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Prof. A.S. Abraham, M.D., F.R.C.P.
Prof. David Fink, Ph.D.
Prof. Shimon Glick, M.D.
Rabbi M. Halperin, M.D.
Prof. Avraham Steinberg, M.D.

 
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Prof. A.S. Abraham, M.D., F.R.C.P.

Abraham S. Abraham was born in Jerusalem and received his medical training in England, graduating in 1960 (MBChB). In 1968 he was awarded his M.D. by the University of Birmingham for his pioneering work on the effects of oxygen in chronic bronchitis. In 1977 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) which is the highest honor a physician can receive in the U.K. In 1968-9 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the John Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Since 1989 Prof. Abraham has been the Chief of Internal Medicine B at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. In 1990 he was elected a Professor of Medicine at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School where he was awarded the faculty prize for outstanding research and has been included in the list of outstanding teachers on several occasions.

Prof. Abraham has published over eighty articles in international medical journals including three in The New England Journal of Medicine.

In the field of medical halacha, Prof. Abraham has published numerous articles and books including Lev Avraham (Hebrew) and The Comprehensive Guide to Medical Halacha (English). His six volumes of Nishmat Avraham (Hebrew, 3 first volumes in English too) are an essential text for physicians, laymen and rabbis alike, encompassing medico-halachic problems and their solutions in all branches of medicine and surgery. Recently he published two pocket-sized books (both in Hebrew and in English) dealing specifically with medical problems on the Sabbath, Festivals and Yom Kippur, for the physician and patient respectively.




Prof. David Fink, Ph.D.

David Fink was born in New York. He received his talmudic training in the Mir Yeshiva and in ITRI, leading to rabbinical ordination in 1978. He was awarded his doctorate in comparative linguistics at Yale University, New Haven, in 1978.

Rabbi Dr. Fink has taught Rabbinic literature and Jewish studies in universities both in the United States and in Europe. After serving as the director of the Jewish Studies program at the University of Maryland in College Park, he came with his family to live in Israel in 1985. Since then he has been active as a Reish Metivta in the Ohr Torah Institutes, training students who are planning on entering the rabbinate. In addition, he has served as editor of ASSIA – journal of Jewish Medical Ethics, published by the Schlesinger Institute.

Over the years, Rabbi Dr. Fink has trained many students who today serve as rabbis in congregations all over the world. He has lectured widely on a range of halachic topics and specialized in medical halacha. His publications in that field have appeared regularly in ASSIA – journal of Jewish Medical Ethics.




Prof. Shimon Glick, M.D.

Shimon Glick is a native of New Jersey and 1955 graduate of Downstate Medical Center in New York. He trained in internal medicine at Maimonides Medical Center, Yale University Medical Center and the Mount Sinai Hospital. He subsequently was a research fellow in the laboratory of Drs Berson and Yalow (Nobel Laureate) at the Bronx Veterans administration Hospital and made major research contributions in the field of endocrinology.

Before his immigration to Israel in 1974, Prof. Glick was chief of Medical Services at the Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Downstate Medical Center. He was president of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists, USA, from 1965-1967. Prof Glick was co-founder and first president of the activist Society of Urban Physicians, and was active in the Committee of Concerned Scientists which was involved in the struggle for Soviet Jewry.

In 1974, Prof. Glick became Professor of Medicine and founding Chairman of the Division of Medicine at the new Ben-Gurion University Faculty of Health Sciences in Beer Sheva, Israel, where he was subsequently Dean and head of health services in the Negev region. He currently heads the Center for Medical Education, and is a member of the Jacobovits Center for Jewish Medical Ethics at that school.

Prof. Glick is editor in chief of ASSIA-Jewish Medical Ethics. He is also a member of the Israeli Ministry of Health, National Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Human Experimentation, and is one of the founders of the Israeli Society of Medical Ethics. He is a member of Israel’s National Health Council.

Prof. Glick was formerly president of the Israel Endocrine Society and served as Associate Editor of the Israel Journal of Medical Sciences. He is on the board of the religious Zionist movement, Meimad, and is currently national ombudsman for Israel’s Ministry of Health.




Rabbi M. Halperin, M.D.

Mordechai Halperin was born in Jerusalem, received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Poneviez in 1966, and his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1974. In 1987, he completed his M.D. at the Hebrew University & Hadassah Medical School. Between 1986 and 2000, Rabbi Dr. Halperin has had professional, medical experience at various medical centers throughout Israel, and was the director of the Jerusalem Medical Center for Impotence & Infertility.

Rabbi Dr. Halperin has presented many lectures and courses at numerous academic institutes and other forums. He has also taught at several rabbinical seminaries, such as the Rabbinical College of the Golan Heights (1974-1976) where he served as a Dean.

Rabbi Dr. Halperin has both lectured and chaired at over 200 conferences in Israel and abroad. In 1989, 1991 and 1994, he received prizes for his dissertations on various medical topics. Additionally, between 1990 and 1992, he served as the Medical Consultant to the Deputy Minister of Health, and during 2000-2001 he served as the Medical Ethics Consultant to the Minister of Health.

In the field of medical ethics, Rabbi Dr. Halperin is a Founding Member of the Israeli Society for Medical ethics, and a member of numerous other ethics committees. He is the chief editor of Assia, the Hebrew quarterly review of medical ethics and Jewish law, and the chief editor of Assia-Jewish Medical Ethics, the English international journal. He has also authored more than 200 articles.

Rabbi Dr. Halperin is currently the Chief Officer of Medical Ethics at the Ministry of Health, and the director of The Dr. Falk Schlesinger Institute for Medical-Halachic Research, Jerusalem, Israel.




Prof. Avraham Steinberg, M.D.

Prof. Steinberg was born in Hoff, Germany. He studied in the Rabbinic Academy of Yeshivat Harav Kook, Jerusalem after which he studied medicine and completed his internship in the Hebrew-University Hadassa Medical School, Jerusalem.

Prof. Steinberg served as a Medical Officer in the Israeli Air Force. He was a resident in the department of Pediatrics, Shaare Zedek, and the department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Hospital Medical Center, Bronx, New York, after which he became a fellow in same department of the Albert Einstein College. He has acted as attending physician in Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bikur Cholim Hospital Jerusalem, Israel.

Former director of The Schlesinger Institute, Prof. Steinberg lectures at numerous academic institutes and other forums and currently works as a physician in Pediatric Neurology, Shaare Zedek Medical Center and is the Director of The Center for Medical Ethics, Hebrew University-Hadassa Medical School, Jerusalem.

Prof. Steinberg received a variety of prizes and awards, among them the Israel Prize 1999  for his Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics. He is the author of various books on Jewish medical ethics, general medical ethics, the history of medicine and pediatric neurology.