Governor O’Malley and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Visit Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine




JERUSALEM —Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Dr. Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, visited the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem today as part of a mission to fortify relationships between Maryland and Israel trauma care and emergency medicine and research. Perman also visited the trauma center at Hadassah Medical Center.

Professor Avi Rivkind, director of Hadassah Medical Center's trauma unit, told O'Malley and Perman: "What I learned in Maryland has saved many lives in Israel, and we Israelis thank you." Rivkind spent 1986-88 training at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, and patterned Hadassah's trauma center -- Israel's pioneering trauma center -- after it. Of late, Rivkind has been noted for his innovation and teaching in trauma by Boston physicians treating those injured during the Boston Marathon bombing.

O'Malley noted that Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, which established and supports Hadassah's two hospitals in Jerusalem, was from Baltimore. "When I was mayor of Baltimore, I hung her picture in my office. I can feel her spirit here, today."

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem signed an agreement for cooperative trauma care and emergency medicine studies, to engage in joint research, and to grow exchanges of students and faculty.



Hebrew University president Menachem Ben-Sasson (sitting, at left), signs an agreement at the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem on Tuesday, April 23, between his institution and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, to engage in cooperative trauma care and emergency medicine studies, to pursue joint research, and to grow exchanges of students and faculty, with Dr. Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (sitting, at center).

Standing in back are, from left, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Professor Avi Rivkind, director of Hadassah Medical Center's trauma unit, and Professor Eran Leitersdorf, Dean of the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Medicine.