Sharon's surgeon considered Israel’s best

Monday, January 09, 2006 | 
Dr. Jose Cohen, the chief surgeon for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, is an expert in surgery of the base of the skull and has conducted much basic and clinical research on microanatomy of the brain. But this unassuming doctor is still single at 40-years-old and lives in the student dorms, a short walk from Hadassah Hospital. He immigrated to Israel four years ago from Argentina, where he worked as a neurosurgeon in Argentina. He is on call with his stroke unit 24 hours a day at Hadassah. He went to a Jewish school in Argentina, learned Hebrew and received a Zionist education. Prof. Felix Umansky, Hadassah's Argentinean-born director of neurosurgery, recruited Cohen at a medical conference in Brazil. Umansky heard one of Cohen's lectures about treating acute strokes and invited him to open such a service in Jerusalem. Umansky and Cohen worked together on Sharon's hemorrhaging brain.

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