Hadassah Medical Center
Hadassah Medical Center was founded in 1918 by members of the Woman's Zionist organization of America in Jerusalem and became one of the first modern clinics of the Middle East. Hadassah consists of 2 hospitals located in different suburbs in Jerusalem, one located in Mount Scopus and the other in Ein Kerem.
Hadassah Mount Scopus is a multidisciplinary hospital which was established in 1939, and has 350 beds and more than 30 different departments across a variety of fields, such as ophthalmology, neurosurgery, oncology, and gastroenterology.
Hadassah Ein Kerem is a tertiary hospital that was established in 1961 and has more than 800 beds and 130 departments, which includes oncology, bone marrow transplantation, pediatric medicine, and an emergency department.
Some of Hadassah's departments are the only ones of its kind in Jerusalem, such as the neurosurgery, or in Israel, such as the Heart Institute, the multidisciplinary diagnostic breast center and the center for brain diseases.
Hadassah is partnered with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a university recognized around the world for its training in medicine.
Hadassah Medical Center is located 50km away from Ben Gurion Airport, in the suburbs of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
Jerusalem, one of the top tourist destinations in the country, is considered one of the oldest cities in the world. Although most tourists travel to Jerusalem due to its religious significance, there is also a variety of museums to visit such as the Israel Museum, the Youth Wing and the Rockefeller Museum. Jerusalem is also the home to one of the most popular sights of Israel - the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.
Hadassah's hospitals are located in 2 different suburbs of the city, on the opposite side of Jerusalem, both next to a Hebrew University campus. Both hospitals are very well connected to the city center, have parking facilities, and are easy to reach with public transport.
Most international patients attend the Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem. The clinic campus offers all the necessary facilities for the stay, including a modern hotel, shopping center, supermarkets, and restaurants.
English, Hebrew, Russian
666 procedures across 30 specialties
>Bariatric Surgery(6 procedures)
Bariatric Surgery Consultation+ More
Gastric Balloon Treatment+ More
Gastric ballon treatment involves inserting a deflated ballon into the stomach and then inflating it, in order to help lose weight. The balloon serves the purpose of limiting food intake by taking up space in the stomach and thus creating a sense of fullness after eating small amounts of food.
1 - 5 days
Patients may experience some pain, nausea or discomfort in the first days after insertion, therefore may need to rest before traveling.
- Learn more about Gastric Balloon Treatment
Gastric Band Surgery+ More
Gastric band surgery is a weight-loss surgery which uses an inflatable silicone band to create a small gastric pouch in the stomach, slowing down food consumption and limiting food intake. The surgery is performed to help patients with weight-loss after non-surgical methods such as change of diet and regular exercise, have failed to produce results.
The doctor should ensure that the patients condition is stable enough to travel.
- Learn more about Gastric Band Surgery
Angina Pectoris Treatment+ More
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure+ More
Cardiac Assessment+ More
>Colorectal Medicine(18 procedures)
Anal Abscess Drainage+ More
Anal Cyst Removal+ More
Anal Fissure Treatment+ More
Acne Scar Treatment+ More
Acne scar treatment aims to eliminate or reduce the scars caused by acne. There are a number of available acne scar treatments including chemical peel, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, and laser/light therapy.
- Learn more about Acne Scar Treatment
Acne Treatment+ More
Acne is caused by the oil glands in the skin becoming blocked by sebum, skin cells and hair. Most people will suffer with a degree of acne in their lives, but for some it can be severe and can cause low self-esteem. For patients with very severe or persistent acne, treatment can help alleviate symptoms and reduce scarring.
- Learn more about Acne Treatment
Actinic Keratoses Treatment+ More
>Diagnostic Imaging(9 procedures)
Abdominal CT Scan+ More
Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)+ More
CT Scan (Computed Tomography)+ More
A computerized tomography (CT) scan, which may also be referred to as a CAT scan, is scan which uses a series of X-rays to create detailed images of the body. The scan is performed to create images of the inside of the body, including bones, internal organs, and blood vessels.
3 - 7 weeks
Patients will need to attend a follow up consultation once the results are processed.
- Learn more about CT Scan (Computed Tomography)
>Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)(27 procedures)
Cochlear Implant+ More
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is surgically implanted into the ear, in order to produce a sense of sound for patients who are deaf or have severe hearing problems.
