For the first time in Israel, a patient’s malignant lung tumor has been removed by Dr. Danny Fink (pictured) and Dr. Faras Abu Acher at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with just a single, four centimeter incision in the lower lobe between the ribs. This procedure, called a “thoracoscopy,” is performed with a tiny video camera and surgical implements being inserted through the opening and usually requires several incisions. This new technique was developed by a Spanish surgeon, Dr. Diego Gonzales, who visited Shaare Zedek a year ago and taught the method to these doctors. Dr. Fink explained that the single incision surgery minimizes pain and scarring, as well as speeds recovery. The patient was discharged just four days later.
Four senior physicians from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem recently toured Ethiopia as part of a program initiated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to help strengthen the Ethiopian health care system.
The delegation, comprised of Shaare Zedek Director-General Prof. Jonathan Halevy, Deputy Director-General Dr. Ofer Merin, Head of the Pediatric Wing Prof. Yechiel Schlesinger and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Danny Fink, met with representatives of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, hospital directors and deans of medical schools to familiarize themselves with the health care system in the developing country and with its needs.
“We realized that the best help we can provide will be in the form of training,” says Dr. Merin. “There are approximately 2,000 physicians in Ethiopia, a country with over 90 million residents. Less than 900 of those physicians are specialists. By comparison, in Israel there are about 30,000 physicians treating eight million residents”.
According to the agreement reached between the delegation and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Ethiopian physicians who will train in Shaare Zedek Medical Center for a year will be acknowledged by the local institutions as specialists in their field of training. Shaare Zedek will accept three physicians each year for this purpose. The list of medical fields which will offer training in this capacity will be set in the upcoming weeks.
Two physicians already underwent training in pediatric cardiology last year as part of a pilot for the program. “They since returned to their country but we’ve maintained regular contact with them and advise them as need be,” says Merin, and adds that “except for the training, it’s important to establish a long-term connection that will provide them with support, even after their year of training and which more >
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller was honored by The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center on Wednesday evening, November 19, along with her children Ben and Beth Heller and Dr. Jacqueline Heller. Shaare Zedek presented them with the Keter Yerushalayim Award for the exceptional patronage that the Heller Foundation has provided and the family’s strong, ongoing commitment to the Medical Center.
Michelle Cohen and Stuart Paskow were presented with the Healers of Jerusalem Award. Atara Nissel and Zachary Ratzker were also honored at the event with the Chesed Leadership Award.
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