Planting a ‘Tree’ of health in the Galilee

29.05.2011                      25.Ijar, 5771                      Tag 40 des Omer

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Planting a ‘Tree’ of health in the Galilee

Establishing a medical faculty is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: An interview with Prof. Ran Tur-Kaspa, dean of Bar-Ilan University’s new school in Safed.

Establishing a new medical school is one of the closest things to the act of creation by man, as doctors’ minds will be forged there, and success will benefit life and health for decades. Few people have such an opportunity, since founding such a faculty is a rare act – even in the US, only about a dozen medical faculties are opened every five years. In little Israel, the physician who last had the privilege was the late Prof. Moshe Prywes, who established Ben-Gurion University's Faculty of Health Sciences and its Goldman Medical School in Beersheba in 1973.
Now Prof. Ran Tur-Kaspa, a senior internal medicine and liver disease specialist who combines medical practice, research and administration skills, has been given his chance. He is dean of Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee (called “Ilan – Tree – of the Galilee,”) which will open in October in temporary rented premises in a former geriatric hospital in Safed. Five years later, it will move into a permanent campus in Safed’s Kinneret quarter, with a breathtaking view of Rosh Pina and the Kinneret. Bar- Ilan, located in Ramat Gan, is the country’s largest university; it jumped at the chance to have a medical faculty of its own….