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Prof. Jacob Lavee – Director

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Prof. Jacob Lavee – Director, the Heart Transplantation Unit and Deputy Director of the Department  of

Cardiac  Surgery at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel. Associate Professor of Surgery at the Tel

Aviv University Sackler Faculty of  Medicine Trained in Cardiothoracic surgery  at the Sheba Medical Center.

In 1989-1990  joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as Clinical  Heart and Lung transplantation

fellow; Won a Fellowship Award of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs;  In 1991 founded the

Heart  Transplantation Unit at the Sheba Medical Center,  which became Israel’s largest unit of its kind.

In 1997 implanted the first left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in  Israel and since then became an

international authority in the management of terminally ill heart failure patients.

In July 2000 has performed the world’s first in man implant of the HeartMate II LVAD.

Previous Chairman of the Israel Society of  Cardiothoracic Surgery (1999- 2004) and President of the Israel

Transplantation Society (2008-2010)

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