Building better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health


Prof Eitan Kerem


Head of Paediatrics at Hadassah Hospital, and Professor in Paediatrics at the Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School.

Prof. Kerem, born and educated in Jerusalem, graduated from the Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School, and completed his paediatric residency at the ” Bikur Holim” Hospital in Jerusalem. Following a fellowship in paediatric respiratory diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, he worked as the Director of Paediatric Pulmonary Medicine at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. In 2002 Prof. Kerem was elected Head of the Department of Paediatrics at the Mt Scopus Hadassah Medical Center and founded there the Center for Children with Chronic Diseases, and in 2011 he took his current position.

Expanding his vision to a nationwide level, Prof. Kerem currently serves as chairman of ‘Goshen’, a new organisation for promoting childhood community health, which was established in collaboration with Hadassah Australia. In addition, Prof. Kerem has a record of building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians. This includes training programs for Palestinian residents and fellows, and organising collaborative seminars and workshops. Recently, Prof. Kerem accomplished a project to build a CF-centre in Gaza. With the assistance of the Peres Center for Peace, three physicians, a nurse and a physiotherapist finished a one-year training program at the Hadassah CF Center in Jerusalem. He is now involved in the Rozana initiative for treating injured Palestinian children, in collaboration with the Sent John Eye hospital in East Jerusalem.

Prof. Kerem’s interest in paediatric pulmonology led him already early in his career into the field of cystic fibrosis (CF). He served as a principal investigator in many national and international multi-center clinical trials and is an author of key publications in the field. His interest in cystic fibrosis spans all aspects of the condition. Prof. Kerem was also involved in formulating the guidelines that paved the road to the standardisation of CF care in Europe and other parts of the world. Additional aspects of his research include asthma and community acquired pneumonia. In 2014, the ECFS Award was presented to Prof. Kerem, acknowledging his substantial and remarkable contribution to cystic fibrosis research. In 2016 he received Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK.