Cutting edge surgery 521.
(photo credit: University of Washington)
A delegation of senior physicians and medical technicians from the Palestinian
Authority arrived this week for a study program at the Carmel Medical Center in
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“Peace must begin among us,” said Dr. Ahmed Said from the Ramallah
He and radiologist Nasser Id Issa led the large
delegation, which was not dissuaded by Palestinian demonstrators marking Nakba
The members of the delegation received special transit documents
from the Israeli- Palestinian coordination office. Palestinian physicians have
come to study at Carmel before, such as those from Al- Makassed Hospital in east
Jerusalem, but they haven’t come from Palestinian Authority hospitals, said Dr.
Nati Peled, who hosted the group.
As part of the program, Peled, who
heads the hospital’s imaging center, showed them the 256-slice computerized
Palestinian hospitals have recently received CT
scanners purchased through donations, but until now they found no suitable place
to train radiologists and technicians.
The delegation was especially
interested in performing scans and taking samples from small blood vessels less
than a millimeter in diameter using the Carmel CT.
Marzouk Harb, a Carmel
technician for 26 years, from Beit Jann, was among the main instructors of the
“It’s a lot of fun for me to do this, as Carmel is among the
leaders in using this technology, and Arabs and Jews come here to learn from
Chief hospital technician Menahem Pe’er said it was clear that the
PA delegation “clearly wanted to learn and advance, and leave politics
Said noted the differences between the levels of medical
sophistication at Carmel and the Palestinian hospitals were “like night and
day,” adding that he would like to return for more learning
“Real peace between nations is accomplished by people in the
field,” he said, shaking the Israelis’ hands.