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  • David Peleg

    Dr. David Peleg: One of Most Cited AJOG Papers Over Past Two Years

    Dr. David Peleg, head of the High-risk Unit at Ziv Medical Center in Safed's Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, has just been informed by Dr. Roberto Romero, Editor-in-Chief for Obstetrics of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, that his paper, published in 2018 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, “A randomized clinical trial of knotless barbed suture vs conventional suture for closure of the uterine incision at Cesarean delivery,” is one of the top-cited papers over the last two years in AJOG, as determined by Scopus. Each year, AJOG recognizes top-cited papers presented at the SMFM and published in AJOG. Dr. Peleg's contribution will be the subject of recognition during the Awards Ceremony at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

  • Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern

    Frenkel-Morgenstern's team the only Israeli group to take part in groundbreaking study generating most comprehensive map of cancer genomes charted to date

    Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern's team was the only Israeli group to take part in the genomics and transcriptomics studies of the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes Project (PCAWG), also known as the Pan-Cancer Project. A collaboration of over 1,300 scientists and clinicians from 37 countries, more than 2,600 genomes of 38 different tumor types, were analyzed, creating a huge resource of primary cancer genomes. Sixteen working groups studying many aspects of cancer’s development, causation, progression and classification ensued.

    Two of the PanCancer papers resulting from this collaboration have just been published back-to-back in Nature, among five papers published in Nature from the PanCancer consortium: 



    These projects were carried out over the past seven years and are the most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes to date, significantly improving our understanding of cancer and offering new directions for diagnosis and treatment.

  • Naharia ceremony jan2020

    Certificates of Appreciation Awarded to Clinical Instructors, Galilee Medical Center (Naharia)

    On January 30, 2020, Azrieli Faculty clinical instructors from the Galilee Medical Center in Naharia were awarded certificates of appreciation for their hard work. Dean Karl Skorecki opened the ceremony, praising the close and special relationship between the Faculty and affiliate hospital. Following the Dean, Prof. Eric Shinwell, Associate Dean of Medical Education, spoke, then Dr. Naomi Dickman Head of Educational Evaluation and Advancement, read aloud kind words from the students. Dr. Masad Barhoum, GMC General Director then offered words of thanks to the excellent instructors. In all, 56 outstanding doctors were awarded by the Faculty for their excellence as clinical instructors.


  • Ayelet Shai

    Dr. Ayelet Shai to join new research fellows forum at Int'l Center for Health, Law, and Ethics at Haifa University

    Dr. Ayelet Shai has been invited to join the new research fellows forum at the International Center for Health, Law, and Ethics at Haifa University. This interdisciplinary forum includes law, ethics, sociology, and anthropology researchers, to name a few. Her current research will include gender and medicine and end of life care, in light of the Dying Patient Act (2005).

  • Tzipora Falik-Zaccai

    Prof. Falik-Zaccai Appointed to National Committee for Multi-center Clinical Trials

    Congratulations to Prof. Tzipora Falik Zaccai who was appointed member of the national committee for multi-center clinical trials, by the Directorate of Medical Technologies, Informatics & Research of the Israeli Ministry of Health.

  • Erez Onn

    Dr. Erez Onn Appointed Head of the Government Hospitals Division

    Dr. Erez Onn, General Director of The Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poria (an Azrieli Faculty of Medicine affiliate hospital) has been appointed Head of the Government Hospitals Division. Congratulations!

  • תוכנית לימודים חדשה בפקולטה לרפואה- צפון ירו"ק

    New Program: Tsafon Yarok

    Tsafon Yarok is a new program at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, accepting new students for the coming academic year, 2020-2021.

    This new and exciting program is geared towards students who would like to call the Galilee home, to those who would like to specialize in Family/Rural Medicine. This field of medicine is quickly growing worldwide, and requires multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, which will be taught to those selected to join the team. Students who have been accepted will be prepared for this specialty and internship and will then become Family/Rural Medicine specialists who will work in the Galilee communities. They will acquire a broad, multi-cultural, patient-oriented outlook and approach, and will work with an excellent team of professionals.

    The track includes 4 years of study, combined with close intimate work with communities from the North. Ten students will be chosen for this learning community. Mentors and adoptive communities will accompany the entire process.

