Thoracic surgery in Israel

Ory Wiesel, Yael Refaely, Daniel Fink

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    During the past 74 years since its establishment, Israel has evolved into a modernized country with well-established and effective public health care system. Thoracic surgeons in Israel play a central role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseases of the chest wall, diaphragm, mediastinum, airways, Lung, and esophagus as well are taking part in designated trauma teams. Between 2,500-3,000 cases are being performed in 16 designated thoracic surgical units and departments across the country annually, the majority of them being performed in a minimally invasive fashion. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related mortality in Israel and the second most common cancer in Israel. All types of thoracic oncologic cases are being presented routinely during designated multi-disciplinary conferences and treatment plans are designed according to the most up to date international guidelines. Each surgeon undergoes at least 6 years of formal training, followed by certifying exams. Advanced training is usually obtained overseas in centers of excellence. Israeli thoracic surgeons are part of an international societies and are actively involved in academic research. Despite the advancement of the Israeli health care system, thoracic surgeons in Israel are still facing few challenges that are limiting the early diagnosis of thoracic surgical malignancies such as lack of established national lung cancer screening program in Israel although a pilot program is being tested during these days. Tasked with taking care of diseases of the chest, and in order to remain at the forefront of diagnosis and treatment similar to our colleagues across the globe, Thoracic surgeons in Israel are continuously seeking to learn and evolve in order to improve and provide better care to our patients.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4187-4193
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
    Issue number10
    StatePublished - 1 Oct 2022


    • Israel
    • Thoracic surgery
    • chest wall surgery
    • esophageal surgery
    • mesothelioma surgery

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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