Because laughter is magical medicine, the Hadassah University Medical Center has a dynamic Medical Clown Program, which puts a smile on the faces of its pediatric patients. Date: 4/15/2012


The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower: An Appraisal from Its' Architect
As the first patients settle into the Hadassah University Medical Center's Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, Moshe Levy, Project Architect, Spector-Amisar Architects, reflects on what the building communicates. Date: 4/15/2012


World-Renowned Orthopedists Gather at Hadassah Medical Center to Discuss Future Trends in Orthopedics
Nearly 200 orthopedic surgeons--among them some of the world's most prominent physicians--came to Jerusalem in March to attend the International Symposium on "Future Trends in Orthopedics" at the Hadassah University Medical Center. Date: 4/15/2012


2012 Nancy Falchuk Nursing Scholarships Awarded at Hadassah University Medical Center
The Hadassah University Medical Center's 2012 Nancy Falchuk Nursing Scholarships were awarded in March to Odeya Tel-Tzur, Deputy Head Nurse at the Judy and Sidney Swartz Center for Emergency Medicine; Meirav Kiviti, Oncology Day Care Nurse at the Sharett Institute of Oncology; Yehudit Lalum-Har'el, Head Nurse in the Pediatric and Surgery Outpatient Clinic at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus; and Sigalit Caspi, Head Nurse in the Emergency Room at Hadassah-Mt. Scopus. The Falchuk scholarship, which enables the nurses to pursue advanced study, conduct research or give a presentation at an international conference, was created through donations from Hadassah International units around the world in tribute to Outgoing Hadassah International President, Nancy Falchuk, when she completed her term in 2004. Date: 3/28/2012


Thrombotech Receives Regulatory Approval for Stroke Medicine Trials in the US
Thrombotech Ltd., a biotechnology company based on cutting-edge stroke research at the Hadassah University Medical Center, has received approval from the United States' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand clinical trials to the US for its lead product, THR-18. This medicine is designed to improve the safety and efficacy of tPA, the currently available treatment for ischemic stroke. Date: 3/28/2012


Hadassah University Medical Center Embarks on “Dry Run” for New Hospital Tower
A euphoric mood suffused the "dry run," which the Hadassah University Medical Center conducted to ensure that the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower is ready to receive real patients on Moving-In day, March 19. Date: 3/16/2012


Delegation of Top Hospital Administrators is Wowed by Hadassah Medical Center’s new Inpatient Facility
"It's leading edge. Just the thinking behind it! Healing gardens, patient rooms, square feet, two beds per room, one bed per room, one window per patient…I mean these are huge developments," Joseph Mapa, Chief Executive Officer of Toronto's Mt. Sinai Hospital, said of the Hadassah University Medical Center's new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower, during a visit to Hadassah as part of the first-ever delegation to Israel of close to 50 CEOs from top hospitals in North America. Date: 3/15/2012


From Improved Diagnosis to Novel Therapies: Advances in Parkinson’s Disease at the Hadassah University Medical Center
In the Hadassah University Medical Center's Neurology Department--a referral center for the most complex and challenging neurological conditions--physicians are pioneering treatments and conducting research with revolutionary results that are being adopted throughout the world. Among these are new modalities for Parkinson's disease. Date: 3/15/2012


Hadassah Deputy Director General of Nursing Says Reality Surpasses the Dream
"In 2003, I was fortunate to have been part of the original team for the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower that traveled to Dallas, Texas, to tour medical facilities; our task was to formulate a plan for Hadassah's future hospital tower," says Orly Picker, Deputy Director General of Nursing and Human Resources (pictured here in the fifth floor Nurses' Control Center). Date: 3/15/2012


Hadassah Physicians’ Study Supports Novel Needle for Spinal Fluid Sampling
A Hadassah University Medical Center study, which demonstrated the benefits of using a novel needle for spinal fluid sampling, was highlighted in the December 2011 issue of the British Journal of Anesthesia. Date: 3/15/2012


Hadassah’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Moving into the 7th Floor of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower
"The grouping of the Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Plastic Surgery, and Maxillofacial departments together in the East Wing of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower's seventh floor will encourage the best of the multidisciplinary approach to flourish," relates Prof. Rephael Zeltser, head of the Maxillofacial Department Date: 3/15/2012


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