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Blood platelets deficiency
August 28th, 2013
Not enough people donate blood platelets in Israel, and the deficiency gets worse during the holidays. Cancer patients and bone marrow transplant patients need regular blood platelets donations. The families of these patients spend their time constantly looking for potential donors.

New Israeli research reveals the skin role in allergic reactions
August 26th, 2013
Small protein units called Dzmozomim, which are part of the dermal barrier, play a significant role in the prevention of allergic diseases. In the last few years, there's an increase in allergic diseases, especially in skin allergies. Until recently, most people believed the cause is an inadequate function of the immune system.
Lately, there's been a change in the understanding of allergies. Many researchers now think that the dysfunctional immune system is a result of a defect in the dermal barrier, which is responsible for preventing the entrance of harmful external elements. These findings may lead to a new approach in developing new allergic medicine.

A new Psycho Dermatology clinic
August 11th, 2013
A new clinic in the skin department will deal with diagnosis and treatment of skin phenomena, caused by mental conditions, such as stress, depression, anxiety etc. Dr. Edith Orion, head of the clinic, explains that the clinic is designed for patients who suffer from skin diseases and conditions as a result of mental background, or patients who suffer from mental problems due to a skin condition.

A cooking evening for Diabetics
August 1st, 2013
Following the success of the "Healthy Casserole", a unique cooking group that combines guidance and cooking for diabetics, there will be a new evening held in October. The evening will focus on healthy nutrition, organized meals throughout the day, support and tools to conduct a healthy lifestyle. The evening will take place on October 10th, at the Tel Aviv Medical Endocrinology Institute.

Free exams for Hepatitis C
July 28th, 2013
Medical Tel Aviv Center is organizing a day of exams for Hepatitis C (liver infection), due to the awareness day for the disease. It is a free blood test, to detect the virus. Hepatitis C causes a chronic infection in the liver, which can lead to liver failure, and eventually, liver transplant. The exams will be on July 30th, at 9 am - 3 pm, in Ted Arison Medical Tower's loby.

An Evening Dedicated to Dental Health
June 27th, 2013
The evening will include different lectures and a QA panel. Among the lectures:

  • Rejection of dental transplant by Dr. Benjamin Shlomi, head of the axillo-Facial unit at the dental health center.
  • Causes and prevention of bad breath by Dr. Amir Schuster.
  • Prosthodontics (oral reconstruction) by Dr. Eran Zanziper, expert at the Prosthodontics clinic.
  • The connection between gum disease, heart disease and coronary artery by Dr. Haya Meir, gum disease expert.

July 30th, 20:00 pm, at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D, Tel Aviv medical center.

The First Thinest Cornea Transplant in the World
June 5th, 2013
Two extremely thin cornea transplants were performed recently at Tel Aviv Medical Center for the first time. Dr. David Varssano, head of cornea disease center, and Dr. Eliya Levinger performed these surgeries, which were successful.

The advantages of this kind of transplant are the small incision, which doesn't require stitches and also doesn't expose the eye to risks as a thicker cornea transplant does. Additionally, the replaced tissue in this case is minimal, therefore, there's a bigger chance the transplant won't be rejected, and will function well in the long term.

An Evening Dedicated to Healthy Skin
May 30th, 2013
Professor Eli Sprecher, head of the dermatology department, will begin the evening with an opening speech. Dr. Mor Pavlosky will speak about prevention and early diagnosis of skin cancer, Dr. Danny Slodownik, manager of the dermatology allergy clinic, will speak about the development of skin diseases as a result of different work environments. Dr. Tsvi Segal, manager of the dermo aesthetics center will speak about scar tissue treatment and skin rejuvenation and Dr. Idit Orion, manager of the derma psychology clinic, will speak about psychological aspects of skin disease. There will also be a QA panel.
June 25th, 20:00 pm, at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D, Tel Aviv medical center.

Duodenum Endobarrier - Balancing Diabetes Type 2 and Weight Loss
April 17th, 2013

Tel Aviv Medical Center will start using endobarrier sleeve, which will be placed in the duodenum. It imitates the mechanism of bypass surgery and achieves results, without surgery or damaging the digestive system.
It is designed for type 2 diabetes patients who don't have blood sugar balance with medicine. There are 400,000 diabetics in Israel, whose blood sugar levels aren't sufficiently balanced and can cause kidney, eye and limb complications as well as vascular and heart disease.

There are 1,500 patients around the world who have been treated using the endobarrier sleeve. According to results, there's a significant decrease of 2.1% in glycosylated hemoglobin levels and more than 80% of the patients reached a 7% lower Hba1c.

Breast Cancer - Treatment Innovations
April 8th, 2013

Tel Aviv Medical Center is holding a day for innovation in the treatment of breast cancer. The schedule includes a panel about the way children cope with learning their parents have cancer. Professor Moshe Inbar, manager of the Oncology Unit, will be speaking about breast cancer treatment innovations.

