Dr. Dean Ad-El in India with a patient
With little time to spare in his busy schedule as the Head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burn Unit at Rabin Medical Center, Dr. Dean Ad-El found his way to India to spend two weeks operating on Indian children born with a cleft lip and palate. These children, who live in poverty, have no hope of paying for this operation, which costs as little as $250 dollars. Without this corrective surgery they cannot eat or speak properly and face difficult lives filled with shame, isolation, pain and heartache. This endeavor was sponsored by "The Smile Train" program, through which doctors from around the world volunteer to operate on these children in all impoverished countries.
Dr. Ad-EL was happy to volunteer for such an important mission that dramatically changes the lives of these children. Their smile is truly worth a thousand words.
Leslie and David Schwartz, whose home is in New Hampshire, have always understood the importance of helping others, both in Israel and the United States. Yet perhaps different than many other supporters of Israel is that the Schwartz's take an active role in the causes which they support.
Rabin Medical Center continues to strengthen its ties with the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) in Washington, DC, one of America's leading medical institutions.
Dr. Mohamed Kittani is the first Israeli-Arab doctor to join the prestigious Rabin Medical Exchange fellowship program.