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Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine

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Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine takes you behind the headlines with Hadassah Medical Organization doctors and specialists, patients and nurses. Listen and be amazed.

Brought to you by Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America.

Benyamin CohenBenyamin Cohen is the host of the "Hadassah on Call: New Frontiers in Medicine" podcast. He is also the Editorial Director of From the Grapevine and host of the podcast "Our Friend from Israel." He has written for the Washington Post, the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, Yahoo News and Slate. Cohen is also the author of "My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith" (HarperCollins), named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and for which he received the Georgia Author of the Year award. Cohen previously served as the Content Director for the Mother Nature Network, and was the founding editor of both Jewsweek and American Jewish Life magazine.

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Podcast Episodes

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Israel's Unique Place for Treating Disorders of Sexual Development

This episode of Hadassah On Call featuring Cornea Specialist, Senior Ophthalmologist and Surgeon Dr. Itay Lavi, is a real eye-opener! Released in October for Eye Injury Prevention Month and World Sight Day, a global event to draw attention to blindness and vision impairment. Dr. Lavi talks to our new host Benyamin Cohen about innovations in cornea replacement and how he was able to reverse total blindness in one of his patients.

The Future is Now: Corneal Transplants and Eye Banks

This episode of Hadassah On Call featuring Cornea Specialist, Senior Ophthalmologist and Surgeon Dr. Itay Lavi, is a real eye-opener! Released in October for Eye Injury Prevention Month and World Sight Day, a global event to draw attention to blindness and vision impairment. Dr. Lavi talks to our new host Benyamin Cohen about innovations in cornea replacement and how he was able to reverse total blindness in one of his patients.

This Israeli Midwife Believes Her Job is Her Calling

US-born midwife Gila Zarbiv talks about her lifelong passion for Israel and why she became a certified nurse midwife. You’ll also hear about her research on the impact #MeToo has on OB/GYNs and midwives, and what it’s like to help women of all faiths at Hadassah Hospital.

Measles: Understanding This New Outbreak in the US and in Israel

How can you protect yourself and your family as measles cases spike globally? (Up 300% in early 2019, according to the World Health Organization). Dr. Allon Moses, head of the Hadassah Center for Infectious Diseases, gives you the information you need to prevent infection.

Treating Heart Attacks in Record Time with the Most Advanced Technology

Dr. Haim Dannenberg, head of Hadassah's new Paul and Irma Milstein Heart Center at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, discusses how Hadassah is revolutionizing the treatment of heart disorders and offers his best tips to prevent heart disease.

Causes of a Stroke and How it Can be Prevented

Dr. Ronen Leker, a leading expert at Hadassah Medical Organization, discusses the cutting-edge stem cell treatment he and his team have developed to reverse the disability so many strokes leave in their wake.

Make No Bones About it: Osteoporosis Advancements

Renowned Osteoporosis expert Prof. A. Joseph Foldes talks about everything from treatment options, conditions that may lead to the disease and other surprising diseases that may be linked to Osteoporosis.

World AIDS Day 2018: Hadassah Doctor Searches for a Cure

Worldwide, 37 million people live with HIV; 1/4 do not know they have the virus. Dr. Hila Elinav of Hadassah Hospital discusses her work with HIV-infected mothers, the stigma around being tested, and why it is vital to Know Your Status

After Pittsburgh, Hadassah Expert Offers Coping Strategies for Children

What do you tell children after a terrifying violence like Americans witnessed in the Pittsburgh synagogue? Dr. Esti Galili-Weisstub shares her expertise in helping children in Israel overcome post-traumatic stress as victims of terror.

Celiac Disease Awareness

Hadassah's Celiac Disease expert delves into the disease's relationship to dental issues, and obesity. He shares surprising ways of identifying and managing this disease, and the exciting research underway at Hadassah Medical Organization.

Protecting Hospitals and Patients from Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In this fascinating episode, Professor Alon Moses, discusses the alarming increase in infections by bacteria resistant to all existent antibiotics, the best ways to prevent the spread of hospital infections, and his new ground breaking bacteriophages therapy. This therapy uses a type of virus that efficiently and accurately attacks only their target bacteria.

Sexual Abuse and the Bat Ami Center

Hadassah Medical Organization's Bat Ami Center for Victims of Sexual Abuse was established in 2009. Open 24 hours a day, the primary goal of the treatment at the Center is to return control to the victim. Our guest in this episode, Dr. Dvora Bauman, MD, Director of the Bat Ami Center, discusses the current state of sexual abuse, #metoo, and how her philosophy of care is a bit different than what many people might be used to seeing for victims of sexual abuse.

100 Years in Sight. The Hadassah Medical Organization - A Century Eye Care Innovation

Hadassah Medical Organization actually began with eye care. One hundred years later, Hadassah's outstanding ophthalmology department marked its centennial. Dr. Itay Chowers joins the show to share fascinating stories of groundbreaking treatments, his vision and goals as the new Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, and exciting innovations and research going on in eye care today.

Nurses Specialized in Trauma, Compassion While Saving Lives

Nurses are some of society's most precious resources, and the nurses at Hadassah Medical Organization are dedicated to taking care of traumatic injuries with a compassion and caring that puts them at the forefront of advanced medicine. Julie Benbenishty, an intensive care nurse at Hadassah who serves as the Trauma Nurse Coordinator at Hadassah Ein Kerem, is here to share her story about why she became a nurse, her career and being a volunteer for Nurses of the Middle East.

Backs to the Future: Hadassah’s Groundbreaking Robotic Surgery

In this inspiring interview, Josh Schroeder, MD, spine specialist and senior surgeon at Hadassah Medical Organization's orthopedic department, describes his two recent groundbreaking, surgical techniques: a two-robot reconstructive surgery and the world's first robot-aided repair of a severe spinal fracture. He also talks about his experience as a military doctor and volunteer work at a Ugandan refugee camp.

The Exciting Future of Stem Cells - Part 2

In part two of this incredible episode, Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff, MD, Ph.D, world-renowned stem cell pioneer and director of the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center at the Hadassah Medical Organization, joins the show to discuss his research and to share the exciting news, that treatments or cures for diseases like age-related macular degeneration, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes could be a reality in the foreseeable future.

The Exciting Future of Stem Cells - Part 1

Twenty years ago, when stem cell therapy was highly regulated in the United States (as late as 2006) , it was well underway in Hadassah Medical Organization’s labs. The exciting news is that treatments or cures for diseases like age-related macular degeneration, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes, could be a reality in the foreseeable future. Prof. Benjamin Reubinoff, MD, Ph.D, world-renowned stem cell pioneer and director of the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Center at the...

There is Help for Children with Chronic Disease

Advances in the field of medicine and technology have lead to an increase in the survival rate and life expectancy of children with chronic diseases and special needs. In this informative segment, we learn about the inspiring Pediatric Chronic Disease Center at Hadassah Medical Center from Dr. Eitan Kerem. He is the head of the Division of Pediatrics at the Hadassah Medical Center, founder of its Center for Children with Chronic Diseases, and the director of the center for cystic fibrosis at...

Detective for the World’s Most Mysterious Diseases

A previously unrecognized genetic mutation causing a rare and devastating pediatric neurological disease – which has puzzled doctors around the world for years – was recently identified by Hadassah Medical Organization researchers in Israel. In this incredible segment, Professor Orly Elpeleg, discusses life as a gene detective and what it took to find this genetic mutation that was devastating families around the globe.




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