Mission and History

Throughout the years, American Friends of Sheba Medical Center has shown incredible dedication to the innovative and integrated medical care that Sheba Medical Center provides to each and every patient. Our partnership helps Sheba to deliver the highest standards of medicine, research and technology – benefitting Israel and the entire world.


Together, we can change the future of healthcare.

Army Hospital No.5 is what remained following the British withdrawal from Israel in 1948. Its first patients were members of the Israel Defense Forces and civilians wounded during the War of Independence. Professor Chaim Sheba, who at the time was the General Surgeon of the Israeli army took over the management of the hospital from the beginning and stayed with it until his death in 1971.

It wasn’t until 1971, where the name of the hospital was changed to the “Chaim Sheba Medical Center” in tribute to the great physician who founded it. Since then, the Guardians of Courage have been the backbone of the compassionate work at Sheba Medical Center leading to the success of new initiatives such as the Max Zimmer Cardiac Outpatient Clinic in 1984 and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Research Institute in 1992.

From pre-natal to geriatrics, Sheba Medical Center has been Israel’s pace-setter in medical research, education and treatment.

Together, at American Friends of Sheba we are part of a larger family, fighting to treat others with peace, kindness and respect to all.