3 - 6 weeks
Patients should get the surgeon's approval before flying, and inform their airline that they have a cochlear implant, as it will set off security alarms. If the implant is switched on, the volume may need adjusting during the flight.
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Diabetes Consultation+ More
Endocrinology Consultation+ More
Thyroid Adenoma Treatment+ More
A cholecystectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the gallbladder. The gallbladder is an organ located below the liver, which serves the function of collecting and storing bile, which is the fluid produced by the liver, before breaking it down and releasing it into the small intestine.
1 - 2 weeks
Some patients will have dissolvable stitches, whereas others return after 7 days to have them removed. Patients who have open surgery will need a longer recovery time.
- Learn more about Cholecystectomy
A colonoscopy is an examination of the large intestine, the colon and rectum, using a small camera.
3 - 4 days
Patients should arrive at least 2 days before the colonoscopy, as the bowel needs to be cleared the day before the procedure. Patients who have interventional treatment during the colonoscopy, e.g. removal of a polyp, may need slightly longer to recover.
- Learn more about Colonoscopy
>General Medicine(9 procedures)
Abdominal Examination+ More
Bone Marrow Transplant+ More
A bone marrow transplant is performed to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow. Bone marrow may stop functioning as a result of diseases such as aplastic anemia or sickle cell anemia, or from being destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy used to treat cancer or other diseases.
4 - 8 weeks
The length of hospital stay required varies with each type of transplant performed and with each patient.
- Learn more about Bone Marrow Transplant
>General Surgery(23 procedures)
An appendectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the appendix. The appendix is located where the small and large intestine meet and its function is not known. The appendix is usually removed as an emergency procedure when the patient has appendicitis, which is the inflammation of the appendix.
- Learn more about Appendectomy
Breast Abscess Drainage+ More
Breast Lumpectomy+ More
Bartholin's Cyst Treatment+ More
This procedure treats a Bartholin's cyst through incision and drainage. A Bartholin's cyst is a small fluid filled sac just inside the vagina. The cyst forms on the Bartholin's gland which is a gland that produces fluid that lubriates the vagina, when the glands become blocked. The cyst ranges in size and generally varies between the size of a pea, to the size of marble. If the Bartholin's cyst becomes infected, it is usually referred to as a Bartholin's abscess and generally requires drainage.
2 - 3 days
It is usually safe to fly afterwards, but depending on the type of procedure, there may be a follow up visit required - e.g. to remove a drainage catheter.
- Learn more about Bartholin's Cyst Treatment
Breast Biopsy+ More
>Infectious Diseases(4 procedures)
Hepatitis C Treatment+ More
Hepatitis Consultation+ More
HIV Consultation+ More
>Maxillofacial Surgery(5 procedures)
Facial Paralysis Treatment+ More
Facial Tumor Removal+ More
Maxillofacial Prosthetics+ More
Cerebral Palsy Management+ More
Dementia Management+ More
Epilepsy Treatment+ More
Epilepsy treatment aims to treat and manage epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can cause seizures that can lead to loss of consciousness or strange behavior. Epilepsy occurs when there is an abnormality in the brain, whereby nerve cell activity increases and disrupts neuron activity.
The time spent abroad depends on the type of epilepsy treatment that the patient receives.
- Learn more about Epilepsy Treatment
Brain Aneurysm Repair+ More
Brain aneurysm repair is a surgical procedure performed to repair a brain aneurysm that has the potential to rupture, or has already ruptured.
Time spent abroad depends on the type of brain aneurysm being treated. Unruptured aneurysms tend to have a quicker recovery process than ruptured aneurysms.
- Learn more about Brain Aneurysm Repair
Brain Tumor Surgery+ More
Brain tumor surgery is performed by a neurosurgeon to remove all or part of a tumor from the brain.
6 - 8 weeks
This depends on the surgery performed, whether the patient needs rehabilitation, and on how well the patient recovers.
- Learn more about Brain Tumor Surgery
Chiari Malformation Treatment+ More
Acute Leukemia Treatment+ More
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood cells in the body. It usually begins in the bone marrow where an abnormality occurs in the white blood cells. Normal blood cells form, divide, and die to make room for new cells. Leukemia disrupts this process and prevents the blood cells from functioning properly.
The length of stay abroad will depend on the treatment plan and the patient's response to treatment.
