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Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine


Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine takes you behind the headlines with Hadassah Medical Organization doctors and specialists, patients and nurses. Listen and be amazed. Brought to you by Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America.

Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine takes you behind the headlines with Hadassah Medical Organization doctors and specialists, patients and nurses. Listen and be amazed. Brought to you by Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America.


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Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine takes you behind the headlines with Hadassah Medical Organization doctors and specialists, patients and nurses. Listen and be amazed. Brought to you by Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America.






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Parkinson's Disease: Surprising New Treatments and The Race For a Cure

While doctors do not know exactly what causes Parkinson's disease (PD), it is a disease that cripples almost one percent of the population. The number of people with PD is expected to be over 12 million by 2040. In this episode, listen as Professor Dana Ekstein, Chair of the Department of Neurology and Co-Director of the Epilepsy Center at Hadassah hospital and Dr. David Arkadir, Hadassah Senior Neurologist, specializing in Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders discuss how Israel...


Post-COVID Health Issues and Life After the Pandemic

As of November 2020, there are reportedly 55 million people worldwide who have been infected by COVID-19, with over 1.3 million succumbing to the deadly disease. In this episode, we speak with Dr. Neville Berkman, the head of a new clinic at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, specifically designed for recovered COVID-19 patients who are experiencing post-COVID complications. Find out about the state of the virus in Israel, a vaccine update and when he thinks we will be living in a COVID-free world.


Breast Cancer: Early Detection, Higher Risks and the Effect of COVID-19

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, host Benyamin Cohen sits down with two of the Hadassah's breast cancer pioneers in the oncology department. Listen as he speaks with Professor Beatrice Uziely, head of Hadassah’s Oncology ambulatory services unit and Dr. Paluch-Shimon, director of the Breast Oncology Program to discuss all things breast cancer and how patients are coping in the wake of the COVID-19 virus.


Legacy, Passion and Moving Towards a Cure for Cancer with Dr. Aron Popovtzer

What's new and exciting in the world of cancer research and treatment? Host Benyamin find out in his conversation with Dr. Aron Popovtzer, Hadassah’s new director of the Sharett Institute of Oncology. He’ll fill us in on his pioneering new form of radiation treatment that reduces toxicity, how Hadassah continues to lead the way in detecting cancer early, how cancer patients are dealing with the second outbreak of COVID-19, his special connection to Hadassah, and much more.


Destiny and Determination: Becoming a World-Renowned Genetic Disease Expert

We’re kicking off the newest season of Hadassah On Call with world-renowned medical expert Dr. Polina Stepensky. Currently, director of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immunotherapy for Adults and Children, Dr. Stepensky joins host Benyamin Cohen to discuss why her work and research have made her the leading expert in her field with an over 90 percent success rate.


Behind the Scenes of Hadassah's ICU

Dr. Vernon Van Heerden is currently the head of the Hadassah Hospital’s General Intensive Care Unit. Born in South Africa, Dr. Van Heerden is a specialist in anesthesia and critical care. In this new episode, recorded before the coronavirus outbreak, we chatted with him about what makes Hadassah's ICUs unique, his work and an intriguing study he's working on related to doctor burnout.


Uncovering New Ways to Treat Kidney Disease in Children

In this episode, host Benyamin sits down with co-director of Hadassah’s leading tuberous sclerosis clinic Dr. Oded Volevensky. Volevensky discusses the multidisciplinary clinic that offers new ways of treating children with kidney disease while shedding light on his groundbreaking research.


The Many Paths to Parenthood

The World Health Organization notes one in every four couples in developing countries is affected by infertility. It defines it as a disease of the reproductive system that can result in disability. Hadassah is raising awareness about infertility with its newest initiative reConceiving Infertility. In this episode, host Benyamin talks with Dr. Hananel Holzer, Director of the REI (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility) and IVF (Invitro Fertilization) Departments at the Hadassah Medical...


ALS and When Can We Really Expect A Cure?

What’s the latest research and treatments for this disease that was made famous by the Ice Bucket Challenge and a famous baseball player? Our resident expert is here to fill us in. Dr. Marc Gotkine, head of Hadassah’s ALS clinic at the Hadassah Medical Organization talks with our host Benyamin Cohen about all things ALS.


