Jonathan Halevy (Yonatan Halevy)
Prof. Jonathan Halevy (Born in Tel-Aviv, 22 June 1948) is an Israeli physician, Director General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Hebrew University and Hadassah Faculty of Medicine.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Public Activity
- 3 Family
- 4 Awards and Achievements
- 5 Public Positions and Membership in Professional Associations
- 6 Editor of Scientific Publications and Journal Reviews
- 7 Links
- 8 References
Prof. Jonathan Halevy was born in Tel Aviv to Shalom and Chaya Halevy. His father was an industrialist and the owner of a metal factory in Kiryat Gat. Halevy has three younger siblings: Vardina, Micha and Chagai. In his youth, Halevy studied at the religious Zeitlin High-School in Tel-Aviv.. He is a graduate of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and specializes in Internal medicine, Gastroenterology, and Health administration. After graduating from high school, Halevy was accepted into the Israel Defense Forces(IDF) Academic Atuda program and studied in the first graduating class of the Tel-Aviv University School of Medicine. Halevy graduated summa cum laude from his medical studies in 1973, at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University. During 1973-1977 Halevy served as a Medical Officer in the Israeli Army. His final position of regular military service duty was as Deputy Medical Commander of Israeli Central Command. Halevy finished his residency in Internal Medicine at Beilinson Hospital (presently the Rabin Medical Center) in 1982 and was appointed Deputy Director of a department of Internal Medicine. Between 1983-1985 Halevy spent two years at Yale University in the United States, where he conducted research and became a specialist in Liver and Gastroenterological Diseases, funded by the prestigious Fogarty International Fellowship. Since 1985, Halevy has served as an active Lecturer in many academic institutions. He was as a senior lecturer at the Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Medicine, an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine. From 1988 to the present day, Jonathan Halevy serves as Director-General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Up until 2012, he also held the role of Director of the Internal Medical Hospitalization Unit. Alongside these positions, Halevy works as a Physician, treating patients in the Liver Unit of Shaare Zedek. During 2000-2006, Halevy served as Chairman of the Israel Center for Organ Transplantation. Alongside his position as Director-General, Halevy dedicates time to issues relating to quality assurance and medical risk management and has served as Chairman of the Medical Risk Management Forum at a risk management company. Following the Earthquake which devastated Kathmandu, Nepal in April 2015, Halevy participated in the IDF medical mission to the region. The mission worked in a field hospital that had been established in the area, where Halevy directed the Hospitalization Department and served as Chairman of the Ethics Committee.
Milestones as Director-General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center
During the three decades of Halevy's service as Director-General, Shaare Zedek Medical Center has witnessed significant development and growth. When Halevy first began his career at the hospital, the number of annual hospitalizations stood at 16,000 patients. This number has increased dramatically, with over 90,000 patients hospitalized every year for treatment In 1994, Halevy took the initiative to establish the Jesselson Heart Center at Shaare Zedek, designed to provide comprehensive cardiac care. In 2004, Halevy inaugurated the Weinstock Emergency Department which presently cares for over 140,000 emergency cases each year. The ER Department has played a central role in treating terror victims of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas during the waves of terrorism in the city. In 2012, with the support of the Ministry of Health and following a request by the Israeli government, Halevy further expanded Shaare Zedek's scope by merging the activities of Bikur Cholim Hospital under the Shaare Zedek name. In 2015, Shaare Zedek officially opened the new Wilf Children's Hospital, a large-scale project initiated by Halevy a decade earlier. During 2015-2016, Halevy concentrated on establishing a comprehensive Brain Institute at Shaare Zedek, capable of treating a wide variety of neurological traumas and diseases. Following an extensive review process, in June 2017, Shaare Zedek achieved the American JCI accreditation status for patient safety and quality of health-care.
In the course of his professional life, Halevy took part in many initiatives and activities which significantly contributed to the following: improving Israeli healthcare, raising awareness of patient rights and the importance of developing positive and compassionate patient-physician relationships, improving patient safety, advancing medical education in Israel, increasing public awareness of the importance of organ donation and signing donor cards, creating a fair division of limited medical resources, and establishing a model for medically and financially efficient hospital management while emphasizing the central notion of displaying warmth and empathy towards patients. Apart from his role as Director-General of Shaare Zedek, Halevy carried out most of these activities voluntarily, dedicating a great deal of time and effort to promoting these important topics.