Dr. Orit Golan will speak about new technologies in the field, Dr. Rinat Bernstein Molcho will speak about breast cancer genetics, Dr. Diana Matsevski will speak about breast radiation changes, Dr. Tamar Safra will discuss the ATLAS research, Dr. Larisa Rivo will speak about hormonal treatment innovations and Prof. Ilan Ron will speak about chemo-biological treatment innovations.
April 24th, 9:00 am, at the lecture hall, Sourasky Building, -2 floor,  Tel Aviv Medical Center.

"The Best There Are" - 2013
April 7th, 2013

This year is the 12th year in a row, in which "Maariv" newspaper releases an issue dedicated to the best in the medicine field. Like previous years, Tel Aviv Medical Center appears in several main fields: General Oncology, Radiotherapy, Urology, Orthopedics, Allergy Immunology, Endocrinology, Otolaryngology, Nuerosurgery, Genetics, Uro Gynecology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Pulmonary and many more.

Health evening dedicated to allergies
March 20th, 2013

The spring is approaching and so are the allergies. This evening will present several lectures: Professor Shmuel Kivity, manager of the allergy unit, will speak about the reasons for allergies. Dr. Laliv Chedar will speak about allergy diagnosis, Dr. Kobi Sade will speak about new methods of treating allergies and Dr. Shira Ben Or will speak about allergies in young children. At the end of the evening, there will be a QA panel.
April 30th, 20:00 pm, at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D, Tel Aviv medical center. 

An evening dedicated to the health of the eyes
February 27th, 2013

Dr. Shimon Kurtz, manager of the eye clinics and the glaucoma clinic at Tel Aviv medical center, will open the evening. Dr. Dafna Goldenberg, responsible of the retina's optical imaging  clinic, will speak about technological innovations in eye imaging. Dr. Eliya Levinger, external eye and cornea specialist, will speak about cataract lazer surgeries.Dr. Roni Rachmiel, glaucoma specialist, will speak about glaucoma, the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Dr. Michaella Goldstein, deputy director of the eye department and manager of the glass and retina clinic, will speak about the atrophy of the central vision related to age. Prof. Anat Kesler, manager of the neuro ophthamology unit and the pseudotumor cerebri center, will speak about double vision disorder.

March 19th, 20:00 pm, at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D, Tel Aviv medical center.

"The Healthy Casserole" - a unique cooking group for diabetics
February 18th, 2013

This cooking group is the first of a kind in Israel, and it combines cooking with guidance in healthy nutrition especially for diabetic patients. The cooking group will focus on nutrition, tools for healthy and tasty meals, as well as family meals. The group also offers support and answers regarding medical problems and creating a quality of life.

This cooking session will take place at the endocrinology Tel Aviv medical center, on April 10th, 2013.

A health evening dedicated to the metabolic syndrome

January 30th, 2013

Prof. Naftali Stern, manager of the Endocrinology Institute, will open the evening with a speech. Dr. Yonit Marcus, head of the clinic for high blood pressure, will speak about the causes of the syndrome, the symptoms and the consequences. Dr. Jessica Zach, head of the metabolic syndrome treatment center, will speak about the treatments and ways to reduce the risks.  Prof. Naftali Stern will also speak about the effect of the syndrome on the brain. Limor Ben Haim, clinical dietician, and Eilat Barak-Nahum, cook therapist, will both speak about eating healthy.

February 26th, 20:00 pm, at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D, Tel Aviv medical center.

The center for tumors in the digestive system

January 30th, 2013

This center was open as part of the Oncology department. Dr. Ravit Geva, manager of the center, said that the right approach of dealing with cancer is multidisciplinary treatment, which revolves around the patient and their family. The center includes an expert clinic, a nurse service, a gastro clinic that specializes in nutrition and several more clinics.

A health evening dedicated to preventing cancer
December 19th, 2012

The evening is called "Know more - fear less", and it will include four lectures. Professor Nadir Arber, manager of the center for preventing and diagnosing cancer, will speak about early detection and diagnosis. Professor Avi Or-Ortarger, manager of the genetic institute, will speak about cancer genetics and the test for estimating the chances of getting cancer. Dr. Ishay Levin, manager of the woman health center, will speak about preventing cancer in women. Orly Menirav, clinical dietitian, will speak about nutrition as a way of preventing cancer.

January 29th, 20:00 pm, at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D, Tel Aviv medical center.

New treatment in high blood pressure by burning the renal artery
December 16th, 2012

This is a new treatment in high blood pressure offered by Tel Aviv medical center. The treatment is possible by neutralizing the nerves that lead to and from the kidney, and also send electrical signals to the brain, resulting in the narrowing of the blood vessels.

The procedure takes about an hour and has no significant side effects. Research has shown this treatment works. It is designed for men and women who have 90/150 blood pressue or higher and have been medicated with at least three medications for the last 18 months.

For the first time, new technology enables performing an echo test during a stress test
December 2nd, 2012

Tel Aviv medical center began using a special bed that allows performing the two tests simultaneously. The bed was created in Germany and it includes sensors that can process the data of the stress test and discover heart probelms. This is a safer way to conduct the stress test, since it is done lying down.

Dr. Yan Topilsky, the manager of the Echocardiography service at Tel Aviv medical center, mentioned that this bed has already diagnosed two patients with serious problems, and as a result, they immediately went into surgery. This bed enables to conduct a thorough exam of the level of fitness, maximun output of the heart and lungs, and therefore, it's possible to determine the best exercise plan for the patient.

