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Thomas Jefferson University & Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine Pledge Cooperation


Leading medical institutions seek to expand ties, exchange personnel and collaborate on research


Dr. Mark L. Tykocinski, Provost at Thomas Jefferson University and Dean of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (L), and Prof. David Lichtstein, Dean of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine, signed an agreement to pursue collaboration in scientific research and to exchange staff and students. (Photo by Bruno Sharvit for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Philadelphia and Jerusalem, May 18, 2015 — Two leaders in medical research and health care delivery pledged cooperation, as a delegation from Thomas Jefferson University and its Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia visited the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine in Jerusalem.

During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Professor David Lichtstein, Dean of the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, and Dr. Mark L. Tykocinski, Provost at Thomas Jefferson University and Dean of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

The agreement calls for the two entities to expand scholarly ties and facilitate academic cooperation. In addition to promoting the exchange of academic staff, research fellows and students, the universities will seek opportunities to cooperate and collaborate on scientific research.

Dr. Mark L. Tykocinski, Dean of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, said:  "The Hebrew University is one of the world's leading research institutions, and it's a privilege for Thomas Jefferson University to be forging this alliance. It's apparent from just the tiny sampling we've seen today of the science going on at both institutions that there is a huge potential for synergies. So I look forward to beginning this collaboration and we look forward to inviting you to Philadelphia and to continuing this exchange. "Prof. David Lichtstein, Dean of the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, said: "I want to thank our esteemed colleagues at Thomas Jefferson University for initiating this important relationship. To advance science today we need collaboration and partnership between top universities and research institutions. As we have seen in today’s meetings, there are fields where our two institutions are parallel and can pursue joint ventures, and fields where we are complementary to each other. We look forward to building a fruitful collaboration.”

About Jefferson — Health is all we do.

Our newly formed organization, Jefferson, encompasses Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University, representing our clinical and academic entities.  Together, the people of Jefferson, 19,000 strong, provide the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educate the health professionals of tomorrow, and discover new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

Jefferson Health comprises five hospitals, 13 outpatient and urgent care centers, as well as physician practices and everywhere we deliver care throughout the city and suburbs across Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pa., and Camden County in New Jersey.  Together, these facilities serve more than 78,000 inpatients, 238,000 emergency patients and 1.7 million outpatient visits annually.  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia.  Abington Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Montgomery or Bucks counties.  Other hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; and Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. 

Thomas Jefferson University enrolls more than 3,900 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC); Jefferson Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health; and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and is home of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

For more information and a complete listing of Jefferson services and locations, visit

About the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine is a comprehensive training and research institution. Its mission is to educate Israel's finest medical personnel and deliver biomedical research breakthroughs that alleviate human suffering and improve health care throughout the world. The Faculty encompasses five schools which offer comprehensive curricula to serve tomorrow's medical needs. In addition to the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, the Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine provide the education and skills that enable the Faculty's graduates to establish and deliver the highest standards of research and treatment in Israel and around the world.

With two major Institutes, the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) and the Institute of Drug Research, the Faculty of Medicine conducts fundamental and applied research essential to understanding and finding therapies for the illnesses that challenge medical science, among them cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and infectious diseases.‚Äč The student body includes over 2500 undergraduates, over 1000 graduate students, and approximately 70 postdoctoral fellows per year. For more information, visit

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