AUSiMED Fellows Hall of Fame
To date, AUSiMED has provided eight Fellowships for future leaders in Israeli medicine at Australian hospitals and research institutions. All of our Fellows have entered senior roles at their home institutions soon after returning to Israel and all are making major contributions to healthcare and medical research in Israel.
Dr Saar Hashavya
2014-15 Lowy Paediatric Fellowship
Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) training fellowship at Sydney Children’s Hospital
Saar received training in managing a PEM department. Immediately after his return to Israel, Saar was appointed Head of the PEM Department at Hadassah Hospital.
Dr Asaf Ta’Shma
2015 Lowy Paediatric Fellowship
Paediatric Cardiology research fellowship at Monash University
Asaf learned new skills for genetic testing not previously available in Israel. He identified two new genetic mutations responsible for major congenital heart defects. Asaf has set up a new genetic testing lab in Israel
Dr Hagai Avnet
2016-17 Lowy Paediatric Fellowship
Foetal ultrasound research and training fellowship at Sydney Women’s Hospital
Hagai acquired a range of new ultrasound skills for assessment of foetal wellbeing in high risk pregnancies. He is now at Tel Hashomer Hospital where he has set up a specialist clinic to manage complex pregnancies.
“AUSiMED has had a key role in both my clinical and academic achievements.” – Dr Hagai Avnet
Dr Amit Lotan
2017 Lowy Paediatric Fellowship
Paediatric neurodegenerative disease research fellowship at Florey Institute, Melbourne
Amit receiving training in neuroscience research. After returning to Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem he was instrumental in establishing an AUSiMED-funded collaborative project with the Florey Institute dealing with Vascular Dementia.
Dr Foad Alsana
2016-17 Community Paediatrics Fellowship, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
2016-18 Community Paediatrics Fellowship, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Dafna and Foad gained extensive experience in working with children with behavioural-developmental issues and in-depth knowledge about community paediatrics programs being implemented in Australia. Foad and Dafna are now working with the Goshen National Centre for Community Child Health. Foad is introducing Community Paediatrics programs in the Negev, with a special focus on the Bedouin community. Dafna is establishing Goshen’s activities in Northern Israel.
“The fellowship opened my eyes to new thinking about paediatric services.” Dr Foad Alsana
Dr Oded Breuer
2017-19 Lowy Paediatric Fellowship
Cystic Fibrosis clinical and research fellowship at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth
Oded is bringing new treatment techniques back to Israel with the potential to greatly improve outcomes for CF patients.
“My experience here has made me a better doctor and will allow me to better educate younger physicians.” Dr Oded Breuer
Dr Moran Almog
2019-20 Lowy Paediatric Fellowship
Cardiac Embryology Research Fellowship at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI), Sydney.
Moran undertook a 12-months research fellowship in Prof. Sally Dunwoodie’s world-renowned Chain Reaction Program in Congenital Heart Disease lab. He received training in advanced genomic analysis tools and worked with a team of researchers, developmental biologists and biostatisticians to solve complex cases of congenital heart defects. Moran plans to use the knowledge acquired at VCCRI to advance cardiac genomics research in Israel and contribute to the genetic counselling of patients and families suffering from congenital heart disease.