The Davidoff Cancer Center at Israel’s Rabin Medical Center benefits from the support of the Davidoff Foundation’s international board and hosts a bi-annual international conference which includes top doctors and researchers from Dana Farber Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and other premier cancer centers from the USA and Europe.
In particular, the Davidoff Center has a strong relationship with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which has hosted several Rabin Medical Exchange Fellows in recent years.
I spent four weeks at the gastroenterology division of Mount Sinai hospital in NYC, and specifically at the IBD center (inflammatory bowel diseases). During that time I joined the doctors at their daily work, and specifically to Dr. Steven Itzkowitz, one of the senior doctors at the department.
I spent one month (April 2015) at the Columbia University Medical Center – in the Cardiology Critical Care Unit (CCU). I worked under the supervision of Dr. LeRoy Rabbani. I joined the CCU team as an observer, but I participated in all of their activities during the day.
My father, Rabbi Walter H. Plaut, died from colon cancer in 1964. He was forty-four. I was six. Three years later, my mother, Hadassah Yanich Plaut, uprooted our family from Great Neck, Long Island to Jerusalem, Israel to start a new life.