Dr. Sefi Mendelovich, a senior physician in the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, has been named Chief of Staff for the Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Health. While serving in the Ministry, where is is “on loan,” he will also retain his position at the Hospital.

For the past several months, Dr. Mendelovich has been an assistant to Shaare Zedek Director-General Prof. Jonathan Halevy and was also a medical adviser to outgoing Health Ministry Director-General Prof. Arnon Afek. He is set to begin at the ministry’s headquarters on July 1.

“Sefi is a rising star in Israeli medicine,” said Prof. Halevy. “He is an excellent physician and administrator, honest, devoted and a man of values.”

Dr. Mendelovich is a physician in an elite reserve unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He also founded the prestigious Inbar program, which is developing a future generation of leaders for Israel’s medical system.

Dr. Mendelovich recently returned from Kathmandu, Nepal, where he was a member of the IDF Field Hospital team that treated victims of that country’s massive earthquake in April. He was one of ten doctors and nurses from Shaare Zedek to be part of that delegation, which also included Dr. Ofer Merin, Deputy Director-General and Head of the Trauma Unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center who also served as Director of the IDF Field Hospital and Director-General Prof. Halevy, who was Director of Internal Medicine. Mendelovich was also part of the IDF team that established a Field Hospital in the Philippines in November 2013 after it was devastated by Typhoon Haiyam.