A special health evening dedicated to the innovations in aesthetic medicine
November 22nd, 2012

This evening is mainly focused on skin treatments, and it includes several lectures: Dr. Hagit Metz, the vice president of the skin department at the Tel Aviv medical center, will be speaking about the aging of the skin. Dr. Zvi Segal, manager of the aesthetic medicine center, will be speaking about the connection between beauty and medicine as well as about scar treatment. Dr. Ayelet Rishpon will be speaking about botox treatments and Dr. Michal Midan will be speaking about Hyperhidrosis treatment.

December 18th, 20:00 pm, at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D, Tel Aviv medical center.

Tel Aviv medical center has won the "Green House" award
November 22nd, 2012

The "Green House" award has been given to Tel Aviv medical center as part of the "Beautiful Hospital in a Beautiful Israel competition" for being conspicuous and environmental friendly. The hospital has won numerous awards throughout the past 17 years and continues to do so.

The original medicine for Glaucoma treatment is more efficient than the generic medicine
November 12th, 2012

According to a new study, which was conducted at Tel Aviv medical center's eye department, the generic medicine for Glaucoma is much less efficient than the original medicine and it also causes side effects, such as eye pain, tears and blurred vision. The health clinics welcomed the generic medicine because it's much cheaper compared to the original medicine.

Dr. Shimon Kurtz, manager of the Glaucoma clinic and eye department, said that there's a fear that the generic medicine is less effective in reducing intraocular pressure and if patients, who experienced side effects, had continued taking it, they would have stopped eventually and this would have risked their vision. Furthermore, Dr. Kurtz said that the damage caused by the generic medicine will ultimately cost more than the amount it was supposed to save.

A free exam marathon for detecting and preventing COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
November 5th, 2012

On the occasion of the international COPD day in November, the Tel Aviv medical center is offering an exam marathon with the purpose of early detection and prevention of the disease. The exams are designed especially for past and current smokers, as well as for those who suffer from chronic cough and Dyspnea.

November 14th, 9:00 am - 14:00 pm, at the Tel Aviv medical center's lobby of the Arison tower, 6 Weizman st.

Health promotion program for cancer patients

October 18th, 2012

This program is inspired by "The Work of Byron Katie", which has become famous in the field of mind and body treatments. It is meant to empower the patient through awareness and a deep observation of thoughts leading to stress.

Many cancer patients who survived are left to deal with fatigue, depression, body image issues and troubles returning to work. Their difficult and painful process has led to the development of this program, in order to support the patients during treatments and help them rebuild their lives afterwards. The program includes 8 meetings, and it will start on November 4th, at 15:30 pm, Oncological library, 10th floor.

New on Tel Aviv Medical Center site: the extent of surgeries in 2011

October 18th, 2012

The site will publish for the first time the extent of surgeries and exams that are performed in the hospital every year. The goal is to share up to date information with the users of the site. There were 32,000 surgeries in 2011, not including procedures, according to the information on the site.

The site includes many pages with details of each surgey and procedure that was done, explaining its purpose, reasons for it and further details.

A health evening dedicated to arthritis and rheumatology

October 17th, 2012

There will be lectures about the connection between Inflammatory cells spondylitis and Psoriatic arthritis, treatment of arthritis, gout and arthritis in children.

The lecturers intended to speak are: Professor Dan Caspi, Professor Uri Elkayam, Doctor Dafna Faran, Doctor David Levartovsky and Doctor Gil Amrilio. It will take place on November 27th, at 20:00 pm, the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D.

A Cooking group for diabetic patients called "The Healthy Casserole"

October 11th, 2012

For the first time in Israel, diabetic patients will have the opportunity to participate in the unique cooking group "the Healthy Casserole". The purpose of the group is to teach healthy nutrition, as well as cooking. It will give tools to maintain a healthy nutritional life style that also tastes great. 

The activity will take place at the endocrinology institution at Tel Aviv Medical Center on October 31st.

An evening dedicated to the prevention and treatment of strokes and Atrial fibrillation
September 27th, 2012

We will meet for an evening of health lectures, focusing on strokes and Atrial fibrillation. Professor Nathan Burnstein, the head of blood vessels of the brain unit at the Tel Aviv medical center, will speak of the prevention of strokes. Doctor Chen Halevi will emphasize the importance of every minute once a stroke has occured and will explain what to do in a similar situation.

In addition, Doctor Tali Yonesh will talk about innovations in the field of blood vessels of the brain and neck arteries. The last lecture will be given by Doctor Raphael Ruso about taking care of the heart with the purpose of preventing potential strokes.

October 16th at 20:00 pm, at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2nd floor, block D.

A new research reveals the genetic defect which causes "SOFT syndrome"
August 28th, 2012

A research conducted by Prof. Eli Sprecher, head of Dermatology department at TAMC, and Prof. Stavit Shalev, revealed the genetic mutation of a severe skin disorder named "SOFT syndrome". The symptoms of the disease include a short stature, abnormal nail and hair structure and unique facial features.

