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A Visit From the American Friends President

During her recent visit in Israel, Zoë Riekes, President of AFGMC, spent a day at Galilee Medical Center. During her visit, Zoë got a first-hand view of some of the projects supported by Friends of GMC, such as the new Women’s Health Wing and the new Simulation Center. Zoë visited the new Cardiology Department named for Irving and Cherna Moskowitz and met with Dr. Attar, Head of the Department.

The new Play Area in the Pediatric Department was just about to be installed and has now been completed, soon to be officially opened. Zoë also visited the art exhibition in the new Women’s Wing and was updated regarding the hospital’s efforts and emphasis on environments that promote healing. At a special breakfast hosted by Mrs. Raya Strauss Ben-Dror, President of Friends of GMC at her home in Nahariya, a discussion concerning strengthening the relations between AFGMC and GMC was held. Before ending the meeting Zoë was awarded a certificate of appreciation for her long-standing commitment and contribution to GMC.  

Faces of Galilee Medical Center

Meet Dr. Samuel Tobias
Senior Physician, Department
of Neurosurgery 

Dr. Samuel Tobias, born and raised in Mexico City, immigrated to Israel with his family in 2011. In March 2013 he was invited to become part of the team led by Prof. Jean Soustiel to establish a new Department of Neurosurgery at Galilee Medical Center. Dr. Tobias has been actively involved in treating Syrian nationals with very severe traumatic brain injuries. His main practice includes skull base tumors, pediatric neurosurgery, spine surgery and neurotrauma, and he sits on our Trauma Advisory Committee. “I’m fulfilling my dreams of being a neurosurgeon, living in Israel and contributing to the country with my expertise in neurosurgery.”

Dr. Tobias sits on GMC’s Trauma Advisory Committee and since September 2018 serves as Co-Chair of the Medical Task Force for the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether Western Galilee / Midwest Consortium / Budapest Program.