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American CEOs get an Israeli medical education in their visit to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower.  

Ron Krumer

Yesterday at Hadassah-Ein Kerem, we hosted a delegation of 50 CEO's of major medical centers in the U.S. and Canada for an in-depth briefing and tour of our facilities. Their visit in Israel is sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, and the Israeli National Institute for Health Policy.

Dr. Yair Birnbaum, HMO Associate Director General and Head of Medical Services, opened the program with a comprehensive presentation on the wide range of the Medical Center's activities in clinical care, research and teaching. During his detailed description, he stressed HWZOA and HMO's historic and groundbreaking role in pioneering new services and therapies in the State of Israel.

He was followed by individual presentations from some of HMO leading physicians and researchers: Prof. Prof. Yaakov Naparstek, Chairman of the Department of Medicine; Prof. Abd Al-Roof Higazi, Head, Division of Laboratories & Dept. of Clinical Biochemistry; Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff, head of the Sidney and Judy Swartz Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center; Prof. Dimitrios Karussis, Head of the Dept. of Neurology's Multiple Sclerosis Center; and Prof. Eyal Mishani, Head of the Cyclotron Radiochemistry Unit. Hadasit CEO, Dr. Einat Zisman, described how HMO's many research success are being developed for commercial use and the different start-up companies that Hadasit is nurturing.

During the second part of the program, participants divided into groups that dealt with their special interests. Some toured the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower. In an interview on Israel's Media Line, Joseph Mapa, President and CEO of Toronto's Mt. Sinai Hospital, said he's seen innovations he would like to bring back to Canada. In the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center, Prof. Eitan Kerem, Head of the Division of Pediatrics, and Dr. Michael Weintraub, Head of the Dept. of Pediatric Oncology and Hemotology, escorted other members of the group through the department and were briefed on the extensive pediatric services HMO provides. Dr. James Mandell, a pediatrician who serves as CEO of Boston's Children's Hospital, engaged in an intense conversation with Hadassah's two pediatricians, comparing HMO's treatments with those at his medical center. In the Shock Trauma Unit, other members of the delegation were impressed by HMO's preparedness measures and trauma treatments. All were appreciative of HMO's professional standards, outstanding medical training and extensive research efforts.

The first-ever visit was organized by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel's Export and International Cooperation Institute, and Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research, headed by its Chairman of the Board Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, past Director General of HMO, who is escorting the group throughout their stay in Israel.

Date: 2/7/2012 12:00:00 AM

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