Doctors from Israel’s Hadassah Hospitals Treat Earthquake Victims in Turkey

5-member Hadassah team is part of Israeli medical delegation

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Alix Friedman

A five-person medical team from Israel’s Hadassah Medical Organization, a top Israeli medical center in Jerusalem, is on the ground in Turkey helping to save the lives of earthquake victims as part of an official Israeli aid delegation.

The Hadassah team members are senior intensive care physician Marc Romain, MD; emergency medicine specialist Avraham Alpert, MD; anesthesiologist Yuval Meroz, MD; pediatrician Itai Basel, MD; and intensive care nurse Avital Dotan.

The delegation has been organized by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israel’s army, and by Israel’s Ministry of Health. The IDF is setting up a field hospital in Turkey to aid survivors of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck the Turkish-Syrian border.

“Hadassah medical relief teams will always go wherever in the world they are needed,” said Yoram Weiss, MD, Director General, Hadassah Medical Organization. “In the past year, Hadassah doctors and nurses provided significant assistance to refugees from Ukraine by establishing a Hadassah clinic on the Ukraine-Poland border, saving lives with professional and dedicated care. They will do the same in Turkey, giving their all to help earthquake victims by contributing their experience as part of the Israeli delegation."


Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, donors and supporters, Hadassah brings women together to effect change on such critical issues as ensuring Israel’s security, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health care. Through its Jerusalem-based hospital system, the Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah helps support exemplary care for more than 1 million people every year as well as world-renowned medical research. Hadassah’s hospitals serve without regard to race, religion or nationality and in 2005 earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for building bridges to peace through medicine. Hadassah also supports two youth villages that set at-risk youth in Israel on the path to a successful future. Visit or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.