Members of the Sheba Medical Center staff were drafted back to military reserve duty in order to participate in the Israel Defense Forces "Operation: Olive Branch" rescue mission to southwestern Turkey, which was devastated by the earthquake last weekend. Our team will be working in an IDF Field Hospital that was erected to treat a multitude of injured Turkish citizens. Sheba is also working directly with Turkish hospitals, providing them with equipment, supplies, and other technical assistance

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheba Director General Yitshak Kreiss, inaugurated the futuristic Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital on Monday.

The new medical center will be among the most technologically advanced children’s hospitals in the world. Along with the new medical technology, the hospital will highlight unique early genetic tests and the detection and treatment of rare diseases. Tens of thousands of Israeli children are treated at Sheba’s already-existing children’s hospital, as well as hundreds of seriously ill children from the West Bank and Gaza each year, many of whom suffer from rare genetic diseases.

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Among the many challenges faced by people living through war, children face tremendous psychological struggles. In order to attend to their special needs, Sheba partnered with Oranim Academic College to create a unique therapeutic tool that will help children process traumatic experiences. Children experience complex feelings just like adults. They get frustrated, excited, nervous, sad, frightened, worried, and angry, but often lack the ability to communicate how they feel. Children living through the war between Russia and Ukraine are subject to traumatic experiences, which often, in addition to short-term effects, such as stress, fear, and depression, can also result in long-term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Helping them express their feelings is crucial to the immediate and long-term impact of their experiences.

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Meet the youngest Medical Professor in Israel - Prof. Abdullah Watad!

Prof. Watad from the local council of Jat is the Deputy Director of the 2nd Internal Medicine Department and a Senior Rheumatologist in the Rheumatology unit at Sheba. Last month, when he was only 35 years old and after years of research in the field of rheumatology, he received the esteemed title of "Medical Professor" after being published in over 200 scientific publications. On the occasion of Doctor's Day in Israel, he has an important message for the doctors of the future: "To be successful you need four things - desire, setting a goal, hard work and a mentor who believes in you. A person should believe in himself and know that he can go far.' Watch this short, inspirational video to hear Dr. Watad in his own words.


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