Jacob Zauberman, MD
Senior Physician at the Department of Neurosurgery
“Even when you are a senior doctor, you need to continually learn. Every day I gain more experiences and more confidence, and my surgical abilities become sharper. And each and every day, I enjoy what I do.” – Jacob Zauberman, MD
When asked about the surgeries that he finds most challenging, Dr. Zauberman responds that they are the procedures dependent upon reaching tumors deep in the brain, without going through the brain. In modern neurosurgery, it is known that there are areas that can be entered in the brain without impairing function, but the specific effects – mental and behavioral – of each area are not fully understood. Therefore, reaching the tumor and removing it without causing injury to brain tissue is hugely satisfying. In his words, “that is the art of neurosurgery.”
Israel is home to many technological developments, and Dr. Zauberman is excited to take advantage of them. An excellent example is inoperative MRI, which was adopted worldwide. He also learned and mastered his skills in minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. The next development is expected to be in treating very malignant brain tumors, as countless studies explore the use of biological drugs.
Due to a variety of advances, the Sheba team has been able to facilitate a full recovery in children with specific types of tumors that used to be fatal within a few years. In general, neuro-oncology and neurosurgery are on the verge of a real breakthrough, and Dr. Zauberman is ready and waiting to implement the newest treatments.
In Dr. Zauberman’s point of view, medical tourism enables the world to reach Sheba’s first-rate physicians, and enables Sheba to reach the world.
“I have been privileged to treat many international patients, and we create a strong relationship with them. Personal connections are often formed, and a number of my past patients continue to send me greetings years after they underwent surgery and left Sheba,” he shares.