- Learn more about Acute Leukemia Treatment
Adrenal Cancer Treatment+ More
Anal Cancer Treatment+ More
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Treatment+ More
Wet macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that causes vision loss in the center of the field of vision. Treatment aims to correct this before permanent damage to the patient's vision occurs.
2 - 3 days
Astigmatism Correction+ More
Achilles Tendon Rupture+ More
Acromioclavicular Joint Repair+ More
Ankle Arthroscopy+ More
>Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation(25 procedures)
Bioptron Lamp Irradiation Treatment+ More
Burn Injuries Rehabilitation+ More
Chiropractic Consultation+ More
>Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery(60 procedures)
Areola Reduction+ More
Arm Lift+ More
An arm lift, also referred to as a brachioplasty, is a surgical procedure to firm and reshape the upper arms. The surgeon may use liposuction to remove excess fat and skin and reposition the remaining skin to tighten it.
The patient might have to stay until the sutures can be removed, and should ask the surgeon. It should be possible to fly home within 7 to 10 days.
- Learn more about Arm Lift
Body Lift+ More
A body lift is a combination of surgical procedures designed to improve the overall appearance of the patient's body, by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin. A body lift also involves the removal of underlying excess fat and can treat cellulite.
The procedure is most commonly performed on patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to lose weight, or who have lost significant amounts of weight through diet and exercise, and are left with excess skin around the body.
1 - 2 weeks
Patients must check with their surgeon that they are fit enough to fly home, as well as taking necessary precautions against deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- Learn more about Body Lift
>Podiatric Medicine(3 procedures)
Corns and Calluses Treatment+ More
Orthotics Treatment+ More
Podiatric Medicine Consultation+ More
>Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine(10 procedures)
Lung Biopsy+ More
Lung Fluid Drainage+ More
>Reproductive Medicine(27 procedures)
Anti-Sperm Antibodies Test+ More
Artificial Insemination+ More
Artificial insemination is the direct insertion of sperm into a woman's uterus, cervix, or fallopian tubes with the aim of achieving pregnancy. By directly inserting the sperm, it makes easier for the sperm to travel and fertilize the egg.
5 - 7 days
- Learn more about Artificial Insemination
Assisted Hatching+ More
Fibromyalgia Treatment+ More
Lupus Erythematosus Treatment+ More
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment+ More
Rheumatoid arthritis treatment aims to alleviate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis through medication, therapy, or surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder that is characterized by pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints in the body. It mainly affects the joints in the hands and feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. Areas of the body may become deformed as a result of the condition, and this is commonly seen in the hands and feet.
The amount of time spent abroad depends on the type of treatment the patient undergoes.
- Learn more about Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
>Spinal Surgery(23 procedures)
Artificial Disc Replacement+ More
Cervical Disc Disease Treatment+ More
Cervical Spondylosis Treatment+ More
Bladder Stone Removal+ More
Circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove the foreskin which covers the glans penis (the tip of the penis). The procedure can be done by cutting around the foreskin with a scalpel, under either a local or general anesthetic. In young patients, there is also the option to use a compression ring, which is applied and causes the foreskin to fall off after several weeks.
Although patients can usually fly straight away, it may be uncomfortable sitting for a long flight.
- Learn more about Circumcision
>Vascular Medicine(12 procedures)
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair+ More
Angiography, which may also be referred to as arteriography or angiogram, is a procedure performed to examine the inside of blood vessels, arteries, and veins through the use of images X-ray images.
1 - 2 days
- Learn more about Angiography
Kidney Dialysis+ More
Kidney dialysis is a treatment which usually involves using a machine to take over kidney function to filter toxins, waste, and excess fluid from the body. The treatment is required by patients whose kidneys are not functioning properly.
- Learn more about Kidney Dialysis
Nephrology Consultation+ More
Permanent Makeup+ More
Bone Marrow Aspiration+ More
More about available treatments at Hadassah Medical Center
In addition to providing standard medical services, Hadassah Medical Center is experienced and equipped to treat complex cases with a modern and unique approach. Each medical plan is catered to the patient's individual needs and involves the work of several specialists, in order to evaluate the case correctly and develop the most effective medical treatment.
Research and development that has been performed within Hadassah departments allows the doctors to use the most modern methods, which have been internationally approved.
The oncology department has received world recognition for successfully treating complex cases that were rejected by many other hospitals.
Hadassah hospitals performed the first heart transplantation and the first fully robotic surgery in Israel and also performed the first hip replacement using computer navigation in the world.