    Studies include:

    • Pre-clinical coursework in the sciences as well as humanities and social sciences
    • Clinical work in hospitals in the North
    • “Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship” (focused community-immersed learning through all stages)

    Applicants must be accepted to the Azrieli Faculty and pass an additional screening acceptance process.

    A meeting will be held March 18, 2020 at 16:00. For more information, write to biu.medicine@biu.ac.il.

  • Menachem Fisher

    Dr. Menachem Fisher Recipient of ISOG Ob/Gyn Award

    On January 9, 2020, the Israel Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ICOG) held its annual conference and conferred upon Dr. Menachem Fisher a prestigious certificate of appreciation. Dr. Fisher, viewed as a visionary, has through his involvement, contributed considerably to patients, colleagues, and to the advancement of the fields of ob/gyn and fertility in Israel.

    Dr. Fisher studied medicine at the Technion, specializing in ob/gyn at the Rambam Hospital. He proceeded to pursue a sub-specialty in "mother and fetus" at the University of Vancouver. Returning to Israel in 1986, Dr. Fisher chose to settle down in the Galilee where he devoted himself to women's health in the Galilee, all the while recruiting senior gynecologists from all over the country to join him in this mission.

    Dr. Fisher established the Society for Community Gynecology and served as its head for many years. He made other physicians and scientists aware of this important field of medicine and as such is being awarded a certificate of appreciation by the ICOG.


  • Omri Cohen

    Student Spotlight on Omri Cohen

    Meet Omri Cohen, 33, a third-year student at Bar-Ilan University’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine and President of the Medical Student Association of the Galilee. Born and raised in Petach Tikvah, the former lawyer and Israeli Navy Command and Operation Officer is enrolled in the Faculty’s three-year MD study track for Israelis who completed three years of pre-clinical medical studies abroad. Glad to be back in Israel after attending medical school in Italy, Omri is engaged in clinical work at Safed’s Ziv Medical Center – one of six area hospitals affiliated with the Azrieli Faculty.

    One of 600 students at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Omri was the BIU rep on the Israeli delegation to the General Assembly of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, held in Taiwan last August. “We were vastly outnumbered by the many delegations from Arab countries and there was also a vocal Palestinian group, but I think we had a very positive effect and it may have curbed attempts to boycott Israel,” relays Omri. “We introduced ourselves as having served in the IDF and had discussions with activists from various nations, including Iran and Iraq, who initially seemed hesitant to talk to us. We were even invited to Morocco by one of the delegates.”

    Why I chose to study this area:
    After initially earning a double bachelor’s degree in law and government at IDC Herzliya and interning at a legal firm specializing in the area of medical negligence, I decided that my true passion is medicine. I began my medical studies in Italy and then, after three years, applied to Bar-Ilan University’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine. This is a wonderful program and the only one in Israel that enables Israeli students who began their medical studies abroad to return home. We don’t feel like the odd ones out. I like the idea of studying in the Galilee and the national and Zionist vision of improving medicine in the periphery of Israel and, specifically, in the Galilee.

    What I enjoy most at BIU’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine:
    Because we are a small faculty of medicine and are engaged in intensive study, we feel like we’re part of a family, of a cohesive community. We are close to the Faculty’s academic and clinical staff. Everything is very open and we know each other on a first-name basis. I also like the quality of medical training. This academic year, we have already done three rotations in surgery and one in family medicine, and I have also worked on research projects for our dissertation concerning mental fatigue of medical students during their long, arduous training, and changes in cardiac muscle in people who have started a running regimen. And, of course, here in Safed, I just love the view of the Sea of Galilee and Mt Hermon.

    Future Plans:
    Next year, I will be doing a one-year internship at an Israeli hospital before officially getting my MD title. After that, I definitely plan to specialize in a surgical field. I like working with my hands. All of the surgical clerkships are very long – usually about six years – and it’s a serious commitment. There are so many possibilities. I would like to stay in Israel in the long-run but I might consider accepting a fellowship to the US for the latter part of my surgical training.

    My favorite corner on campus:
    The small grassy area outside of the main building where one can relax – but I rarely have time to sit. With my very busy schedule, I’m constantly on the move from the hospital to the Faculty, where I study and teach, and mentor outstanding high school students from the periphery who hope to pursue a medical career. I also teach anatomy and physiology at Tel-Hai College, which is about an hour away from our own faculty.