Prof. Sprecher states: "Finding the genetic mutation which causes SOFT syndrome allows us today to offer appropriate genetic counsel and pre-navel diagnosis for families that have this disorder in their medical history".

The first DBS transplant performed in Israel to treat drug resistant Epilepsy
August 8th, 2012

For the first time in Israel, a DBS transplant was performed at TAMC for treating drug resistant Epilepsy. The procedure was conducted by Dr. Itzhak Fried, head of Neurology department at TAMC. Dr. Fried explained that the DBS system consists of two electrodes and a pacemaker, which are inserted into the brain of the patient.

Today, approximately 1% of the human population suffers from Epilepsy. At about 30% of the cases, it's very hard to treat the symptoms with drugs, if at all possible. Other means of treatment for those severe cases include resection of the epileptic focus in the brain, which is in charge of the attacks, and a pacemaker transplant onto the Vagus nerve.

An evening dedicated to pain management

July 24th , 2012

You are welcome to join us for an entire evening dedicated to pain management. During the evening, several experts will hold lectures on a variety of topics, including ways to ease the pain, the differences between male-female nervous systems, psychological aspects and more.
July 24th at the lecture hall (auditorium), Sourasky Building, 2d floor, block D.

Innovations in diagnostics and treatment for Multiple Myeloma disease
July 24th, 2012

A special conference regarding the Multiple Myeloma disease will be held at TASMC on July 2nd. 

During the evening, many physicians will review the different aspects of the disease and the possible treatments. At the end, half an hour will be dedicated to Q&A. The participation is free of charge.
July 2nd at the lecture hall (auditorium), The Sammy Ofer Heart Building, -1 floor.

New at TASMC: A certified nursing training program for scholars

July 17th , 2012

The "Shoenbron" Academic Nursing School is launching a certified nursing training program for BA scholars. The program offers two different study tracks: an intensive track and a flexibke track. The intensive option is suitable for those who wish to graduate after two and a half years, and it requires attendance from morning until the afternoon each day. For those who prefer the flexible track, it will take three years to complete their studies, and they will finish the academic day at noon.

Pediatric Gastroenterology symposium

June 24th, 2012


The Gastroenterology Unit at Dana-Dwek Children's Hospital is inviting you to a symposium on gastrointestinal diseases in children. The purpose of the symposium is to better understand the disease, and learn how to cope with it practically and mentally. The symposium will take place on July 16th at the Sammy Ofer heart building.

A special symposium on Pemphigus
June 21st, 2012


A special symposium on the Pemphigus disease is held by the Dermatology department at TASMC, for Pemphigus patients and their families. Among the issues that will be discussed is the genetic basis of the disease, the mental aspects of coping with the disease and a meeting with an expert panel. The symposium will take place on June 28t at the Sammy Ofer heart building.

A study reveals the genetic basis of PRP (Skin disease)
June 18th , 2012

An international study led by Prof. Eli Sprecher, director of the Dermatology department at TASMC, unraveled the genetic basis of PRP. PRP is a severe skin disease which is manifested in large red areas on the body, prickly rash and thickening of the skin, the hands and feet. The disease is not uncommon, but it is well known for being very durable to treatment.

It has long been known that it is transmitted from generation to generation in certain families, which suggests that there is a genetic basis for the disease. The results of the study, which lasted over a decade, were published this week in "The American Journal of Human Genetics". The new findings, that reveal the mechanism behind the disease, allow doctors to utilize new treatment options, based on the understanding of the cause for the disease. 

A new device is to relief Glaucoma patient's intraocular pressure
June 6th , 2012


A new device, named "Trabectome", was introduced in the TAMSC in the last few days. The device is designed to minimize the extent of invasive treatment for intraocular pressure (Glaucoma) patients. Glaucoma is a group of diseases, that cause irreversible damage to the optic nerve, and is one of the causes for blindness.

So far, the treatment for intraocular pressure was making a hole in the wall of the eye of the patient, through which it was possible to drain the fluids. This was executed with a knife, and in many cases resulted in an unpleasant sensation and sometimes caused infections, even years after the surgery took place.

The new device enables doctors to reach the blocked area of the eye directly, and makes a very small incision. The device is designed primarily for patients with mild to moderate Glaucoma condition, who did not benefit from medication.  The success rate of "Trabectome" is ranging between 80% -90%.

Symposium on prostate cancer 

May 31st , 2012

On 26/6 TASMC is holding a special event, dedicated to provoding information about prostate cancer. You are welcomed to attend the following lectures, which will be held between 20:00 - 23:00 p.m:

  • "No need to haste and cut" - a review of all the decisions that need to be considered, from the moment of the diagnosis until the choice of treatment.(Prof. Haim Matzkin, Director of the Department of Urology, Medical Center, Tel - Aviv).
  • "An open surgery vs. a closed surgery" - a lecture about prostate surgery innovations. (Dr. Avy Beri, a senior physician in the Department of Urology).
  • "Targeted killing of cancer - radiate inside and out" - about the advanced radiation therapy for prostate cancer. (Dr. Eliahu Gez, Clinical and Radiational Oncology specialist, Director of Urological Oncology Unit).
  • "Hormones, the prostate and their interaction" - the hormonal treatments and chemotherapy to stop the growth of prostate cancer. (Dr. David Sarid, Clinical and Radiational Oncology specialist, Department of Oncology). 

A new research indicates that Roaccutane treatment for Acne, results in a high percentage of ocular side effects

April 23d , 2012

A new study conducted by Dr. Meira Neudorfer, dept. of Ophthalmology at TASMC, alongside with Dr. Gabriel Hodik, Dr. Orna Shamai-Luvovitz, MSc. Inbal Goldshtein and Dr. Varda Shalev from the Medical Informix department at Maccabi Medical Services, found that there is a direct link between the use of Acne medication "Roaccutane" and ocular morbidity.

The results revealed that 13.6% of the patients, who were treated for Acne with Roaccutane, suffered from conjunctivitis and eyelid inflammation during the first year of treatment, and eventually required medical attention for these conditions.

This incidence was significantly higher in prevalence then in similar subjects with Acne, who weren't treated with the drug (about 9.6%), and a parallel group of about 14,600 healthy subjects (only 7.1%). The highest incidence of the side effects was during the 4th month of treatment. The researchers mentioned above, call for dermatologists and family physicians to pay attention to the phenomena.

A new study reveals the genetic basis of a severe skin disease, which is very common among Jews

April 18th , 2012

Pemphigus Vulgaris is one of the most severe skin diseases known in the medical world. The disease typically erupts during the 5th or 6th decade of one's life. It is reflected in the emergence of multiple blisters on the skin, and on the mucous membranes of the body (such as the oral cavity and genital area). Without treatment, Pemphigus Vulgaris may result in death within a short time.

In recent years, it became clear that the disease stems from the creation of auto-antibodies, which damage cellular connections between the upper layers of the skin. Although the disease is usually considered as one that affects mostly adults, many facts point to the notion that there is a genetic basis for this condition.

An international study revealed this week, that genetic variations in the ST18 gene affect the tendency of people of Jewish or Egyptian origin to develop this disease. The study was directed by Prof. Eli Sprecher, head of the Dermatology department at TASMC, and by Prof. Ibrahim Saleh, from the University of Lubeck,
Dr. Ofer Sarig from TASMC, who led the study, said: "Although Pemphigus Vulgaris is a very rare disease worldwide, it is highly prevalent in the Jewish population. This has allowed us to include in our study the largest number of Pemphigus Vulgaris patients, to date. It's also what gave us the opportunity to search for the genetic variations that result in a tendency to develop this disease, within any part of the human genome, and not just in small areas as is done today."


New at TASMC: a combined clinic for Sinuses-Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

March 11th , 2012

A new clinic recently opened at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC): a combined clinic for Sinuses-Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The clinic will treat patients with sinus diseases, which originate in dental diseases. The new clinic is managed jointly by senior physicians: Dr. Ilan Koren (Department of ENT) and Dr. Shlomi Kleinman (Oral and maxillofacial surgery unit).

According to Dr. Ilan Koren, a senior physician at the ENT and the Otolaryngology
(Head and Neck Surgery) departments, tooth borne sinus diseases may be caused by chronic dental infection, an inflammation after sinus lifting for dental implants, cysts and more. To date, these patients have been treated in every field individually. The surgical intervention was sometimes doubled, both by an ENT physician and by an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. Also Dr. Koren said that once they have identified the need for providing a unified treatment to both problems, they decided to join forces. The treatment will be given at an integrated clinic, which shortens the waiting time and the length of treatment. The new clinic lessens repeated visits to the hospital. It also allows the patient to get the treatment in one place and from one team, from the moment of the diagnosis until the follow-up after the treatment/surgery.

It should be noted that the consolidation of the treatment under one roof and joint follow-up should shorten the duration of treatment from several months to just three hours. Also the clinic is expected to alleviate some of the patient’s pain and discomfort, associated with the treatments. Moreover, the waiting period between treatments by each surgeon separately should be shortened. So far the success of joint operations, as well as the patient’s satisfaction, both indicates a high necessity for such a clinic.

New at TASMC: a combined clinic for Sinuses-Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

March 11th , 2012

A new clinic recently opened at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC): a combined clinic for Sinuses-Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The clinic will treat patients with sinus diseases, which originate in dental diseases. The new clinic is managed jointly by senior physicians: Dr. Ilan Koren (Department of ENT) and Dr. Shlomi Kleinman (Oral and maxillofacial surgery unit).

According to Dr. Ilan Koren, a senior physician at the ENT and the Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) departments, tooth borne sinus diseases may be caused by chronic dental infection, an inflammation after sinus lifting for dental implants, cysts and more. To date, these patients have been treated in every field individually. The surgical intervention was sometimes doubled, both by an ENT physician and by an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. Also Dr. Koren said that once they have identified the need for providing a unified treatment to both problems, they decided to join forces. The treatment will be given at an integrated clinic, which shortens the waiting time and the length of treatment. The new clinic lessens repeated visits to the hospital. It also allows the patient to get the treatment in one place and from one team, from the moment of the diagnosis until the follow-up after the treatment/surgery.

