A Word from the Dean



The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine at Bar-Ilan University

Medicine and Research – The Individual and the Community

A Word from the Dean, Prof. Karl Skorecki

With genuine pride and a deep feeling of self-fulfillment I write this letter from my office, situated in the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine overlooking the inspiringly beautiful city of Safed with a view to the Sea of Galilee, the Kinneret.

I arrived in Israel in the year 1995 with my family, having finally come to the decision to fulfill our lifelong dream of “making Aliya.” Indeed, I was granted a second opportunity in 2018 to make Aliya yet again, by relocating to the historic city of Safed, in the Galilee, to serve as Dean of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine. In fact, upon moving - our new home address was “Aliya Bet Street” (bet is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, with the numerical equivalent of 2).

I am proud to say that I reside in Safed with my dear wife Linda; all of our five children and grandchildren live near us in Northern Israel.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I am the only child of Holocaust survivors. This legacy and the responsibility that comes with it, has driven my family, societal and professional activity for as long as I can remember. It follows me every day as I greet aspiring scientists, ambitious medical students, and dedicated health care workers. And it is so poignantly felt in the Galilee, the north of Israel, where many sectors of the population are challenged on a daily basis to improve and advance health education, well-being and prosperity. I like to believe that I am here to participate in this worthy endeavor of fulfilling the Zionist ideal of equality for all the residents and regions of our precious country. This is my personal mission and the mission of Bar-Ilan University through the establishment of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee.

In brief, I am a Kidney Specialist by training, having graduated with honors from the University of Toronto. I then pursued postgraduate clinical and research training in internal medicine, nephrology, and molecular biology at the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard. After, I served as Director of Nephrology and Professor in Medicine, Pediatrics and Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. Before my tenure at Bar-Ilan University, I headed the Department of Nephrology at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and served as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Rappaport Research Institute at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and was also later appointed Director of Medical and Research Development at Rambam. You may have learned about some of my research discoveries (not just kidney research but also research in genetics and genomics, especially the patrilineal and matrilineal lineages in Near East and Jewish populations) which have been featured on the popular media.

It is my honor to hold the post of the second Dean of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine of the Bar-Ilan University. I am supported every day by a dedicated wonderful staff - academic and administrative alike - driven by the shared desire to make the Galilee a strong research and health center of the State of Israel.

Throughout the website you will read about the accomplishments of the numerous talented colleagues who comprise the amazing Faculty, and with whom I have the privilege of friendship and working together. They inspire me daily and will inspire you as you explore Bar-Ilan University Azrieli Faculty of Medicine website and links.

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