Professor Yoram Weiss has taken up the position of Acting Director-General of the Hadassah Medical Center following the resignation of Professor Zeev Rotstein in July.

Prof Rotstein successfully steered one of Israel’s most prestigious hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, although his tenure was not without controversy.

Ron Finkel AM, Chair of Hadassah Australia, paid tribute to Prof Rotstein calling him “an outstanding administrator with a long history of public service.”

He said he will be remembered for the way he directed the hospital during the worst public health outbreak in the country’s history.

“We owe Prof Rotstein a debt of gratitude,” Mr Finkel said. “Jerusalem suffered more than almost anywhere else in Israel with the effects of COVID-19 on its diverse population.

“Hadassah rose to the challenges posed by the pandemic. It developed protocols at both Ein Kerem and Mt Scopus to ensure that it met the needs of its patients, even as its systems were deeply tested.”

Mr Finkel welcomed Prof Weiss who is well known to the Hadassah Australia community.

“He has a long, proud and successful relationship with Hadassah and is universally admired,” Mr Finkel said.

“He will continue to develop Hadassah as a giant of medical research in Israel and to maintain its status as an organisation dedicated to the care of every patient irrespective of their gender, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation.”

Prof Weiss is an anaesthesiology specialist who also holds an MBA. Prior to the appointment, he was Director of Hadassah’s Ein Kerem campus and his previous senior appointments include head of Hadassah’s Departments of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Peri-Operative Services.

He recently led a delegation of Hadassah doctors to Argentina, and confirmed a joint collaboration between the Argentinean Government and Hadassah, aimed at providing Argentina with the help it needs to prevent COVID-19 from spreading out of control.

Prof Weiss said: “We are all committed to continuing to develop and expand the medical services that Hadassah provides to all those who enter its gates, thanks to our amazing teams who are involved not only in clinical work, but also in ground-breaking research and development.
“Hadassah's contribution is not only to medicine but to the economy of Jerusalem and Israel in general, and members of all faiths alike.”

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