It should be noted that the consolidation of the treatment under one roof and joint follow-up should shorten the duration of treatment from several months to just three hours. Also the clinic is expected to alleviate some of the patient’s pain and discomfort, associated with the treatments. Moreover, the waiting period between treatments by each surgeon separately should be shortened. So far the success of joint operations, as well as the patient’s satisfaction, both indicates a high necessity for such a clinic.

New in Lis Maternity Hospital: Women's Health Center

March 6th, 2012

The new Women's Health Center will provide medical services to women in all areas of medicine. The service will be provided for women of reproductive age until menopause. The center will be conducted by Dr. Yishai Levin, an expert in obstetrics and gynecology, and a women's senior physician.

The center includes 19 specialized clinics dealing with various areas in women’s health medicine. The center will be managed by the best women's health experts at the hospital. Along with the many clinics at the ultra-sound midwifery, a unique series of tests will be conducted at the new center. These tests range from nuchal translucency scans to amniocentesis tests.

"The new service center will be occupied only by specialists who are the cutting edge of the medical community in the field of gynecology," emphasizes Prof. Yossi Lessing, director of Lis Maternity Hospital.


A heart valve for children was transplanted in an elderly woman

February 22nd 2012

A heart valve that is usually used for cardiac catheterization in children was recently transplanted in a woman about 80 years old, in Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC). The transplant was done in a minimally invasive surgical procedure through the cardiac apex by a team of experts led by Dr. Yanai Ben Gal, Director of the Minimally Invasive and Hybrid Cardiac Surgery Service, together with Dr. Arik Finkelstein, Director of the Catheterization Unit, Dr. Amir Kramer and Dr. Elhanan Bruckheimer, Director of the Catheterization Unit in Schneider Children’s Medical Center.

The unique transplant was done due to the patient’s complicated medical history. The woman had already undergone bypass surgery and heart valve replacement. Recently her condition deteriorated to heart failure, due to damage caused to her old valve. Due to her medical condition and the size of her previous valve, the surgery risks were high and a conventional heart surgery was not an option.

To date, there are no other instances known of transplants of this kind, with an artificial heart valve so small.

Walking rehabilitation using virtual reality

February 9th 2012

New in Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC) - an intensive therapeutic program for walking rehabilitation and fall prevention. The program is intended for patients who suffer from walk disturbance, caused by different reasons, and for patients who fell in the past or are prone to falling. The program is fit for elderly people with walk disturbance and extra risk of falling, patients who suffered a stroke, Parkinson’s and MS (multiple sclerosis) patients, as well as people with balance and orthopedic problems.

The program is revolutionary in its field and is applied for the first time in Israel - in TASMC. The program was built and is monitored by a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, researchers, clinical psychologists and rehabilitation experts, and is held in a unique treatment center built especially for this purpose at TASMC.

The program includes intensive walk training on a treadmill in a virtual changing reality, which requires the patients to deal with surprises and obstacles along the way. The program is adapted for each patient. The treatment requires the patients to participate three times a week, 30-45 minutes per session.


Ashkenazi genes may reduce risk of developing Parkinson's Disease

January 11th 2012

Researchers at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC) recognized genetic mutations in Israelis of Ashkenazi descent, which protect their carriers from Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic degenerative disease that is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly population. In recent years, a research has been conducted at the Genetics Institute and Department of Neurology at TASMC, with the goal of identifying the genetic factors of the disease that will allow better treatment and prevention. So far, several mutations that increase the risk of the disease were identified in a number of genes. These mutations exist in about third of the patients and 8% of the healthy Ashkenazi population.

In a new research published in early January 2012 in the magazine “Archives of Neurology” the researchers showed, for the first time, that in the Ashkenazi population there are genetic mutations that protect against Parkinson’s disease.

The research was conducted on some 1,360 subjects, both ill and healthy, and was headed by Prof. Avi Orr-Urtreger, the director of the Genetics Institute, as part of the doctoral dissertation of Ziv Gan-Or, and in collaboration with Prof. Nir Giladi, the director of the Department of Neurology, and their teams. The research’s results show that in the area called PARK16, which is in chromosome 1, a number of genetic mutations exist which reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by about 1.5 times, similar to previous findings that were found in populations from Japan, Europe and China.

In this research they found that 1 in 4 Ashkenazi descents carries at least one of these genetic mutations which reduces the chance of developing the disease. In addition, the researchers proved that 1 in about 70 Ashkenazi descents have a combination of genetic mutations that reduces the risk of developing the disease up to 10 times.


Volume Matters!

November 24th 2011

A study conducted at Ichilov hospital examined the ratio between the volume of the breast tumor and the volume of the breast as a possible predicting factor between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. 

The research included sixty-four patients with breast cancer, who underwent a pre-surgery MRI between 2008 and 2010. Some of the patients received pre-surgery chemotherapy treatment in order to reduce the volume of the tumor.

The study found that there is a significant connection between the relative volume of the tumor and the breast volume as a predicting index for a lumpectomy and a mastectomy.

In the past two decades a change as occurred in the surgical approach towards breast cancer treatment, that offers lumpectomy surgery to most patients (as opposed to mastectomy, in contrary to the past) without diminishing the recovery rates from the disease.

