Avi Yisraeli 311.
(photo credit: Hadassah Medical Organization)
The Health Ministry’s new chief scientist doesn’t need to be shown around the
office. Prof. Avi Yisraeli, who served as the ministry director-general from
2003- 2009, has replaced Prof. Benjamin Sredni, the ministry said on
For the last couple years, Yisraeli has headed the health policy,
health care management and health economics department at the Hebrew University-
Hadassah Medical School.
Yisraeli said he was”very surprised” by the
appointment from current director-general Dr. Ronni Gamzu, but agreed because he
regarded it as an important national challenge.
“I will encourage every
initiative to support this significant resource – the country’s human capital
and scientific and research capabilities to advance Israeli medicine,” Yisraeli
Yisraeli told The Jerusalem Post that he hopes to change the
“tradition” that the chief scientist’s office has little money to allocate to
crucial medical research. When Yisraeli entered the ministry in 2003 as
director-general, the chief scientist had only NIS 2 million for allocations,
but by Yisraeli’s leaving, he had multiplied it several times to NIS 9.6
This time around Yisraeli said he aims to recruit new funding
sources, not only the Treasury, but also companies and foundations to finance
Before Yisraeli became the ministry’s director-general, he
served as director-general of the Hadassah Medical Organization.
nomination was approved by a special committee, after which Yisraeli was
congratulated by Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman.
received his medical degree and his master’s degree in public health from
Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem.
He also earned a master’s degree
from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Yisraeli specialized in internal
Sredni will move to Bar-Ilan University for work in continuing