Where Are We Now? COVID-19 Update

As of Thursday, April 16, the World Health Organization, reported the global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 were 1,991,562 people, with 130,885 deaths and still growing. Now a global pandemic, with most of the world on mandated quarantine, our host Benyamin Cohen revisits Hadassah infectious disease expert Dr. Ran Nir-Paz to discuss the state of the virus, new treatments and protocols that HMO doctors are working on and what will the new "normal" look like in our future.


Face to Face with The Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to severe diseases such as MERS and SARS. In December 2019, a new strain of the coronavirus was discovered. With 9 deaths being reported in the United States at the time of this episode, worldwide expert Dr. Ran Nir-Paz, who just returned from Japan where he treated patients exposed to the disease, discusses the state of the Coronavirus with our host Benyamin Cohen while he is under quarantine at his...


How Gender Plays a Role in Heart Disease

Dr. Donna Zvat-Zwas is a cardiologist and the Director of the Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center for Women at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. In this episode, our host Benyamin Cohen talks to Dr. Zwas and special guest Barbara Sofer about some of the various projects that the center is working on, how women are uniquely impacted by this disease, and offers some simple tips besides dieting to improve our heart health.


Timing Is Everything for Hadassah's Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Is there ever a right time to have a baby? Dr. Asnat Walfisch, Director of Hadassah's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mt. Scopus definitely believes that there is an optimal time for a baby's delivery if it can be helped. As a physician and the director of a High-Risk Pregnancy Unit, she treats women suffering from various placenta related pregnancy complications. In this episode, you’ll hear about her research and how the timing of birth can be the deciding factor in pregnancy...


Israel is Leading the Way in Neonatal Care and Here's Why

Dr. Smadar Eventov-Friedman is the Director of Hadassah Hospital's Department of Neonatology. Recently awarded the Outstanding Neonatal Unit award from Israel’s Ministry of Health, her unit as she describes it, is a bridge between obstetrics and pediatrics, offering a unique approach to neonatology. In this episode she gives more insight into her growing field, shares inspiring stories of miracle babies and lets listeners in on what fathers can do to help welcome their newest addition safely.


Israel's Unique Place for Treating Disorders of Sexual Development

Dr. David Zangen has performed groundbreaking research in ambiguous genitalia and ovarian development and the BRCA2 gene. He is the Director, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Hadassah Hospital Mt. Scopus. Hear about Dr. Zangen's groundbreaking research, unique patient stories, and what he believes is his personal contribution to building bridges to peace. Special guest co-host Barbara Sofer, Director of Public Relations, Hadassah Office in Israel joins this episode.


The Future is Now: Corneal Transplants and Eye Banks

This episode of Hadassah On Call featuring Cornea Specialist, Senior Ophthalmologist and Surgeon Dr. Itay Lavi, is a real eye-opener! Released in October for Eye Injury Prevention Month and World Sight Day, a global event to draw attention to blindness and vision impairment. Dr. Lavi talks to our new host Benyamin Cohen about innovations in cornea replacement and how he was able to reverse total blindness in one of his patients.


This Israeli Midwife Believes It Is Her Calling

US-born midwife Gila Zarbiv talks about her lifelong passion for Israel and why she became a professional nurse midwife. In this episode, you’ll hear about her research on the impact #MeToo has on OB/GYNs and midwives, and what it’s like to help women of all faiths at Hadassah Hospital.


Measles: Understanding This New Outbreak in the US and in Israel

The World Health Organization reported a 300% increase in measles cases globally in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same time last year. Dr. Allon E. Moses, provides the most important information to protect yourself and your family from this preventable disease. Dr. Moses is the head of Hadassah Medical Organization's Center for Infectious Diseases, in Jerusalem. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), in the decade before 1963, the year the measles vaccine became...


Treating Heart Attacks in Record Time with the Most Advanced Technology

Professor Haim Dannenberg, head of Hadassah's new Paul and Irma Milstein Heart Center at Hadassah Medical Organization discusses how Hadassah is revolutionizing the treatment of heart disorders and offers his best advice on prevention of heart disease.


Causes of a Stroke and How it Can be Prevented

In this episode of Hadassah on Call, Dr. Ronen Leker, a leading expert at Hadassah Medical Organization, discusses stroke and how he and his team of researchers are leading the way in exploring a novel cutting-edge stem cell treatment to reverse the disability a stroke leaves in its wake.