Sheba Welcomes West Bank and Gaza Medical Professionals for Unique Oncology Conference

More than 100 attendees, including doctors, healthcare executives, medical students, and Palestinian officials, joined the Recent Advances in Cancer Treatment (REACT) regional conference, where Sheba's top clinicians showcased the most recent developments in oncologic care, with a focus on pediatrics. This marked a significant step forward for Israeli-Palestinian medical collaboration.

Opening the event, Dr. Itai Pessach, Director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital, stated.

“We are hosting our Palestinian colleagues not just to share the latest innovations and advancements in pediatric cancer treatment, but because collaboration with Palestinian physicians and health institutions is key to advancing healthcare in the region. We are committed to working together to make a meaningful difference in our patients’ lives and promote peace and cooperation in the field of medicine.”

REACT Israel 2023

The REACT Israel 2023 regional conference was another part of Sheba’s continued efforts to enhance care in the region, following several joint initiatives with Palestinian hospitals to provide specialized medical training and education. Sheba also offers telemedicine services to Palestinian hospitals and clinics in the West Bank, allowing doctors to consult with Sheba’s specialists on complex cases.

According to Raied Balum, Sheba’s Director of Regional Patient Services, who also led the planning of the conference. “This gathering marks a historic moment for Sheba Medical Center and healthcare in the region. Today, we are starting a new journey together, one that will continue to strengthen the ties between us. This event is a testament to our shared commitment to providing the best possible care to all patients. I look forward to seeing its positive impact in the years to come.”

Sheba Director General, Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, concluded the event, remarking,

“We are the largest hospital in Israel and the Middle East, and we are a very good one. As a leading regional and global healthcare institution, we have another role in the region: to serve as an engine for peace. This means not only providing the best medical care and sharing expertise, but also creating connections, both professional and personal, between us here and everyone in the region who is willing to be our partner and friend, cultivating coexistence and friendship.”