Halevy resides in Jerusalem with his second wife Adina, who is a psychotherapist and a social worker. The couple has three children: Noam, a Real estate entrepreneur in the Tel-Aviv area; Dan, a physician in the field of medical imaging at Hadassah Medical Center; and Erez, who is currently completing his medical studies at Ben-Gurion University. Halevy shares two children with his first wife, Prof. Sima Halevy: Ilit, a senior attorney in the tax division of the Ministry of Finance and Itai, who serves as Rabbi of the outpost of Migron and teaches in the Beit Midrash for alumni in the settlement of Eli. Halevy has seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Jonathan Halevy's brother, Rabbi Micha Halevy, serves as the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Petah Tikva. His sister Vardina is married to Rabbi Eli Sadan, head of the Bnei David mechina (army preparatory academy).
Awards and Achievements
- 1970 - The greater boston medical society maimonides award
- 1983/1985 - Fogarty international feloowship
- 2008- Honorary Doctorate, Yeshiva University
Public Positions and Membership in Professional Associations
- The Israel Medical Association
- The Israel Association of Internal Medicine
- The Israel Association of Gastroenterology
- The Israel Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
- The Israel Association for Quality in Medicine
- The Israel Health Policy Forum
- The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
- Board of Directors, Israel Cancer Society
- Board of Directors, Bar-Ilan University
- Member of the Health Council, Ministry of Health
- Chairman of the Medical Risk Management Forum at the Medical Risk Management Co. Ltd., Tel-Aviv (1993-2005)
- Director Representing the Public in Tefachot Mortgage Bank (1995-2000)
- Member of the Executive Committee, the Israeli Association for Quality in Medicine (1995-2001)
- Member of the Curriculum Committee, the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School (1996-2000)
- Member of the Advisory Committee to the Israeli Scientific Council on Medical Administration (1996-2005)
- Member of the Surgeon General's Ethics Committee, IDF (1997-2001)
- Member of the Steering Committee for Implementation of Patient's Bill of Rights (1997-2002)
- Member of the Steering Committee of the National Forum on Health Policy (1998-2004)
- Member of the National Committee on Medical Information (1998-2001)
- Chairman, Israel Transplant Center (2000-2006)
- Member of the Faculty Committee of Ben-Gurion University School of Health Sciences (2000-2007)
- Member of the Steinberg Committee on Legislation Concerning Terminal Patients (2001-2005)
- Member of the Executive Committee, Bar Ilan University (2004-2007)
- Member of the Medical Council, Maccabi Natural, Maccabi Health Services (2006-2008)
- Chairman of the Council for Higher Education Committee to evaluate the need for a fifth medical school in Israel (2007)
- Member of the Ivri Committee on national civil service (2007-2015)
- Member of the Council for Higher Education Committee for granting first degrees from the Israel Academic College in the field of health service administration (2007 to present)
- Member of the Steering Committee, "A Vision for Jerusalem" led by Prof. Gur Opher (2007-2008)
- Member, Council for Higher Education Committee to assess granting academic degrees in complementary medicine (2008)
- Member of the National Medical Board of Examiners for Health Administration (2009 to present)
- Chairman of the Public Committee of the National List of Health Services (2013-2015, 2017)
Editor of Scientific Publications and Journal Reviews
- Editor, Medical Risk Management Journal (Hebrew) (1993-2003)
- Editorial Board, Journal of Israel Medical Association (HaRefuah) (1994-2001)
- Editorial Board, Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ) (1999 to present)
- Editorial Board, Journal of Israeli Military Medicine (2004 to present)
Jonathan Halevy has published over 100 articles and papers in the field of medicine, as well as two books in Hebrew pertaining to topics of special interest to him: ("רפואה שלמה בין רופא למטופל" (2003), "רפואה משלימה ואלטרנטיבית – כל העובדות" (2005) and a professional book "Key Facts in Gastroenterology (1985).
Ronny Linder-Ganz, "Bikur Cholim in Shaare Zedek," The Marker, 28 December 2012 (in Hebrew). Ronny Linder-Ganz, "The compassion of the physician is no less important than the academic excellence," The Marker, 13 September 2015 (in Hebrew). Shaare Zedek Medical Center, "Prof. Yonatan Halevy, General-Director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center" Shaare Zedek website. Liat Ron, "Portfolio / Prof. Yonatan Halevy," Globes website (in Hebrew). Efrat Stern, "Doctors without advertisement," Channel 7 website (in Hebrew).
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