Hadassah Medical Center employs more than 4,000 people, including 850 physicians, 2000 nurses and over 1000 paramedical and support staff. Many of the Hadassah doctors are involved in scientific medical research projects and clinical trials, working closely with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and its specialists.
More than half of the medical research being conducted in Israel is being carried out in Hadassah. Many of the professors from Hadassah Medical Center are lecturers and associated professors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, training over 700 specialists from different countries.
Languages spoken at the clinic include English, Russian, Hebrew, Romanian, and Italian amongst others.
Prof. Ben Yehuda
- Graduated from Ben-Gurion University Medical School with a medical degree in 1980
- Completed her medical training at Hadassah University Hospital in 1985
- Specializes in internal medicine
- Special interest in malignant hematology diseases
- Head of the hematology department at Hadassah Medical Center
- Participated in world wide clinical trials
- Guest lecturer at various international medical events
- Speaks English and Hebrew
Prof. Nathan Gofrit Ofer
- Graduated from Ben-Gurion University Medical School with a medical degree in 1986
- Graduated with a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2005
- Specializes in urology
- Senior urologist at Hadassah University Hospital since 2000
- Associate professor of urology at Hebrew University
- Reviewer of various medical journals on urology
- Speaks English and Hebrew
Prof. Ben-Chetrit Eldad
- Graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with his medical degree
- Further training in rheumatology and immunology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla in California
- Specializes in internal medicine
- Special interest in rheumatology, Behcet disease, FMF, and arterial diseases
- Has authored more than 200 national and international articles and chapters in books
- Professor at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem
- Visiting professor at Stanford University and McGill University
- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
- Speaks English, Hebrew, and Arabic
Prof. Jacob Pe'er
- Graduated from Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine in 1975
- Completed his residency in ophthalmology in 1985
- Head of ophthalmology at Hadassah University Hospital
- Expertise in general ophthalmology, ocular oncology, ocular pathology and pediatric ophthalmology
- Special interest in ocular tumors
- Former president of the International Society of Ocular Oncology
- Speaks English and Hebrew
Prof. Yackov Berkun
- Graduated from Tel Aviv University in 1977 and from Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine in 1983 with his medical degree
- Specializes in pediatric medicine and is head of the pediatric department
- Lecturer in pediatric medicine at Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine
- Lecturer in pediatric medicine at Tel Aviv University
- Speaks English, Hebrew, and Romanian
Prof. Meir Iri Liebergall
- Graduated from Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem with a medical degree in 1983
- Specializes in orthopedic surgery and is head of the orthopedic department
- Special interest in orthopedic trauma, joint replacement, and fracture complications
- Professor at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School
- Has attended various national and international medical conferences
- Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (International Affiliated Member), the International society of Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery, the American Orthopedic Research Society, the Israel Medical Association, and the Israeli Orthopedic Association
- Speaks English and Hebrew
Prof. Beatrice Uziely
- Graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in biology in 1975
- Graduated with a medical degree in 1981 from Hebrew University Medical School
- Special interest in breast cancer, invasive tumors, and clinical research in hormonal and chemical treatments
- Awarded the Lando Award for Clinical Research on the management of metastatic thyroid cancer
- Awarded the Hebrew University Faculty Prize in 1995
- Member of the Israel Medical Association, the Israel Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the European Society for Medical Oncology
- Speaks English, Hebrew, and Romanian
Prof. Alexander Simon
- Graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a medical degree in 1982
- Specializes in obstetrics and gynecology
- Special interest in female infertility and IVF
- Head of the IVF department
- International medical experience working in both Europe and the US
- Associated professor in obstetrics and gynecology, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Speaks English and Hebrew
Dr. Alexander Margulis
- Graduated from Israel Institute of Technology in 1987 with a degree in medical science
- Graduated with a medical degree in 1991
- Completed his fellowship in pediatric plastic surgery in Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
- Special interest in melanocyric moles, ear reconstruction and cleft palate and lips
- Member of the medical teaching faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Speaks English and Hebrew
Prof. Revuen Or
- Graduated from University of Milan, Italy
- Completed post-graduate studies in immunology at the University of Colorado, USA
- Specializes in hematology
- Special interest in immunotherapy, bone marrow transplant, and graft versus host disease (GvHD)
- Head of the department of bone marrow transplantation and cancer immunotherapy
- Established a research laboratory which is involved in a variety of clinical trials
- Medical manager of the umbilical blood bank in Israel and the Israeli bone marrow donors registry
- Awarded the Menachem Begin Prize in 2008
- Speaks English, Italian, and Hebrew
External Reviews from Google
Khalil Nasrallah, October 2019
worked here for a year
Daniel Rosehill, October 2019
I'm writing from a room in the surgical floor a few hours after laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. Actually, it's a treatment room, but I'm here for unknown reasons — because, like everything since I got here this morning, I have received absolutely no information as to my condition or what's going on.
