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, Inc. (HWZOA), is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With nearly 300,000 members, Associates and supporters, HWZOA brings women together to effect change and advocate on such critical issues as ensuring the security of Israel, combating antisemitism and promoting women’s health. Through the two hospitals of the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem, HWZOA helps support both exemplary care for more than one million people every year and world-renowned medical research. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building bridges to peace through medicine. Additionally, HWZOA supports several Youth Aliyah villages that set at-risk children in Israel on the path to a successful future. For more information, visit or follow Hadassah on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.