Faculty of Medicine Newsletter 45 (July 8 - 21, 2021)

לניוזלטרים בעברית לחץ כאן.

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Welcome Northern Stars כוכבי הצפון Second Cohort!Northern Stars

The second cohort of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine Northern Stars residents program was inaugurated on July 15, 2021, thanks to the support of Mifal Hapais.

Northern Stars is a unique program aimed at attracting the most outstanding residents to the Galilee, to specialize in Family Medicine. The first cohort, also thanks to the support of Mifal Hapais, was dedicated to internal medicine and surgery.

We wish the new residents much success:

Dr. Shira Duamel
Dr. Liran Giladi
Dr. Ilia Halifin
Dr. Amit Katz
Dr. Naama Sitri
Dr. Miflach Tatur

Read more here.

Thank You to Mr. Moti Sonnenfeld for His Support

The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine was honored to host Mr. Moti Sonnenfeld on July 14, 2021.Moti Sonnenfeld

Mr. Sonnenfeld is the founder of the Danielle Foundation in memory of his daughter who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 20. Danielle had dreamed of studying medicine. Ten medical students have received scholarships thanks to the Danielle Foundation. Read more here.


PhD Seminar:  Evaluating the Implementation of an Intervention in a Hospital Setting to Reduce Unintentional Child Injuries (Ligat Daudi supervised by Dr. Siv​an Spitzer-Shohat, Prof. Anthony Luder,  Prof. Mary Rudolf)

Mazal Tov!

Mazal tov to Michal Mizrachi on the birth of a baby boy.


Condolences to Merav Israel on the untimely passing of her brother. תנוחמו מהשמים


Monday July 26, 2021: MD degree conferment ceremony (graduation)



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.

  • Anton Kvasha, Muhammad Khalifa, Seema Biswas, Moaad Farraj, Zakhar Bramnik, Igor Waksman: Novel Transgastric Endoluminal Segmental Esophagectomy and Primary Anastomosis Technique: A Hybrid Transgastric Thoracoscopic Esophagectomy for the Treatment of High Grade Dysplasia and Early Esophageal Cancer in a Porcine Ex vivo Model (Front Surg .)
  • Nimrod Rahamimov, Veronica Baturov, Adi Shani, Ilai Ben Zoor, Doron Fische, Anna Chernihovsky: Inadequate deltoid muscle penetration and concerns of improper COVID mRNA vaccine administration can be avoided by injection technique modification (Vaccine .)
  • Najib Dally: Non-immune Hemolysis in Gaucher Disease and Review of the Literature (Rambam Maimonides Med J .)
  • Elon Glassberg, Avi Benov: A prehospital scoring system for predicting the need for emergent blood product transfusion (Transfusion . )
  • Johnny S Younis, Nora Shapso, Yval Ben-Sira: Endometrioma surgery - A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect on antral follicle count and anti-Müllerian hormone (Am J Obstet Gynecol .)
  • Elite Arnon-Sheleg: The role of nuclear medicine in the workup of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) in a patient suffering from syncope and shortness of breath (Hebrew) (Harefuah .)
  • Sondra Turjeman: Drivers of change and stability in the gut microbiota of an omnivorous avian migrant exposed to artificial food supplementation (Mol Ecol . )
  • Hiba Zayyad: BNT162b2 vaccine breakthrough: clinical characteristics of 152 fully-vaccinated hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Israel (Clin Microbiol Infect . )
  • Gabby Elbaz-Greener, Guy Rozen, Fabio Kusniec, Ibrahim Marai, Shemy Carasso, Offer Amir: Comparing Trajectory of Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in the Early vs. Late Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Era (Front Cardiovasc Med . )
  • Tal Shachar: Reconstructive Microsurgery in the COVID-19 Environment (Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open . )
  • Maya Frank Wolf, Inshirah Sgayer, Areej Asslan, Eilam Palzur, Oleg Shnaider, Jacob Bornstein: The Hormonal Milieu by Different Labor Induction Methods in Women with Previous Cesarean Section: a Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial (Reprod Sci .)
  • Tawfik Khoury: Gastrointestinal manifestations of synthetic cannabinoids: a retrospective cohort study (BMC Gastroenterol . )


Faculty News 

See the two opening stories, Moti Sonnenfeld Visits Azrieli Faculty of Medicine and Northern Stars-Mifal Hapais Second Cohort Launch.

Faculty Exposure

Ynetnews.com: Wealthier cancer patients outlive those of more modest means, Israeli study finds (Dr. Ohad Ronen)

JPost.com: Poor Israelis from the periphery more likely to die of cancer - study (Dr. Ohad Ronen)

Ynetnews: Israel appoints Safed hospital director as new coronavirus czarProf. Salman Zarka

JNS.org: Global Online Bariatric Surgical Seminar — Fruit of Galilee Medical Center, Azrieli Faculty of Medicine Bar Ilan University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and the UAE’s Gulf Medical University Collaboration


New pictures uploaded to the website:

Northern Stars-Mifal Hapais Welcomes Second Cohort (July 2021)