Faculty of Medicine Newsletter 41 (May 10 - 23, 2021)

לניוזלטרים בעברית לחץ כאן.

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Please find below a short summary of what transpired these past two weeks at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University, alongside Jerusalem Day, Shavuot, Eid ul Fitr, and “Operation Guardian of the Walls.”

meeting in French Hospital, Nazareth






First face-to-face management meeting since June 2020. Hosted by the French Hospital in Nazareth, May 10, 2021.

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Reminder that publications by Azrieli faculty are generally posted in chronological order based on publication date, per PubMed listings. If you have published an article recently that appears on PubMed but that was not listed in a Newsletter, I apologize, and please do let me know.

  • Rina E Buxbaum, Adi Shani, Alon Rod, Nimrod Rahamimov: Percutaneous, PMMA-augmented, pedicle screw instrumentation of thoracolumbar ankylotic spine fractures (J Orthop Surg Res . )
  • Yoav Yechezkel Pikkel, Eran D Bar Meir: Analysis of Popular Social Media Addressing Breast Augmentation, Implants, and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open .)
  • Tomer Meirson: Comparison of non-myeloablative lymphodepleting preconditioning regimens in patients undergoing adoptive T cell therapy (J Immunother Cancer . )
  • Tawfik Khoury, Wisam Sbeit: The level of agreement between rapid-on-site evaluation of endoscopic ultrasound fine needle aspirate and surgical histological diagnosis in gastrointestinal lesions (Cytopathology .)
  • Ohad Ronen, K Thomas Robbins: Standardization for oncologic head and neck surgery (Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. )
  • Nadra Samra, Ilham Morani, Kamal Abu Jabal: RBL2 bi-allelic truncating variants cause severe motor and cognitive impairment without evidence for abnormalities in DNA methylation or telomeric function (J Hum Genet .)
  • Wisam Sbeit, Tawfik Khoury: Three-months duration of fully-covered metal stent for refractory dominant extra-hepatic biliary stricture among primary sclerosing cholangitis patients: efficacy and safety (Surg Endosc . )
  • Wisam Sbeit, Tawfik Khoury: Endoscopic ultrasound fine needle biopsy was not more cost-effective than fine-needle aspiration with rapid on-site evaluation in gastrointestinal lesions diagnosis (Diagn Cytopathol .)
  • Khalaf Kridin: Mortality in Ankylosing Spondylitis According to Treatment: A Nationwide Retrospective Cohort Study of 5900 Patients from Israel (Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) . )
  • Chaim Putterman: Promise and complexity of lupus mouse models (Nat Immunol .)
  • Amiel A Dror, Najla Kassis-Karayanni, Adi Oved, Amani Daoud, Netanel Eisenbach, Matti Mizrachi, Doaa Rayan, Shawky Francis, Eli Layous, Yoni Evgeni Gutkovich, Samer Srouji, Shai Chordekar, Sonia Goldenstein, Yael Ziv, Ohad Ronen, Maayan Gruber, Eyal Sela: Auditory Performance in Recovered SARS-COV-2 Patients (Otol Neurotol .)
  • Wisam Sbeit, Anas Kadah, Matta Simaan, Amir Shahin, Tawfik Khoury: Predictors of recurrent bile duct stone after clearance by endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography: A case-control study (Hepatobiliary Pancreat Dis Int .)
  • David Karasik: Genetic variants modify the associations of concentrations of methylmalonic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6, and folate with bone mineral density (Am J Clin Nutr .)
  • Edo Y Birati: Changes in Pulmonary Vascular Resistance after Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation: "The Post-VAD Residual" (J Card Fail .)
  • Wisam Sbeit, Tawfik Khoury, Amir Mari: Diagnostic approach to faecal incontinence: What test and when to perform? (World J Gastroenterol .)
  • Assaf Ben-Arzi, Evgeni Hazanov, Diab Ghanim, Guy Rozen, Ibrahim Marai, Liza Grosman-Rimon, Erez Kachel, Offer Amir, Shemy Carasso: Left atrial minimal volume: association with diastolic dysfunction and heart failure in patients in sinus rhythm or atrial fibrillation with preserved ejection fraction (BMC Med Imaging . )
  • Chen Shochat, David Karasik: Lrp5 mutant and crispant zebrafish faithfully model human osteoporosis, establishing the zebrafish as a platform for CRISPR-based functional screening of osteoporosis candidate genes (J Bone Miner Res . )
  • Offer Amir: Feasibility of remote speech analysis in evaluation of dynamic fluid overload in heart failure patients undergoing haemodialysis treatment (ESC Heart Fail .)
  • Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern, Orly Weissberg, Alessandro Gorohovski: Correction to: Specific Susceptibility to COVID-19 in Adults with Down Syndrome (Neuromolecular Med . )

Faculty News 

Medical Cadet Zoom Graduation Ceremony

medical cadets




Certificates of Appreciation Awarded to Clinical Instructors, Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poria

Poria ceremony










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