    What I will take with me from my Bar-Ilan University studies:
    A sense of humility and a commitment to improving healthcare in the Galilee. Because the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine is situated in the periphery, we are exposed to different communities than what we would generally see elsewhere in Israel. Here there’s a mix of Moslem, Druze, Christian and Jewish populations. We need to remember that we don’t have all the knowledge and we must be able to look patients in the eyes without feeling superior or acting in a patronizing manner, but to be there for them. After spending three years in Safed, I am so much more aware of the need to upgrade the quality of medical care for the diverse populations in Israel’s north.

  • Galilium Conference

    HS Students Present Final Science Projects at Sixth Annual Galilium Conference

    January 1, 2020, Kinneret Academic College

    The sixth annual Galilium conference took place on January 1, 2020, this year at the Kinneret Academic College. Forty two high school students from the Galilee presented 34 final science projects at six parallel sessions. The projects are considered five full "bagrut" topic matriculation points. Twelve third year "medical cadet" students presented their projects, to an impressed audience of participants and judges. Of six projects chosen as exemplary, three were of the cadets:

    • Lior Cohen and Aviv Ben David, supervised by Dr. Vyacheslav Gurevich of the Faculty of Medicine
    • Avtihael Hayb, supervised by Hatem Mahmood of the Galilee Research Institute

    Of four honorable mention projects, two were of the cadets:

    • Siran Saad, supervised by Dr. Baruh Polis
    • Aviv Rafter, supervised by Dr. Dorit Avni of the Galilee Research Institute

    Much thanks is extended to Dr. Shira Perez and Dr. Gal Levy Cohen of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine for their active and dedicated involvement in this important community outreach initiative.

    To learn more about Galilium, click here.


  • baby (pixabay)

    Affiliate Hospitals Score High on MOH Neonatal and Cleanliness Rankings

    The Faculty is proud to announce that the neonatal departments at its affiliate hospitals were again ranked "excellent" on 2019 Ministry of Health inspections - Ziv Medical Center in Safed, the Galilee Medical Center in Naharia, the French Hospital in Nazareth, the EMMS Hospital (Scottish) in Nazareth, and the Holy Family Hospital (Italian) in Nazareth. We are proud that our students learn at such impressive departments and are given the opportunity to see first hand the true meaning of excellence.

    Also ranking among the top - in prevention of infectious diseases - are the French Hospital, EMMS, and the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poria (Tiberias).

    Hard work pays off!

  • no smoking

    Breaking News! Take a Deep Breath

    At the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine we lead by example and are following the recommendations of the Israeli Ministry of Health.
    As of 1 January 2020, the campus will be smoke free - no smoking allowed on the premises, or within 10 meters of the entrance. לבריאות! To your health!

  • פאנל מנהיגות לאורך הנתיב המקצועי של הרופאים והרופאות  במסגרת קורס הדרכת אנטומיה

    Leadership and Anatomy Course Mentorship Training

    Every year since 2013, Prof. David Karasik and Dr. Naomi Dickman have been offering a course to train students to mentor their fellow classmates, primarily in pre-clinical courses, especially Anatomy. The course includes content on anatomy, along with general and specific didactics in anatomy, ethics, and leadership. The students learn about leadership, especially as it relates to the field of medicine.

    This year, a panel on leadership, headed by Dr. Barbara Schuster, Founding Campus Dean of the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, was added to the curriculum. Participants in the panel included professionals from various stages in their careers, including many ex-mentors who themselves now hold leadership positions. The course is run by the anatomy course coordinators, students, and guest lecturers. Those who have completed the course and are teaching Anatomy as well as Brain and Soul have scored very high on the Faculty's student teaching surveys.



  • hanuka

    Happy Hanuka! Hanuka Sameah!

    We all took a break to light candles and eat sufganiyot (jelly donuts)! 

  • Ronit Ilouz

    High School Biology Teacher Hishtalmut at the Faculty

    Dozens of high and middle school biology teachers from the Galilee and the North of Israel came to the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine on December 16, 2019 for the second annual biology teachers hishtalmut (in-house professional training). Dr. Ronit Ilouz opened the gathering with a lecture and Dr. Irit Sadeh the Ministry of Education supervisor spoke. An anatomy workshop also took place. The Faculty is proud of its involvement in local educational initiatives.

    Above: Dr. Ronit Ilouz