For the future of Jerusalem: Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef


Former Director-General, Hadassah University Medical Center / M.D., 1980 Former Member, Faculty of Medicine

Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef (photo: Yoram Aschheim)I grew up in Jerusalem’s Katamon neighborhood, one of four children of a Moroccan-born father and an Israeli-born mother. After military service, I chose to study medicine at the Hebrew University, knowing that it would lead to a profession that suited my personality and would allow me to help people.

During the Yom Kippur War, in which I fought and my brother was killed, the Hebrew University offered endless assistance to student soldiers. I especially remember the late Professor Rami Rahamimoff traveling to Sinai weekly to lecture medical students serving there. During my clinical rotations, I was exposed to a variety of specialties and physicians, with professors Marcel Eliakim, Nathan Saltz and Joseph Schenker playing an important role in my future decisions.

The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School — the best medical school in Israel — gave me excellent tools which enabled me to choose a specialization and gain acceptance at the prestigious residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Hadassah- Ein Kerem. I subsequently worked there as a senior physician in gynecological oncology and also taught at the Faculty of Medicine, reaching the rank of associate professor.

I switched to medical administration in the early 1990s and have served as Director-General of the Hadassah University Medical Center since 2001. During this time I have become increasingly aware — and appreciative — of the importance of the collaboration between Hadassah and the Hebrew University, which is essential for the future of both institutions and especially for the future of Jerusalem. Together, we built Jerusalem’s first biotechnology park on the Ein Kerem campus, and we are promoting the establishment of a national center for brain imaging, which we hope will lay the foundation for a joint Hebrew University-Hadassah research center.

The Hebrew University is one of Jerusalem’s most important assets. It plays a vital role in attracting young and educated people to Jerusalem, thus developing and strengthening the city. I am convinced that just as the University advanced higher education and Israel’s scientific infrastructure even before the founding of the State, it will continue to set the standards for excellence and lead Israeli scientific endeavors to new heights. As the Director-General of Hadassah, I am proud to be a partner of the Hebrew University.

Update: Prof. Mor-Yosef completed his tenure as director-general in November 2011.