Photo courtesy of Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley remembers Henrietta Szold
Photo courtesy of Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center

Israeli-American connection saves lives

Maryland governor, president of university where Prof. Avi Rivkind studied in 1980s visit Hadassah Medical Center, say methods he developed over the years helped treat victims of Boston Marathon bombing

"What I learned in Maryland saved the lives of many people in Israel, and we Israelis thank you for that," Prof. Avi Rivkind, head of the Department of General Surgery and Trauma Unit at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, told Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Dr. Jay Perman on Tuesday.


The two American officials visited the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine and Hadassah's Trauma Unit.


Prof. Rivkind specialized in trauma care at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center from 1986 to 1988. He used the knowledge he gained there to set up the Trauma Unit at the Hadassah Medical Center.

ריבקינד ואומאלי, אתמול בבית החולים (צילום: באדיבות ביה"ח הדסה עין כרם)

Rivkind and O'Malley at hospital, Tuesday (photo courtesy of Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center)


Dr. Perman said he was proud of the student who excelled his teachers, as the special care methods developed by Rivkind and his team over the years were used by doctors who treated the victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombings.


Governor O'Malley noted that Henrietta Szold, the founder of the Hadassah Women's Organization who helped build the Hadassah hospital, came from Baltimore.


He said that during his term as Baltimore mayor, he had hung Szold's picture in his office. "I can feel her spirit here today," he added.


During the visit, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Hebrew University's School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore.



פרסום ראשון: 04.24.13, 11:52
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