Dr. Tomer Adar, a senior gastroenterologist at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Institute of Digestive Diseases, has been named the “APF (American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel) 2015-2016 Claire and Emmanuel Rosenblatt Fellow.”

The Rosenblatt Fellowship provides funds for a top Israeli oncologist to receive post-doctoral training in North America.  Dr. Adar is spending two years at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is working with the medical center’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics service.

In addition, Dr. Adar was one of 18 outstanding Israeli physicians to be awarded a stipend from the Israel Medical Association this past June.  His award – presented in memory of Professor Yechiel Ziv, a past president of the Israeli Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery and a prominent Israeli physician who passed away in December 2014 – was given to enable him to study at Mass General.

In 2013 Adar was awarded a “National Scholar” award from United European Gastroenterology (UEG), an organization in which he is very active and is a member of their Young Talent Group which promotes initiatives for young gastroenterologists and researchers.

Adar, 37, who specializes in gastrointestinal cancer genetics and also works with familial cancer tendencies in the lower GI tract (intestines), runs a gastro-genetic clinic at Shaare Zedek in collaboration with a genetic counselor.  In addition, he serves as a physician in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Reserves.

“I hope to return (to Shaare Zedek) after having experienced and learned about research performed here at MGH and Harvard Medical School, improving my methodology,” Adar says.