Researchers from the Ichilov Imaging Division and the Breast Health unit in the surgical division hope that the index discovered in the study will become an objective and helpful tool in the surgeon's decision making process.

The State of AIDS - 2011

November 22nd 2011

Every year 100 new HIV carriers are treated at Ichilov-Sourasky AIDS Center. The majority of them are diagnosed at a late stage.

Since the discovery of the disease in 1981, many changes have taken place: medical treatment that allows the patients to lead a comfortable life much like chronic diseases. Yet, there are still a few obstacles that lie ahead.

Today, complete recovery is not possible, and treatments can expose patients to several side-effects. Similar side-effects can be caused by the HIV virus itself, which is one of the reason patients receive medical treatment at an early stage of the disease.

However, some of the new diagnosed patients carry a virus which is immune to medicine, and thus treatment possibilities are limited. 

This year, as in recent years, about 100 HIV carriers have been added to the patient list at Ichilov AIDS center, adding up to 1,100 patients in total.

Getting your Liver into Shape

October 3rd 2011

A new and one of a kind study is being held at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, that checks the effect of different fitness trainings on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is tied to weight gaining and to the metabolic syndrome.

Previous studies have shown that the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is mainly connected to lack in aerobic physical activity (cardiovascular endurance).
Anaerobic activity has been proven not to be effective in balancing indices tied to diabetes such as insulin sensitivity and decreasing disease indices. 
These days, the Gastroenterological institute is conducting a research that aims to see whether strength training, for a period of three months, improves the different disease indices such as liver fat quantity and liver enzymes levels in the blood, which indicate a damaged liver. 

New at Ichilov Hospital in Tel aviv: Wheelchair-lending Stations

September 4th 2011 

After a week-long pilot program, Ichilov Hospital has started lending wheelchairs for the patients' convenience.
The wheelchairs, new and well-designed, can be borrowed at three stations:
1. On the main avenue of the main road to the hospital, next to the taxi station.
2. At the security point, next to the ER entrance (-1).
3. At the Dana-Dwek Children's Hospital's reception office.
Wheelchairs can be borrowed upon presenting an identification card and signing a form.

Endoscopic Treatment for Atrial fibrillation (AF)

August 11th 2011 

Atrial fibrillation is a cardiac arrhythmia that is common among 2% of the world's population. Up until now, the way to treat AF was through medication and Catheterization. Recently, a new method of burning the source of arrhythmia through endoscopic access has been introduced.

This minimally invasive procedure was first carried out at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (TASMC).

In this new method, a 10 mm diameter burning of the left atrium is performed through three incisions. A camera is inserted in one of the incisions, while new equipment that allows burning the arrhythmia sources is inserted in the other two.

To be born without an identity

August 8th 2011 

A team of researchers from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, in collaboration with the University of Basel in Switzerland, has reached a breakthrough in understanding the Immigration Delay Disease. Individuals with this condition, also known as adermatoglyphia, are born without fingerprints and often face problems when passing through security or checkpoints where fingerprint-identification is required. After years of research, the gene responsible for this mutation has been discovered. Since abnormal fingerprints are associated with different diseases, some severe, perhaps the new findings will lead to a new understanding of common skin-related – and non-skin related – conditions.


New at Ichilov Medical Center: a 3D system for the Treatment of Brain aneurysms without Surgery

July 7th 2011 

The new device was introduced to the neuro-radiology invasive unit at the Ichilov Medical Center. It enables to screen the brain in 3D with high resolution and maximum sharpness, a digital enhancement of up to four times without any radiation to the patient. It also performs brain catheterizations to treat brain aneurysms. The system also performs very precise measurements of blood vessels and a CT at the end of each procedure.

The device is part of a current trend to favor minimal invasive procedures over invasive surgeries.  


A Cooperation Agreement Signed Between Ichilov Medical Hospital (TASMC) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital

June 20th 2011 

An agreement between Ichilov Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital – the third largest children's hospital in the United States – has been signed this month.

This cooperation covers many fields: sharing of medical data, promotion of joint scientific research, training of medical students, interns, nurses and scientists in the field of children's Hemato Oncology, bone marrow transplants and immunology, and continuing education program of staff at both hospitals.

The Ichilov Aesthetic Medicine Center is Open

May 4th 2011 

Ichilov Medical Center introduces the center for aesthetic medicine. Procedures include: Botox injections, wrinkle fillings, acne scar treatment, and peeling among others. All procedures are performed by Ichilov's leading dermatologists.

BAHA implants for hearing improvement

April 12th 2011 

BAHA implant operations are now performed at Ichilov Medical Center.

The BAHA implant is a solution to those suffering from a conductive hearing loss, who cannot wear regular hearing aids, in cases where the apparatus causes infections to the exterior ear.

The implant is made of titanium and is inserted via local or general anesthesia behind the ear into the scalp. After six weeks the implant merges with the skull and a hearing processor is assembled upon it. The processor then transmits the sounds directly into the nerve and the hearing cochlea. 

The Sammy Ofer Heart Building Inaugurated

March 9th 2011 

The TASMC is proud to announce that the Sammy Ofer Heart Building was opened on March 9th 2011. The Construction of the building was made possible thanks to a generous donation of $42 million dollars by Sammy Ofer, and additional donations of $45 million dollars by various generous donors.

