Monthly Archives: November 2015

Dr. Tomer Adar to Train for Two Years at Mass General

Dr. Tomer Adar, a senior gastroenterologist at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Institute of Digestive Diseases, has been named the “APF (American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel) 2015-2016 Claire and Emmanuel Rosenblatt Fellow.”

The Rosenblatt Fellowship provides funds for a top Israeli oncologist to receive post-doctoral training in North America.  Dr. Adar is spending two years at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is working with the medical center’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics service.

In addition, Dr. Adar was one of 18 outstanding Israeli physicians to be awarded a stipend from the Israel Medical Association this past June.  His award – presented in memory of Professor Yechiel Ziv, a past president of the Israeli Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and a prominent Israeli physician who passed away in December 2014 – was given to enable him to study at Mass General.

In 2013 Adar was awarded a “National Scholar” award from United European Gastroenterology (UEG), an organization in which he is very active and is a member of their Young Talent Group which promotes initiatives for young gastroenterologists and researchers.

Adar, 37, who specializes in gastrointestinal cancer genetics and also works with familial cancer tendencies in the lower GI tract (intestines), runs a gastro-genetic clinic at Shaare Zedek in collaboration with a genetic counselor.  In addition, he serves as a physician in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Reserves.

“I hope to return (to Shaare Zedek) after having experienced and learned about research performed here at MGH and Harvard Medical School, improving my methodology,” Adar says.

By |November 18th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Dr. Tomer Adar to Train for Two Years at Mass General|

Shaare Zedek Researchers in Important New Studies

A new study, published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, suggests that while the decline in the ability of people to distinguish between colors is characteristic of people with Parkinson’s Disease, it is reduced among Gaucher’s Disease patients who have “Parkinsonian” symptoms.

The study was led by Professor Ari Zimran, Director of Shaare Zedek’s Gaucher Clinic and Dr. Deborah Elstein, the Research Coordinator for the Gaucher’s Unit.  Dr. Deborah Elstein initiated the study which was done in cooperation with Prof. Shlomi Siman-Tov of the Ophthalmology Department.

Shaare Zedek’s Gaucher’s Clinic has been functioning for 20 years.  It treats 750 patients a year and is the largest of its kind in the world devoted solely to Gaucher’s Disease.  This group, under Prof. Zimran’s direction, was the first to publish anecdotal evidence of the association between Gaucher’s Disease and early-onset Parkinson’s.

Gaucher’s Disease is a genetic disorder that is most common in Ashkenazi Jewish families and is relatively rare for others. In comparison, Parkinson’s Disease affects one percent of the general population over 60 years of age.

Prof. Giora Weisz, Director of the Bendheim Department of Cardiology in the Jesselson Heart Center of Shaare Zedek Medical Center, was an author of another study, led by Duke Clinical Research Institute and presented on November 10, 2015 at the American Heart Association’s annual Scientific Sessions meeting.  It revealed that heart patients who had percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI, also known as angioplasty) procedures to open some blocked arteries tended to have a resolution of their chest pain, even if some blockages remain.  This alleviates the need to add additional medication to treat symptoms such as angina.

By |November 16th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Shaare Zedek Researchers in Important New Studies|

96 Hours with the Shaare Zedek Trauma Unit

A news crew from Israel’s Channel 10 joined Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director-General and Director of Trauma Services at Shaare Zedek, and the staff of our Trauma Unit for 96 hours during the recent spate of terror attacks. They witnessed victims being brought in, our staff treating the wounded and supporting the families of the wounded. Click here to watch this 10 minute video.

By |November 3rd, 2015|News|Comments Off on 96 Hours with the Shaare Zedek Trauma Unit|