Sheba Fast Facts

Few medical facilities in the world can boast experts working in almost all aspects and stages of stem cell research and treatment – with recognized scientific breakthroughs in this cutting-edge field. Sheba, however, has a unique advantage: the proximity of research labs to a leading primary care hospital, where advances in basic science immediately can be translated into clinical trials and treatments.

Sheba Medical Center is the largest, most comprehensive medical center in Israel and the Middle-East.



Sheba is home to Israel’s National Health institutions, including:

  • The Rehabilitation Hospital for the IDF

  • The Main Rehabilitation Hospital for terror victims

  • Israel National Blood Bank

  • Israel National Center for Autoimmune Diseases

  • Israel National Center for Cystic Fibrosis

  • Israel National Center for Glaucoma

  • Israel National Center for Health Policy and Epidemiology

  • Israel National Center for Hemophilia

  • Israel National Center For Medical Simulation

  • Israel National Center for Multiple Sclerosis

  • Israel National Center for Newborn Screening

  • Israel National Center for Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Israel National Center for Tay Sachs

  • Israel National Virology Laboratory

Sheba leads medical treatment in:

  • Cancer, including hemato-oncology

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Genetics

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Orthopedics

  • Pediatrics

  • Psychiatry

  • Rehabilitation

  • Surgery



At Sheba, clinical treatment and medical research are closely intertwined, in proximity to the patient, for the direct benefit of the patient.

Sheba is one of only two medical centers in Israel with US Department of Health Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) designation – a classification that makes Sheba eligible for U.S. federal research grants involving human clinical trials.

Israeli and international biotech and medical industries work in close synergy with Sheba scientists and clinicians to develop new medical technologies and drugs, often using Sheba as their main testing site.


  • Autoimmune diseases

  • Cancer genetics and treatment

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Diabetes and metabolic diseases

