The Edmond and Lily Safra
Children’s Hospital in Israel
The Safra Children’s Hospital is a world-renowned facility that treats a wide range of pediatric conditions. Experienced physicians are specially trained to diagnose and treat all types of diseases and medical disorders that afflict children. We are constantly developing new and better approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and clinical treatment of childhood conditions.
Our skilled, compassionate staff is dedicated to providing holistic, compassionate and comprehensive care for kids, optimizing comfort for every child. Additionally, the building is designed with colorful and cheerful features that create a calming, pleasant atmosphere. Exceptional clinical care is given to children of all ages and from across the entire county, Palestinian Authority, Mediterranean and Near East regions.
Departments at the Safra Children’s Hospital include:
- Pediatric Intensive Care unit
- Pediatric Neurology Institute
- Pulmonary Unit (including the National Cystic Fibrosis Center)
- Pediatric Surgery Department
- Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Division
- Outpatient Clinical Service and day centers for oncology patients
- Psychiatric Department specializing in the treatment of eating disorders
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Department
- Edmond J. Safra International Congenital Heart Center
Special Services Offered
at the Safra Children’s Hospital
Highly Advanced Treatment for Childhood Cancers
At the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Division, we treat children with a diverse range of cancers. Our modern facilities include the Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinic, the Inpatient Unit, and an advanced Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit. Most of our therapies and procedures are performed on an ambulatory basis, maximizing children’s comfort by minimizing the amount of time they need to spend in the hospital. Our team of pediatric specialists, including doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and creative arts therapists, collaborate to provide supportive, multidisciplinary care.
CAR T-Cell Therapy
CAR T-cell therapy is a highly specialized, innovative treatment for blood cancer that works by transforming the patient’s white blood cells and programming them to become cancer killers. When other blood cancer treatments have failed, CAR T-cell therapy has shown encouraging results, putting some cancers into remission. This personalized treatment is only available at a handful of cancer centers worldwide, including Sheba Medical Center in Israel. At the Safra Children’s Hospital, we offer CAR T-cell therapy for children with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and leukemia.
Congenital Heart Disease Treatment
We offer an array of advanced therapies and procedures to treat congenital heart disease, helping children to overcome the problem and live a normal adult life. Our highly qualified team includes experienced cardiothoracic surgeons and world-class specialists. At our premier International Congenital Heart Center, pediatric surgeons can perform cardiac surgery on babies who weigh less than 2.5 kg. We also offer a unique, minimally invasive procedure that does not cause scarring.
The Hospital of Hope
Our Unique Approach to Pediatric Care
At the Safra Children’s Hospital, all healthcare services are provided with an innovative approach – using pharmacological, psychological and other methods, such as virtual reality glasses and medical clowns. We are dedicated to preventing or relieving all types of suffering throughout each child’s stay at our hospital. To that end, our medical team customizes each treatment program to match the individual child’s age, stage of development, and attitude towards being in the hospital.
What Patients Say
Ivan Egorov – Recovery from Leukemia
“I now know for sure that cancer is not a death sentence. Our time at Sheba convinced me of this.”
When Yulia Egorov’s 23-month-old son, Ivan, was diagnosed with leukemia, she brought him from Russia to the Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center in Israel for treatment. Ivan received advanced chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, and he was cured. Now, eight years later, Ivan lives life just like other kids.
Gabriel Lesnik – How His Heart Defects Were Healed
“I have been meeting people here in Slovenia with children who have similar heart conditions. With no hesitation, I tell them – Israel is where you need to go! No distance is too great to travel when it comes to saving your child’s life.”
At 32 weeks gestation, Gabriel Lesnik was born in Slovenia and diagnosed with two serious heart diseases. Local doctors were not able to provide treatment, so Gabriel’s parents researched worldwide for the best hospital to save their son. They decided upon Sheba, where Gabriel underwent an extremely complex, life-saving surgery.
Meet Our Doctors
Itai Pessach, MD, PhD
Director, The Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital
Dr. Pessach was inaugurated as Director of the Safra Children’s Hospital in January 2019. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director. Dr. Pessach completed his medical degree with honors from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He also received his Ph.D. there, in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry. He is a renowned researcher and consultant to startup companies that advance unique technologies for intensive care.
Amos Toren, MD
Director of the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Division
Prof. Amos Toren is the director of the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department. His particular area of research is in CAR T-cell therapy, and he specializes in pediatrics, general hematology, and pediatric hemato-oncology. Additionally, Prof. Toren holds a PhD in genetics and qualified as a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from the Recanati Business School, Tel Aviv University.
David Mishaly, MD
Director of the Department of Pediatric & Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Mishaly, an experienced cardiothoracic surgeon, invented a revolutionary minimally invasive surgical technique that is used to treat congenital heart defects in children. At present, he is the only doctor in the world who performs this unique surgery. Dr. Mishaly received his medical degree from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, specialized in cardiothoracic surgery at the Rabin Medical Center and completed a fellowship in cardiac surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as a fellowship in congenital pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at UC San Francisco.
Elad Jacoby, MD
Attending Physician at the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Department
Investigator in Pediatric Cancer Immunotherapy, Pediatric Research Institute, The Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital
Dr. Jacoby is a leading physician in the implementation of innovative CAR-T therapy for lymphoma and leukemia patients in Sheba. He received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, and finished a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
A diagnosis of serious illness is overwhelming and frightening at any age – especially for kids. At the Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center, our experienced medical team provides all-encompassing, holistic care that aims to make the challenges of a serious disease as easy to cope with as possible. Every treatment program that we administer is personalized and designed to consider the child’s unique condition and needs. Multidisciplinary specialists join together to support the individual’s physical and psychological well-being with integrative care in our “hospital without pain.”
Ranked In ThE TOP TEN
Best Hospitals Worldwide
Sheba Medical Center sets the standard for excellence in patient-focused care. Recently, Newsweek included Sheba on their prestigious list of the Top Ten Best Hospitals Worldwide. This endorsement recognizes Sheba as a leading force in medical science and biotechnological innovation – maximizing the latest technologies while always providing holistic, outstanding healthcare. Sheba is strongly committed to delivering personalized, expert medicine to everyone from all over the world.