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UM Medical-Scientific Delegation visits Rambam in Israel

HAIFA, ISRAEL | December 6, 2012 –

Prof. David Pinsky (left) from the University of Michigan hosted by Prof. Rafi Beyar from Rambam Health Care Campus, Israel (right) on a tour of the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital.

Prof. David J. Pinsky, M.D., Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan visits the Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital on Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel. “You’ve thought of everything to deal with emergencies that are unthinkable in the United States”, he commented. “Everything from the essential but mundane like toilets and showers, to medical imperatives like piping for oxygen and backup power for electricity.”

Prof. Pinsky is currently in Israel as head of a 20-member delegation to the 2nd Annual D. Dan and Betty Kahn University of Michigan – Technion Collaborative Cardiovascular Research Symposium, a project of the University of Michigan – Israel Partnership for Research. The symposium took place today, December 6th, at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine on the Rambam campus.

“One of the things I’m most impressed with is that you can create a kindergarten underground so that hospital workers whose husbands or wives are at war can have their children cared for while they care for the sick,” Pinsky added.

Prof. Rafi Beyar, Director of Rambam Health Care Campus, hosted the Michigan delegates. “We are interested in strengthening the link between the Cardiovascular Center at Michigan and the Cardiovascular Division here,” he said in welcome. “Rambam is currently constructing a Cardiovascular Hospital, which makes this a fitting time to collaborate with one of the best centers in the world.”

When asked the rationale from his vantage point for a research partnership between Michigan and Israel, Prof. Pinsky replies, “Why Michigan? Because the University of Michigan is the greatest public university in the nation––we have the most Top Ten schools and are technically a special organ of the state government with a special charter in the Constitution of the State of Michigan––and because we live ‘diversity and team’ every day.

“And why Israel?” he completes his thought. “Because Israel has some of the most advanced technological and medical innovations in the world and a spirit of entrepreneurialism and we can each benefit from working together, and as a side effect it’s important for the world to know that through our cooperation, we can affirm the importance of collaborative science and make the world a better place––that’s an important message to get out.”

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