Through the years, a large number of Hadassah physicians have been honored with Israel’s prestigious “Israel Prize” at a special ceremony on Independence Day. Bestowed on those who make outstanding contributions to the country, the Israel Prize is the State’s most highly regarded civilian award.
Since 1953, when the Israel Prize was first established, half the honorees for medicine have been Hadassah physicians; others began their careers at Hadassah.
Among the Israel Prize “Laureates in Medicine” are:
Prof. Saul Adler, who headed Hadassah’s Department of Parasitology and served as a professor of parasitology at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine
Prof. Marcel Eliakim, an internationally respected internist who specialized in liver diseases
Prof. Shaul Feldman, one of the first physicians in the world to use hormones and steroids for treatment of infectious diseases, and headed Hadassah’s Department of Neurology for 20 years
Prof. Ben Shlomo Lipman Heilprin, who headed Hadassah’s Department of Neurology (and was the first recipient of the Israel Prize for Medicine)
Dr. Helena Kagan, who was honored for pioneering pediatric care. Dr. Kagan became the first head of Pediatrics when Hadassah opened its first hospital in 1918 (a gift of the Rothschild family).
Prof. Isaac Michaelson, Director of Hadassah’s Department of Ophthalmology, who established the first generation of ophthalmology specialists in Israel
Prof. Aryeh Leo Olitzki, who headed the bacteriology laboratories at Hadassah and served as Dean of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine
Professor Nathan Saltz, the founder and “father” of modern surgical medicine in Israel, who headed Hadassah’s Departments of Surgery
Prof. Moshe Rachmilewitz, considered one of the fathers of professional medicine in Israel, who headed Hadassah’s Department of Internal Medicine and served as Dean of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine
Prof. Haim Ernst Wertheimer, who headed the Laboratory of Chemistry at Hadassah and the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine
Prof. Bernhard Zondek, who developed the first reliable pregnancy test in 1928 and served as head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hadassah
Prof. Yona Rosenfeld, former Director of the Hebrew University’s School of Social Work (who received his prize for Social Work).