  • Genetics, onco-genetics and fertility

  • Gynecological and surgical oncology

  • Hemato and pediatric oncology

  • Lipidsand arthrosclerosis

  • Neurosciences

  • Stem cell and regenerative medicine



1948 Abandoned army camp converted to military hospital (Army Hospital No. 5) under Israeli leadership of Dr. Chaim Sheba, Surgeon General, Israel Defense Forces.
1953 Administration of 650-bed hospital transferred to Ministry of Health, becoming a civilian medical center.
1959 Rehabilitation Center established.
1960 First open-heart surgery performed.
1964 Artificial Kidney Unit established.
1968 Fellowship program instituted for students from the United States.
1970 Guardians of Courage established in Los Angeles by Charlotte Sinay.
1979 Oncology Building dedicated.
1981 Gindi Family Cafeteria, in memory of Elie J. Gindi of Los Angeles, completed.
1982 First Israeli test tube baby born.
1983 25-bed hospice program instituted for terminally ill.
1984 Max & Pauline Zimmer Foundation funded Cardiac Outpatient Clinic.
1985 Friends of Sheba Open Heart Surgery Department inaugurated. Samuel Jared Kushnick Pediatric Immunology Research Center established.
1986 The Lodzer Organization of California established Leukemia Project in memory of Rita Miller.
1987 Friends of Sheba Women’s Group established to benefit Pediatric Psychiatric Center.
1988 Friends of Sheba contributed $850,000 to Sheba Cancer Institute.
1990 Friends of Sheba launched $1.5 million campaign for Obstetrics/Gynecology project.
1991 Marilyn & Sigi Ziering funded Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology project.
1992 Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Research Institute established.
1993 Frances Brody Gynecological Clinic established.
1995 Israel’s first AIDS Hospice created. Seymour Hammerman Pediatric Psychosomatic Department established (inspired by Stanley Eisenberg and Marjorie Pressman).
1996 Anna & Max Webb Oncological Day Clinic inaugurated by the Webbs.
1997 Hospital selected by GE as one of 15 in the world to use revolutionary Magnetic Resonance Technology to make both diagnosis and non-invasive surgery safer and more accurate.
1998 Women’s Group & Sponsor-a-Child Campaign donated $70,000 to special pediatric nurses training program. Women of Sheba sent $125,000 to Hospital for first Pediatric Hospice in Israel, the Marion and Elie Wiesel Children’s Pavilion. Center for Adolescents & Young Adults established by Ruth Ziegler & Ziegler Family Trust.
1999 Friends of Sheba donated $250,000 to purchase a gamma camera for use in non-invasive surgery. Friends of Sheba donated an additional $100,000 towards the Anna & Max Webb Oncology Day Clinic.
2000 Women of Sheba donated $100,000 to the Pediatric Gastroenterology Department. Friends of Sheba donated an additional $150,000 to the hospital.
2001 Friends of Sheba launched $1 million campaign to establish the Dr. Sigi Ziering Brain Tumor Unit at the new Oncology Institute.
2002 Hospital created Medical Simulation Center to train Israel’s IDF doctors, nurses, and paramedics for disaster attacks. Hospital performed first stem cell transplant in Israel. Friends of Sheba donated over $600,000 to the hospital.
2003 Rubinfeld Rehabilitation Hotel donated by Rubin Rubinfeld and Family. Dr. Sigi Ziering Brain Tumor Unit at new Oncology Institute completed.
2004 Dr. Sigi Ziering Brain Tumor Unit dedicated. Shani-Goldman Building inaugurated.
2005 Friends of Sheba launched its first Mission to Israel, led by Executive Director Jack Saltzberg and Co-Chairs Gal Ben-Naim and Ruth Steinberger. Four-year campaign announced: the Israel Center for Newborn Screening, 2006-2009, chaired by Marilyn Ziering.
2006 February: Anna & Max Webb donated $2 million toward the Israel Center for Newborn Screening, the largest gift ever in the history of the Friends of Sheba Medical Center. May: A group of supporters led by Daniel Ziv pledged over $250,000 to purchase new life-saving equipment in the pediatric intensive care unit equipment in The Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital. May: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a coma following a stroke, is moved to Sheba Medical Center. July: The most severely wounded soldiers and civilians from the war in Lebanon are treated at Sheba and the National Center for Rehabilitation. November: Marilyn Ziering pledged $4 million toward a naming gift for the new Sigi & Marilyn Ziering National Center for Newborn Screening.
2007 January: Marilyn Ziering created the Million Dollar Women’s Club, with a goal of one hundred women raising one million dollars. February: Dr. Amitai Ziv, Sheba’s Deputy Director, was awarded the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Award for “Changing the Face of Medical Education and reshaping the way medical care is delivered throughout the world.”
2012 January: Marion Brucker, age 103 donated a room to pediatric oncology. She is our eldest donor to date. What an amazing mitzvah.
2013 November: Irving Schecter dedicated 1 million dollars to the Rehabilitation Center at Sheba Medical Center to save soldiers, victims of terror, and more.
2015 February: Sheba Medical Center opened the only department in all of Israel specializing specifically in young adult and adolescent oncology.
2015 Dr. Gal Markel is responsible for research at the Ella Melanoma Center. Researched and tested at Tel Hashomer Sheba Medical Center, Keytruda fights tumors using the body’s natural immune system. This drug was key in helping rid former US president Jimmy Carter of life-threatening tumors that developed after he was diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year.
2016 In 2016, Sheba’s Neonatal Department, for the second time in a row, gained the highest quality scores from the Ministry of Health, such as for infection rates, infrastructure, man power and others. Sheba’s Neonatal Department continues to sustain the best possible standards.
2016 The Nazarian Family Foundation gave a lead gift of $1 million dollars to MSR and announced the gift at the Friends of Sheba 2016 gala.
2017 The Ziering Family Foundation announced a gift of $1 million dollars to name the Marilyn and Sigi Ziering Newborn Nursery at Sheba Medical Center. The gift was announced at Friends of Sheba’s annual gala, which raised $2.4 million dollars.
2017 Professor Yitshak Kreiss, CEO of Sheba Medical Center formalizes the partnership between the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, Canada and Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer.
2017 The Jerusalem Post presented Sheba Medical Center with its Humanitarian Contribution Award at its Diplomatic Conference in recognition of Sheba’s dedication to supporting countries in need of humanitarian aid.
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