Jerusalem Plans International Multi-Institution Fertility and Genetics Center


(photo credit:JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH)April 14, 2015: The opening ceremony for the wing of new gynecological clinics in Shaare Zedek Medical Center was held in the presence of the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat as well as noted representatives of the Hebrew University, the director-general of Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus, Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach and Hadassah chairman Erez Meltzer.

The new wing, named for Barkai Yishai Shor, a 21-year old soldier from Jerusalem who volunteered as a medic in his free time and was killed in last year’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, will be a world center for fertility and genetics. Besides performing treatments for infertile couples in Israel and serving medical tourism from abroad, it will also serve as a research institution.

Israel has more in-vitro fertilization units per capita than any other nation, and SZMC alone delivers 22,000 infants a year which is more than any other hospital in the world. Of them, a significant percentage belongs to infertile couples who underwent IVF and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to ensure that the baby will not be born with serious defects. Israeli physicians and technicians therefore, have more expertise in fertility and genetic diagnosis than almost anywhere in the world.

The project, funded by an anonymous donation of $800,000 for building and equipping the clinics, will be carried out jointly by SZMC, Hadassah University Medical Centers and, for research, the Hebrew University’s Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences.

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