Sixty-four-year-old Prof. Gabi Barbash, for more than 20 years director-general of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, has decided to retire early. A public tender will be held to select his successor in less than two months, but the person most likely to be chosen is Prof. Ronni Gamzu, the former director-general of the Health Ministry who previously headed Ichilov Hospital, the main medical facility at Sourasky.
From 1996 to 1999, Barbash served as director-general of the Health Ministry. From 1986 to 1993, he was deputy director of the Sheba Medical Center and from 1990 to 1993, director of Sheba’s rehabilitation hospital.
In a message he sent to all staffers on Thursday, Barbash said that two decades was enough time to bring a fresh look to the hospital and to himself. Sourasky, he added, has been his “life’s work. A good director is tested according to his ability to prepare a continuing generation and pass along the job in an orderly way while preserving continuity and excellence.”
Barbash said he was proud of the excellence of the hospital, the department heads and the entire staff.