Dorit Adler, B.Sc , MPH, PhD student, Director of the Nutrition and Dietetic Department, Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem
We live at a time when the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and certain types of cancer are spreading at a worrying pace.
Every year more than a million people come to our Medical Center with a variety of illnesses, diseases and medical problems ranging from simple situations to complex conditions. Many of them are hospitalized, treated and discharged. They leave with a list of instructions, a handful of prescriptions, frequently a need for supportive services – and more often than not – dilemmas they will only realize when they get home.
Yael Bossem-Levy is a familiar face around our Medical Center, gathering information from our doctors and relaying it to the media. You might recognize her as well. As spokesperson for the Hadassah Medical Organization, she has often been seen on television briefing the press and the public--sometimes beside me and other senior staff members--most often alone. Her career has involved publicizing many of Hadassah “firsts,” among them arranging for a television crew to cover Israel's first Deep Brain Stimulation surgery on a patient with Parkinson’s disease.
A few weeks ago she wrote another story about a patient who underwent this life-enhancing procedure--but this time, she was the patient and this is her story.
For longer than anyone can remember, far longer than the 63 years of the State of Israel we celebrate next week, Hadassah has been part of our landscape, our country, our consciousness. As far back as I can recall, Hadassah--especially the Hadassah Medical Organization--has frequently been recognized during the official ceremony that opens Independence Day festivities.
Just as computers have appreciably changed our personal lives, their impact on the practice of medicine may be even more dramatic. Computers are commonplace in the operating room, in the admitting office, in the labs and by the bedside.
At a certain age or stage in life, I believe we all consider the generations that will follow us--our children and grandchildren and others of their age; what we can teach them and give them; what they in turn will pass on to their children and grandchildren and what they will contribute to the world.
With little fanfare and a great deal of success, for over two decades specialists in the Hadassah’s Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery--which all of us refer to as ENT-- have been changing people’s lives. Nearly 500 people have benefited from their expertise in cochlear implantation.
When asked to relate an unforgettable patient memory, Prof. Eitan Kerem, head of Pediatrics at Hadassah Hospital-Mount Scopus, recalled the 10-year-old child from Gaza whom Hadassah saved with a lung transplant.
What do a heart transplant recipient and a woman with a potentially fatal genetic blood disease have in common? Both were able to conceive and deliver babies, thanks to the Hadassah Medical Center's successful medical intervention.
A new book edited by a scientist from the Hadassah Medical Center and a physician/scientist from Harvard University calls for closing the gap between expectations of stem cells and their actual capabilities for regenerative medicine and healing.