Israeli doctors to discuss emergency preparedness in time of war

By Sally Crocker
 
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Two Israeli physicians who have served on the front lines of war will speak April 3 at UNT Health Science Center.

Dr. Yoav Hoffman
Dr. Yoav Hoffman

Dr. Yoav Hoffman and Dr. Tal Marshak of Galilee Medical Center will discuss their work and share personal experiences with emergency preparedness during times of war. They have cared for northern border Israeli civilians and war casualties from neighboring countries, most recently Syrian refugees.

The visit, co-hosted by UNTHSC’s School of Public Health and Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, is part of Partnership2Gether, a joint program of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County and the Jewish Agency. It is designed to promote mutually beneficial endeavors and connections between the local community and the Western Galilee region.

Dr. Hoffman is Assistant Director of the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Department.  Since 2013, the Intensive Care Department has taken care of pediatric casualties from Syria as well as serving the local population.

With responsibility for mass casualty events preparedness, Dr. Hoffman leads the hospital during emergency situations such as war, fires and chemical disasters.

Dr. Marshak is Senior Surgeon and Head of the Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Unit.

Dr. Tal Marshak
Dr. Tal Marshak

Since 1956, Galilee Medical Center has served as the largest government hospital in its region and currently treats a local population of 600,000.

After the medical center was bombed during the 2006 Lebanon War, an entire underground hospital was created, to provide uninterrupted service during times of crisis.

The April 3 conversation with these physicians is open to UNTHSC students, faculty, staff and the community and is the kickoff event for Public Health Week 2017. The event will be held from 3-4 p.m. in MET 125.  Advance registration is not required.

For more information, contact Dr. Marcy L. Paul, School of Public Health, at marcy.paul@unthsc.edu or 817-735-0537.

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