Israel’s Sheba Medical Center: A Global leader in medical science and biomedical innovation

The State of Israel, tiny yet mighty, is pushing the limits of medical innovation, dreaming bigger than ever. Israel knows no bounds when it comes to medical innovation, and Sheba Medical Center is at the front line of this mission.

The hospital was established in 1948 as Israel’s first military hospital and was originally known as Army Hospital No. 5. Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion had it renamed Tel HaShomer Hospital. In 1953, it became a civilian hospital, and Dr. Chaim Sheba became its director. The hospital was renamed in Sheba’s honor following his death.

In 2019, Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 hospitals in the entire world.

Israel’s emergence as a global medical powerhouse is no small feat. In a turbulent region, Sheba is an oasis of coexistence whose mission is to save lives through the best of humanitarianism combined with top medical innovation.

Sheba partnered with Swiss-based CDMO Lonza recently to revolutionize personalized cancer cell therapy through faster and less expensive treatments, giving real hope to stage 4 cancer patients.

Sheba made global headlines again when it was recognized by Newsweek as a “leader in medical science and biotechnical innovation, both in the Middle East and worldwide. The center’s collaborations with international parties have advanced innovative medical practices, hospital systems and biotechnology.” High level collaborations like these are changing the future of medicine and turbo-charging the pathways to ground-breaking new medical technologies.

Palestinian baby Musa after receiving a heart transplant at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Center. (Courtesy: Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center)

In June 2019, a heart procedure considered the “first in the world” of its type was performed at Sheba.

The director of the Invasive and Interventional cardiology unit at Sheba,
Professor Victor Guetta, saved the life of a 29-year-old patient who arrived at the hospital with an aneurysm in the left ventricle of his heart that had ruptured and bled into his chest cavity. Guetta plugged the bleeding hole in the artery using a device typically used to unblock arteries. This new idea and innovative thinking meant the patient could return home, discharged just two days later. This is Sheba Medical Center at its best.

Sheba Medical Center is recognized as the largest hospital in the Middle East. Situated on a 150-acre (61 ha) campus in east Ramat Gan, Sheba today operates 120 departments and clinics. It has 1,700 beds, over 1,400 physicians, 2,600 nurses and 3,300 other healthcare workers.

However it is not just the hospital’s size or number of patients it treats annually that makes it so impressive. It is the quality of care. It is the compassionate attention to detail. It is the spirit of the doctors at Sheba: doing everything to save lives in Israel and around the globe. Even if it may be medically impossible today, the doctors who double as researchers are committed to defying the odds and creating a new reality for the future.

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