Physicians are known to work crazy hours, but Dr. Yitzhak Glick’s routine
is even more strenuous than most others in his field because he divides his time
working at two locations thousands of miles apart. Every month he travels from
his home in Efrat, south of Jerusalem, to Cleveland, Ohio, where he works 12
days in the emergency room before returning to Israel.
He spends the rest
of his time volunteering at the medical emergency center in the West Bank
settlement where he lives. Glick has often cared for victims of terrorist
attacks and refuses to receive compensation for the countless hours he puts into
his work in Israel.
That ethic was partially inspired by the untimely
death of his friend Dr. David Appelbaum, who was killed along with his daughter
Nava and five other people by a suicide bomber at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem in
2003. Nava, 20, was to have been married the next day.
This is not
Glick’s first honor. In 2009, President Shimon Peres presented him with an
accolade in recognition of his altruism. Glick is known to be on call 24 hours a
day seven days a week and often arrives at the scene of an emergency before
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