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Hadassah Medical Organization Mourns Two Exceptional Colleagues

Pictured L-R: Dr. Ido Yatsiv and Arik Zukert.

Two recent deaths have affected the staff at Hadassah Medical Organization. Arik Zukert, Director of R&D since 1994, died December 6 at home after a long and heroic fight against cancer. A graduate of Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, he also had an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Arik was a scientist, an excellent organizer and administrator—and was also known for being a free spirit, a man of the sea, and a colleague with a great sense of humor.

He played a major role in the building of Hadassah's research infrastructure, which has made us a world renowned research center. He was key to the management of the Davidson Tower project, and his work contributed significantly to the fact that we can say proudly we are “on time and on budget.”

We send condolences to his wife Chava, his three children--Keren (a nephrologist at Hadassah), Nimrod & Noga—and his grandchildren and all of us here. Next month, Arik was about to celebrate his 65th birthday.

Dr. Ido Yatsiv, 57, Director of Hadassah’s Pediatric Intensive Care unit, died December 3 as a result of massive internal bleeding following surgery.

Dr. Yatsiv was one of HMO’s leaders, who significantly contributed to Hadassah's worldwide reputation as a top medical center. A graduate of Hadassah – Hebrew University School of Medicine, he did his residency at Hadassah, and returned after completing his fellowship at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. He has directed our PICU since 2002. He was also one of the co-founders of the Israeli Society of Pediatric Critical Care and was active in establishing critical care as an independent sub-specialty within pediatrics and in setting up the fellowship curriculum. Dr. Yatsiv’s sudden and unexpected death interrupted his clinical and scientific work as he was about to fulfill his dream of opening the new upgraded PICU in just a few months.

HMO General Director Ehud Kokia said, “We will remember Dr. Ido Yatsiv as an excellent physician, always smiling when interacting with his patients and their parents, a colleague and a very good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gabi, his wife, Noam, their son, and the entire family.”

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