The Rina Zaizov Hematology-Oncology Division
The Hematology-Oncology Department at Schneider Children’s Medical Center was established by a team of hematologist-oncologists headed by Israel Prize laureate, the late Prof. Rina Zaizov. The Division is the largest such facility in Israel today for childhood and adolescent diseases of blood and cancer, treating the largest number of childhood cancer patients in the country. Comprising an Inpatient Department, ambulatory clinics and laboratories, specialists have succeeded in dramatically improving the chances of survival of children suffering from malignancies such as leukemia where 85% of children recover from the disease. Thousands of youngsters who have been treated in the Division over the years have recovered from their illness, and today have families of their own.
Location: 7th Floor
Inpatient Visiting Hours: Sundays to Fridays, 09:00-22:00; Shabbat, 09:00-21:00
Day Care Clinic Hours: Sundays to Thursdays, 08:00–16:00
Oncology Day Care Clinic: 972-3-9253766
Hematology Clinic: 972-3-9253362
Emergency Duty Physician: 16:00 until morning 972-50-4057300
Fridays, Shabbat 972-50-4057301
Appointments: 972-3-9253766, Sundays-Thursdays, 08:00-15:00
Director of the Division
Prof. Shai Izraeli
Dr. Shifra Ash, Director, Oncology Day Care Unit
Dr. Salvador Fischer, Director, Inpatient Department
Dr. Jerry Stein, Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit
Prof. Hannah Tamary, Director, Hematology Unit
Dr. Sarah Elitzur, Director, Hematological malignancies service
Dr. Helen Toledano, Director, Neuro-Oncology Unit
Dr. Shira Amar
Dr. Gali Avrahami
Dr. Shlomit Barzilai
Dr. Gil Gilad
Dr. Tracy Goldberg
Dr. Orna Steinberg-Shemer
Dr. Kaadan Walid
Dr. Joan Yaacobowitz
Director, Hemato-Oncology Nursing
Tamar Natanzon Bracha
Director, Day Care Nursing
Director, Inpatient Nursing
Irit Schwartz Attias
Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation Nursing
The Inpatient Unit underwent a complete overhaul and upgrade a few years ago and comprises 22 beds
The Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit comprises 5 beds and treats the largest number of children with cancer and hematological disorders in the country. It is the only such unit in Israel dedicated to children. In 2014, the BMTU received JACIE accreditation (an international standards and accreditation body focused on bone marrow).
The Hematology Unit treats patients with hereditary and acquired non-malignant blood disorders, and is the largest of its kind in Israel.
The Hematological Malignancies Unit treats all forms of pediatric leukemia, lymphoma and Langerhans cell histiocytosis.
The Harriet and Ben Teitel Day Care Hospitalization Unit
The 15-bed Unit is the most active sector in the Oncology Division since most of the patients are ambulatory and live at home. The Unit is open 6 days a week from 07:00-20:00. Patients with afternoon appointments must arrive by 12 noon.
The Max Tannenbaum Outpatient Clinic includes several specialty clinics for hematology, diagnostic oncology, follow-up, leukemia and lymphoma, solid tumors, fertility and neuro-oncology.
Diagnostic Research Laboratories
Six laboratories are staffed by researchers in cancer and hematology, who through their studies, advance understanding and treatment of malignancies in children:
- Cancer Immunology
- Cancer Cytogenetics
- Hematopoiesis, Stem Cells, Biology of Bone Marrow Transplantation
- Molecular Genetics in Hematology
- Molecular Oncology
- Molecular Genetics of Childhood Cancer
The Child at the Center
The Hematology-Oncology Division sees the child at the center and therapy is provided by a team of highly skilled and experienced medical experts comprised of pediatric specialists in Oncology and Hematology and nurses trained in chemotherapy and supportive care, as well as treatment of advanced disease. Social workers accompany the child and his family throughout treatment. Support groups for parents, children and adolescents are also available.
It is easier to ford the period of hospitalization and difficult treatments within a supportive, sharing and embracing environment. The multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, educators, art therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians and experts in complementary medicine. The main objective is to return the young child to full health and ensure that quality of life is maintained throughout and after therapy.
To promote support of the child in his natural environment, a multidisciplinary team visits schools for explanatory purposes and tells the pupils about their friend’s illness and how they can help him during his absence from school. Volunteers arrange birthday celebrations as well as family outings both in Israel and abroad.