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Partnering with the United States

The US-Israel partnership is one that has generated tremendous benefits for both countries.

Sheba Medical Center and the United States of America

Israel and the United States partner in many areas, medical being no exception. Because of its size and scope, Sheba Medical Center is at the center of that partnership.

In fact, the US Army built the first buildings that would eventually become Sheba, during WWII in anticipation of casualties from a North African campaign that did not take place.

At any given time more than 30 Sheba physicians are conducting work, research, and study across the US. Across the United States, Sheba operates in a wide range of fields from genetics to oncology.

From Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to MD Anderson in Texas, Sheba physicians spend time in the US fostering the exchange of ideas, treatments, and experiences between the US and Israel, improving the healthcare in both countries.


Fast Facts

  • Sheba Medical Center is one of only two medical centers in Israel with US Department of Health “Federal-wide Assurance” designation – a classification that makes Sheba eligible for US federal research grants involving human clinical trials.
  • As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Sheba signed an “emergency agreement” with the US National Institutes of Health to partner on addressing the crisis, and data from Israel has been extremely helpful to the US response.
  • Dozens of US hospitals and Medical Centers have signed formal agreements as well as made informal agreements with Sheba as a foundation for strong and deep cooperation. These include hospitals from Jefferson Medical Center in Philadelphia to Tampa General in Florida to Santa Monica Hospital in Los Angeles.
  • Sheba’s ARC Innovation Center creates technologies that enter the US healthcare system as well as partnership with US manufacturers and innovators.
  • SciTech City in Jersey City, NJ has signed an agreement with Sheba’s ARC to build a health tech incubator that is expected to generate important jobs and technology.
  • Sheba and researchers at West Virginia University have received FDA approval for a pioneering approach to Alzheimer’s treatment using ultrasound. This is just one of many similar cooperative projects.

Serving the Underserved

Another way Sheba supports the US is by partnering in major projects in an underserved neighborhood of Chicago.

The Bronzeville neighborhood was once a vibrant and thriving African American neighborhood that subsequently went into significant decline. The longtime local hospital, which in fact had originally been built by the Jewish community, was closed and torn down.

An ambitious new project has emerged for a massive development on the site, to improve health equity and quality of life in the neighborhood.

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Bringing ARC to Chicago

The first building to be built, and one of the anchors of the effort, will be an ARC Innovation Center created by Sheba. The project is expected to create jobs, foster health equity and opportunity and generate important medical innovation not only in Chicago but from across the US.

A Lasting Partnership

The US-Israel partnership is one that has generated tremendous benefits for both countries.

The Covid pandemic brought many lessons, including a renewed focus on health, a deeper understanding of how tightly knit the planet is biologically, and most important, the value and impact of health communication, cooperation and partnership.

Interested in receiving treatment from Sheba Medical Center?

Sheba Medical Center’s Medical Tourism Division provides world class medicine with a personal touch to patients from across the globe. These patients receive the same attentive care and advanced therapies that are available to domestic patients through Sheba’s many clinics and acute care facilities.

Israel is a highly popular medical tourism destination. Each year our Medical Tourism Division treats thousands of patients hailing from around the world, including from Russia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the United States, and Nigeria. At Sheba Medical Center, everyone is welcome!

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As Sheba continues to be there for the health of Israel and Israelis, Sheba’s lessons and talents will be there for America and Americans.

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