Shaare Zedek's Director General Prof. Ofer Merin and Director of the Oncology Institute Prof. Nir Peled, hosted a visit today of a delegation of medical corps officers from the IDF to introduce them to the new Helmsley Cancer Center.
The officers, all serving in the IDF’s School for Military Medicine, were presented with an overview of the new facility alongside lectures from senior Shaare Zedek staff. Topics related to ethical medical practice, as well as managing medical priorities particularly in response to mass casualty incidents and when dispatched for medical relief missions abroad.
In addition to his role at Shaare Zedek, Prof. Merin serves as the commander of the IDF’s Field Hospital Operations. He shared some of his experiences over the past 20 years involved with these activities, and presented his vision for expanding Israel’s role in international relief missions – and how the country is uniquely positioned to respond in times of disaster.
Prof. Peled, who also has an extensive career in military medicine including as a doctor in the elite Shayetet 13 commando unit, described how his army experience is integrated in his current civilian role. He discussed how Shaare Zedek developed the new cancer care system and the multiple advanced technologies that are being practiced in the new center.
The group heard from Prof. Amos Peyser, Director of Orthopedics at Shaare Zedek and also a veteran of the Shayetet 13 Unit and Dr. Alon Schwartz, Director of Trauma Services.
Prof. Merin said, “Shaare Zedek has earned a growing reputation as a leader in trauma medicine and over the years has become known for our comprehensive approach to care in both times of war and peace. It was an honor to host the next generation of IDF’s medical teams and share our experience and vision. Taking place in this Helmsley Cancer Center, the visit allowed us to share our dependence on the most advanced technologies available as we know that these officers will be embracing the best medical technology has to offer in their careers.