Behind the Stethescope: Profile of Dr. Evgeny Abramson

Evgeny Abramson started his career as a budding young scientist at the age of 24, in one of the most beautiful cities in the world- St. Petersburg. By the time he was 30, he had a Ph.D. and was the Director of the Department of Epidemiology. One of his main duties was to manage public health in low-density communities in the Far North of the former USSR.

But when he moved to Israel in 1990 at the age of 41, along with his wife, 12 year old daughter, a few suitcases and $450 in his pocket, he began the difficult road of reentering the medical profession in Israel, going back to school and living in poverty for the first year.

In 1991, Dr. Abramson obtained work in a public hospital, thanks to a special fund earmarked to assist immigrant scientists find suitable employment (through a joint project of the Ministry of Absorption and the hospital systems in Israel). His impressive C.V. caught the eye of some of the biggest hospitals in the country. But what ultimately piqued Dr. Abramson's interest—besides Rabin Medical Center's excellent reputation, was its friendly and familial-like atmosphere, which for someone putting down roots at the age of 41, was a significant draw.

After 15 years, Dr. Abramson is the head of Data Management at Rabin Medical Center which focuses on analyzing medical activity throughout the hospital, creating data bases for physicians in various areas of medicine, including cardiology, dermatology, and neonatology. Dr. Abramson received an award in 1996 for being the most valuable employee of Rabin Medical Center. This award was icing on the cake for choosing Rabin Medical Center as the place to practice, learn, and engage faculty in the important work of saving lives.

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