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The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center Jerusalem, Israel

Orthopedic Deparment
p.o.b 12000
91120 Jerusalem Israel


+ 972-2-6777893


+ 972-2-6778052




Program director

Program director
Dr. Leon Kaplan, MD
Director of the spine unit
Hadassah Medical Center



The Hadassah Hospitals

The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem is located in two campuses, Hadassah Mount Scopus and Hadassah Ein Karem.

The Ein Karem campus is the only level one trauma center in Jerusalem and receives most of the severe injuries form Jerusalem and its surrounding areas. In addition it is a referral center for patients from the Palestinian authority, receiving the hardest cases for further care.

The hospital has seven ICU units, and over 1000 beds.

The Mount Scopus serves as a community hospital treating patients from the near by neighborhoods. It is situated in the north east part of Jerusalem, on the border between Israel and the Palestinian autonomy. Each campus has its unique patient population and problems.

The Spine Unit

The spine unit is active in both campuses as part of the orthopedic department. It has three operating days a week and holds clinics in both hospitals, an out patient clinic based in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood and a special referral scoliosis clinic held in the Alyn Hospital for sick children. In these clinics over 5000 patients are seen annually.
The unit covers the emergency rooms of both campuses seeing over 500 patients, referred by the on call staff of the residents.

Over 350 Spine surgery cases are preformed yearly. main focus: degenerative (lumbar and cervical), deformities (both pediatrics and adults), trauma, tumors, disc surgery, cervical spine and other spinal procedures.
The spine unit has a special emphasis on integration of new technologies into the surgery (including robotic assisted surgery, percutaneous fixations and spinal endoscopy).

Teaching and research

The spine unit teaches medical students, interns and residents from the orthopedic and neurosurgical departments on a regular basis. In addition, as part of the fellowship, the fellow will take part in all the stages in decision making in acute and chronic conditions.
The spine unit has a active research focusing both on clinical and basic research. With clinical projects evaluating adult and pediatric spinal diseases, and basic project in spinal cord injury and spinal regeneration.


What can a fellow expect?

A wide range of spine surgery cases.

Research - a fellow is expected to perform at least one research project to be presented in the Israeli Orthopedic/spine meetings
Fellows will be able to observe, but also to scrub.

Housing: There is a three star hotel inside the Ein Karem hospital. This convenient three stars hotel in a walking distance from the hospital.

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