The building is over 56 thousand square meters in space, and stretches nine floors above ground and four floors underground. It has been constructed according to green architecture standards and includes an air purification system that was developed in Israel.

A New Treatment for Gastroesophageal reflux disease

January 23rd 2011 

Forty percent of the population up to the age of 40 suffers from Gastroesophageal reflux disease that causes stomach acid to come up from the stomach and lead to heartburn.

The Ichilov Medical Center is now offering a new radio-wave procedure that spares the need for surgery.

The procedure is performed through regular Gastroscopy: an EGD is inserted to the patient's mouth through which a catheter with a folded balloon is inserted as well. A doctor monitors the procedure through via a TV screen, positions the catheter and inflates the balloon that sends radio waves that destroy the damaged mucosa. The patient is released home within two hours from the end of the procedure.

This new treatment does not heal or relieve the reflux, but prevents the development of Esophagus mucosa cancer.


New surgical method for treating slipped disc

December 12th 2010 

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center’s (Ichilov) spine care unit has developed a new minimally invasive method of operating for a slipped neck disc. The new method allows treatment without having to remove the slipped discs entirely and fusing of two vertebrae, a complicated procedure which requires an extensive recovery period. In the new method, developed by Dr. Zvi Lidar, the surgeon makes a small cut at the back of the patient’s neck and with microsurgical instrument cuts off the extruding portion of the disc only, rather than removing the entire disc, which shortens the patient’s recovery period.


New Cervical Health Clinic

December 7th 2010 

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) has opened a new clinic for cervical health that aims to achieve early detection of Papilloma virus infections in healthy women and monitoring of women in risk. Early detection allows women to begin preventative treatment before the cells transform the tissue into a condition that requires more complicated and difficult treatment later on. In the clinic every patient receives consultation that includes a risk factor assessment, a doctor examination, a PAP smear and testing for 21 types of the HPV virus.

Melanoma can now be detected with 90% success

June 20th 2010 

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) recently opened a new facility for early skin cancer detection in the department of dermatology which offers dermoscopic tests. Early detection is crucial in the case of Melanoma, one of the most devastating skin cancers, as the possibilities of treatment for the advanced disease are quite limited. In contrast, early diagnosis promises very high survival rates. Dermoscopy is a relatively new technology which proven to significantly improve the diagnostic accuracy of early skin cancer detection. This new state-of-the-art facility provides the patients with the most advanced means for prevention of the most common form of cancer in humans, skin cancer.

Endoscopic Ultrasounds at Ichilov: Drainage instead of Surgery

June 20th 2010 

Participants of the European Endoscopic Ultrasound Union’s convention (EURO EUS 2010) watched a live broadcast from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) of a gall bladder and pancreas drainage - a procedure that can be done instead of an extensive pancreatic bypass surgery which has high mortality rates. Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov) has the most experience in Israel in the Endoscopic ultrasound field and has preformed dozens of treatments for draining cysts and abscesses with great success.


Major Donation for Ichilov’s Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Research

June 10th 2010 

Ichilov received a 4.2 million dollar donation for research on Inflammatory bowel diseases. A month after being rated as the research center that raises the most donations out of all of the Israeli hospitals, Ichilov also received the largest grant research ever given in Israel. The donation was given for research on Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis and Pouches.


Day Treatments at Ichilov

March 9th 2010 

Ichilov is the first hospital in Israel to offer day treatment for patients with complex neurology conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer. Up until now, patients who underwent medical procedures had to be hospitalized. The new neurological day treatment at Ichilov saves patients time, and they can quickly return to their day to day routine. Patients are accompanied by a neurologist and nurses from the beginning of the treatment to its end. 


New Blood Test to Detect Heart Attacks and Strokes

January 11th 2010 

A new blood test (Plac test) could save from a heart attack or a stroke. A simple blood sample could predict, in great precision, what the odds are of suffering a heart attack or a stroke, even among those who are not in any risk groups. You no longer have to wait for any warning signs. This simple blood test is held at the Institute for Special Medical Examinations in Ichilov hospital. Results are given three weeks after the blood test


New Medical Psychology Clinic

January 11th 2010 

A new medical psychology clinic in Ichilov. Medical psychology is a specialty in psychology that aims to help patients in different conditions: whether they have chronic conditions, heart diseases, diabetes, cancer or others. Coping with chronic and acute conditions strains both patients and their families. Medical psychology implements different therapeutic approaches to help patients better cope with their disease on mental, physical and functional levels. In addition to the new clinic, Medical psychology is an integral part of many departments and institutes at Ichilov hospital.


Ichilov Comes in at First Place

December 10th 2009 

Ichilov hospital received a special commendation for scoring 5 stars for the last fifteen years in a row at the "Beautiful Hospital in Beautiful Israel" competition.


EU-funded Pediatrics Orthopedics Course Held at Ichilov Hospital

December 6th 2009 

For the first time in Israel, the European Union held a special course on pediatric orthopedics in Ichilov. About 80 doctors from Asia, Europe and the United States took part in the course which was funded by the European Union. The course consisted of workshops, presentations and discussions.


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