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Israeli Relief Efforts in Haiti: With the Chief of the IDF Field Hospital
Dr. Ofer Merin
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Dr. Merin was the commander of the IDF field hospital in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. During the first few days, his main responsibility was to triage patients as they arrived to the hospital. There were literally hundreds and hundreds of injured coming every hour and as the commander of the field hospital it was his responsibility to choose who they could accept for treatment and who they had to turn away.
Dr. Merin was also responsible for the ICU and Surgical Units which made up more than half of the entire field hospital. He supervised all of the personnel and at the same time, because of his specialty in trauma, he was called into perform surgeries. Most specifically, when cases of gunshot wounds arrived, he was the surgeon assigned to treat the injured.
Dr. Ofer Merin was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel and from 1979-1983 served in the Paratroopers Unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Today, he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of IDF Field Hospitals.
Dr. Merin received his Medical Degree from Hadassah Hebrew University Medical School and from 1992-2000 served as a Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident at Shaare Zedek, followed by a clinical Fellowship in Cardiac Surgery at Sunnybrook & Woman’s Health Center in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Merin currently serves as the Director of Shaare Zedek's Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit, the head of the Trauma Unit and as a staff member in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Just last month he was appointed as the Deputy Director-General at Shaare Zedek.
Dr. Merin is a member of the Israel Medical Association, the Israel Heart Society and the Israel Cardiothoracic Society and serves as a lecturer in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Hadassah Medical School and Ben Gurion University Medical School. He and his wife Ora live in Mevaseret Zion with their four children.
View this video below to see the incredibly sophisticated field hospital the IDF established in an amazingly quick timeframe.