Economic, Social, and Political Challenges to Equal Delivery of Healthcare in Israel


Speaker: Prof. Raphi Walden






Join us for a conversation with Prof. Raphi Walden, a vascular surgeon and deputy medical director of Sheba Medical Center, faculty member at Tel Aviv  U. School of Medicine, and president of Physicians for Human Rights in Israel. Prof. Walden will address the current state of health care in Israel, pressures and shortages in the health system that are seriously impacting delivery to all Israelis, inequities between the center and periphery in Israel, including the disadvantage suffered by Israelis in the South. Prof. Walden, whose organization, sends a mobile medical clinic each weekend to the Palestinian areas in the West Bank, will also address the de-development and under-development of the Palestinian health care system in the West Bank and Gaza that is impacting overall regional health. Prof. Walden will also give a brief overview of the history of Physicians for Human Rights and how it engages world-renown medical professionals in its work. He will be joined by his wife, Prof. Tsvia Peres Walden, and by Ran Goldstein, director of Physicians for Human Rights in Israel.



About the speaker:


Prof. Raphael Walden was born in France and immigrated to Israel as a child. He completed his medical studies at Hebrew University in 1967. After serving as a doctor in the military, Prof. Walden did his residency in surgery at Sheba Medical Center. Today, he is deputy director of Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital, in charge of risk management, quality assurance, and medical education. Since 1991, he has also been a professor of surgery at Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine.


Considered one of the leading voices in Israel for health equality, he joined the board of Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) in 1993 and has served as board president since 2018.


Professor Walden has practiced as a doctor all around the world. Some of his experiences include serving as a medical consultant to the government of Singapore, and completing humanitarian missions in Sri Lanka and Senegal. In 2013, he was awarded the Yeshaayahu Leibowitz award for humanitarian activity.


Prof. Walden also works with the Red Star of David (MDA) - equivalent to the Red Cross, providing medical care and medical training for paramedics, etc.  He was granted the title of "officer de la legion d'Honneur" by the president of France.


Since 2016, he has been the chairman of the Public Board of the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism (IMPJ).

Professor Walden was also the personal physician of Israeli President Shimon Peres from 2006 to 2013 and is married to Prof. Tsvia Walden, who is President Peres’ daughter. He lives with his family in Tel Aviv.



Event Details

Event date: 06-04-2019
Event End Date: 06-04-2019
Cut off date 06-04-2019
Individual Price Free
Time 6:30PM - Networking Reception
7:00PM - Introductions
7:05pm - Presentation and Q&A
Location Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz
1500 Broadway, New York, NY , New York, NY
Event Language Event will be conducted in English
Event registration is closed
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