Rabin Medical Exchange Fellows

Want to help improve medical care across the world? Learn more about the Rabin Medical Exchange Fellows program!

The Rabin Medical Exchange Fellows program selects top doctors, researchers and medical practitioners from hospitals and research centers from the Rabin Medical Center of Israel to conduct research and share their expertise. A fellow can be sponsored and named for $5k-$10k for two to four weeks and $35k for a one to two year fellowship. During his/her observership, Rabin Fellows will engage in educational projects to benefit healthcare, treatment and research at Israel’s premier medical center.

Since its inception in 2010, there have been over 60 Rabin Fellows funded for medical specialties, including cardiology, orthopedics, diabetes, internal medicine, gastroenterology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, robotic surgery and high-risk pregnancies at U.S. hospitals, including Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Duke University Medical School, Columbia University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, National Institute of Health, UC San Diego Medical Center, Boston Eye Group, Keck School of Medicine of USC, University of Maryland Medical Center.

The selection of doctors is based on the process used by the Fulbright Program. Reviews of each experience are made by the participating institutions, Rabin Medical Center and the American Friends of Rabin Medical Center.

"I see this extraordinary opportunity given to me by this wonderful organization to spend time in a leading gastroenterology center, a chance to expend my knowledge in gastroenterology in general, and in inflammatory bowel diseases in particular, to generate new contacts that hopefully will pave the path for future collaborations, and to bring added value to the RMC in the future."

- Dr. Ifat Snir Gastroenterology Fellow Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

"Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, I as a Cardiology fellow in probably the most important cardiology service in Israel have the opportunity to learn and get exposed to the practice of probably one of the best cardiology services in the world."

- Dr. Pablo Codner completing his 2-year Cardiology fellowship at the Columbia University Medical Center

"This kind of program provided me a window to see how medicine works in another medical institution. This experience expanded my mind and thought process to new ways of thinking and working."

- Dr. Ariel Farkash Cardiac Surgery Fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital

Testimonials from Prior Rabin Medical Exchange Cardiology Fellows

"A clinical fellowship in a leading, high volume cardiovascular center abroad is an important, perhaps indispensable part of an interventional cardiologist’s training. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to hone and improve one’s clinical skills through daily exposure to the cutting-edge practice of interventional cardiology and interaction with leading experts in the field. The experience and lessons learned in these training periods, combined with the continuous process of teaching at Rabin Medical Center (RMC) translate into better, more advanced and effective patient care at RMC."

- Dr. Guy Witberg: one month rotation in Interventional Cardiology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC

"I returned to Rabin Medical Center (RMC) in August 2017, after spending 20 months in Gaithersburg, Maryland at the CVPath Institute. Upon my return, I continued my general cardiology fellowship. I am trying to implement the knowledge I have gathered in my research fellowship in the daily practice, particularly in tailoring medical devices, such as coronary stents, to specific patients and validating their proper deployment in advanced modalities such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Following my return, we established, in collaboration with the hematology department at our hospital, a new interdisciplinary team of basic and translational research, focusing on studying the accelerated atherosclerosis process in patients with hematological malignancies treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. I hope that we will be able to understand better these adverse processes, and develop treatments that will be more benign in their cardiovascular outcomes and still maintain the hematological efficacy."

- Dr. Emanuel Harari: 2 years Research Fellowship at CV Cardiovascular Pathology Institute, Gaithersburg, MD

"I was one of the very fortunate fellows to have received support from American Friends of Rabin Medical Center (AFRMC), in my case for a two-year program at Stanford University. During this period, I had acquired knowledge in two exclusive programs of interventional cardiology and medical device innovation. With these skills I am now able to combine my two main clinical fields of expertise- treating cardiac patients in a minimally invasive manner, with the knowledge of true translational research. I am extremely happy to have re-joined our leading medical center in contributing to the care of cardiac patients, taking part of both clinical and basic-science research, and to the launch of a unique center for medical device innovation. Finally, the personal experience of spending these years in northern California with my family, and the unique opportunity for personal growth, were utterly invaluable.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!"

- Dr. Leor Perl: 2 years Clinical Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology and Academy of Biodesign at Stanford University Medical Center, CA

Past Fellows