I took the last minute surgery slot two weeks ago and figured that it would be good to get recovery done over the hagim (Jewish holidays) when the country is mostly off work. It's possible that some things slipped through the cracks for that reason.
But in any event:
The day got off to a bad start because I was apparently missing a second authorization from my health fund (who knew you need one for both the appointment and the surgery!). A wild goose chase ensued. NOTHING was correctly signposted and the only way to find out which office I needed to get to was to repeatedly ask the staff — who often gave conflicting information. At one point, we were sent to four offices in two buildings just to hand in a bit of paper.
The pre-op was the best part of the day and the doctor that took my vitals and the anesthesiologist were both absolutely lovely. I asked for a sedative from three different people as this was my first surgery and I was freaking out to put it mildly (tip: don't watch a YouTube vid of the surgery the night before you go in!). Nobody obliged and it took sending somebody back and forth to the nurse station to finally get it.
The porter that brought me down to the operating theater was surly and unpleasant. My wife asked whether she could be with me when I 'woke up'; he simply remained silent and quite deliberately didn't answer — (apparently he was too busy checking his Instagram to care!)
Surgery itself was fine and there do not seem to have been any unforeseen outcomes. I have total confidence in the doctors here and their medical competence. But to say that the nursing and bureaucracy leave something to be desired is a gross understatement.
Since the op have been ensconced in a room that is not in fact a recovery room. The whiteboard indicates that the urology department uses it as a treatment room. NOT A SINGLE NURSE has checked on me since I got to the room six hours ago — including to check vitals, etc. I assumed, as I was told by the docs, that I would be receiving pain medication after the surgery. Not true. When it got really bad, and I had to call the nurses, I was told that I had received nothing so far!
I should add to all this that the pre-operative information I received from Hadassah was virtually nil. The requirement to receive a 2nd authorization was not conveyed to me although it was written on a form. I received no literature or guidance about preparing for the operation other than a PDF on their website which I found myself by chance. The only thing I was told was to arrive after a 12 hour fast. I am very grateful for a Facebook group that I was part of and my wife's initiative and ability. Otherwise essential aspects of pre-operative care would have simply been missed.
To get back to the present. All I've been told is that I'm being kept overnight. The nursing staff have no idea when the surgeon will do his rounds to release me. Unless I specifically ask for pain medication, or to have my vitals checked, it can be assumed that nothing will happen and nobody cares. This isn't even a proper recovery room so I have no bedsight light. A tray of inedible food was slapped in without so much as a "here you go" an hour ago. Getting up at the moment is painful and difficult.
My only prior experience with dealing with surgery was witnessing relatives go through procedures in Ireland. I remember friendly, caring nursing staff — a very far cry from the irate, rude nurses that seem to populate this department. I also recall checkups every few hours to check vitals and reassurance to make sure that everything was going a-ok.
I have faith in Hadassah as a hospital, but the lack of nursing and professionalism I've seen is simply beyond shocking!
Zvi Dagan, September 2019
The best and most comprehensive medical center in Israel!
Daphna Geldman, August 2019
The hospital withholds medical information from the patients and erases as well as illegally changes the medical records from patients records when the information can implicate the hospital with negligence. When there is negligence involved the hospital intentionally does not diagnose the patients condition nor provide any medical treatment simply for the purpose of not admitting fault- even at the expense of the patients life. When patients write a complaint to the hospital director Professor Rotstien they get responded to with bullying and threats for daring to speak up against the hospital at all. Hadassah hospital takes no responsibility for patient safety. The hospital is unsafe for patients and appears to be above the law. The hospital should be shut down for everyone’s good. I’ve spoken to so many patients who have similar experiences as mine.
sami saadeh, July 2019
Good. Not easy to find parking. But that is expected with big hospitals.