Mass Casualty and Disaster Preparedness: Lessons Learned from the Israeli Experience
A public talk by Professor Rafi Beyar, Chief Executive Officer & Director General RAMBAM Health Care Campus and Gotlieb Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel
Thursday, October 31, 2013
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Village View Room, UCLA Weyburn Terrace Commons Building
11020 Weyburn Drive (in Westwood Village)
A light lunch will be available, beginning at 12:00 noon.
Lessons learned from the 2006 2nd Lebanon War have made Israel, and Rambam Health Care Campus in particular, experts in the field of trauma medicine, including mass casualty events which may result from a military attack or natural disaster. Rambam is currently completing the Fortified Underground Emergency hospital, the world’s largest facility of its kind, which rapidly converts from a 1500 car parking garage to a self-contained 2000 bed, full-service hospital. Israel has a unique national and local model of organizing and managing an emergency event, including a central organization that is responsible for emergency policy, management, coordination, quality control, and ongoing improvement. Well-planned emergency preparedness training for multidisciplinary staff is also a crucial component. The role of nurses, along with other medical staff, is significant both clinically and managerially in leading and organizing emergency events.
Lessons gained from the special model of management of mass casualty events in Israel may be considered for applicability in other countries.
Co-sponsored by the American Israel Medical Association and American Friends of Rambam
About the speaker
Professor Rafael (Rafi) Beyar was born in Tel Aviv in 1952, graduated from the School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University in 1977 (MD), the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Technion in 1983 (DSc) and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in 2008 (MPH). In 1983, he founded the Heart System Research Center at Technion where he served as Coordinator and Director. He completed his residency in medicine at Rambam (1983-1985) and a fellowship in cardiology at Johns Hopkins University (1985-1987). He was appointed Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Technion in 1996 and served as Director of the Division of Invasive Cardiology at Rambam. He served as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University for several years. In 1998, he was elected as Dean of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at Technion and served for the full term.
Beyar’s research and clinical interests range from mathematical simulation to imaging and analysis of the cardiovascular system, as well as the development of stents and new technology in cardiology. He is the author of over 150 scientific publications and 11 books; founding editor of Acute Cardiac Care Journal; and also the inventor of several medical devices used in cardiac surgery. Professor Beyar is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and was nominated to the prestigious Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars for his worldwide contribution to cardiovascular science and for establishing the Technion-Johns Hopkins Collaboration Program on Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.
Since February 2006, Beyar has been serving as General Director of the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, which is the major academic hospital serving Northern Israel. In the summer of 2006, he led the hospital through the second Lebanon war when Rambam was treating patients under fire. Beyar is now spearheading a major development plan in both clinical and research facilities at Rambam, focusing on the combination of medicine science and technology that will most benefit patients’ health care.
Parking Options and Directions:
A. Parking is available in UCLA Lot 32; entrance is on Kinross Avenue, west of Gayley Avenue, in Westwood Village.
- Follow signs to Pay-per-Space parking, which is $6 for two hours ($1 every 20 minutes). Kiosks accept credit cards and $1 or $5 bills, but no coins, and do not give change.
- Exit Lot 32 at the northeast corner of the parking structure. Continue north through the courtyard (directly behind the parking structure) toward the Science and Technology Building (STRB).
- Proceed through the covered breezeway to Weyburn Terrace, and continue through the archway to the Weyburn Commons building (with tall bell tower). Follow signs to the Weyburn Commons, Village View Room.
B. Two-hour free public parking is available in the lot at 1036 Broxton Avenue, 1/2 block south of Weyburn.
- Upon exiting the lot, walk north to Weyburn (toward the movie theaters).
- Turn left (west) on Weyburn and continue across Gayley Avenue.
- Continue past Weyburn Place (alleyway). Weyburn Commons will be on your left.
For more information please contact
Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Tel: (310) 825-9646
Sponsor(s): American Israeli Medical Association, American Friends of Rambam Hospital