Prof. Orna Tal, MD, MHA

Head of the Center

Academic degrees

Doctor of Medicine, Medical Health Administration Specialist, and Dermatology Specialist.

Current position:

Deputy Director of Shamir (Assaf Harofeh)  Medical Center, as well as Director of the medical administration department, head of safety and quality array, and head of hospital accreditation array.

Director of the School for Quality, Patient Safety, Accreditation, and Excellence, at Shamir (Assaf Harofeh) Medical Center.

Israel representative in EuroScan, for horizon scanning of health innovations.

Lecturer at Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, and Israel Academic College.

Senior Researcher, Gertner Institute, and Tel Aviv University.

Previous positions:

Director of the Division for Medical Technology Policy, Ministry of Health (2003-2012), leading the mechanism of expanding and funding for the National List of Health Services (including assessment of medical devices and pharmaceuticals).

Medical assistant of the General Director of the Ministry of Health (2000-2001).

Assistant of General Director of Sheba Medical Center. Physician, Sheba Medical Center (1983-1997)

Lieutenant Colonel, Israel Defense Forces, Medical Corps, Head of Medical Classification Branch (1997-1999).


 Yaron Connelly

Senior Researcher

As a social researcher in the fields of health policy and sociology of health and medicine, Yaron is accountable for the intersection between academic knowledge and the everyday healthcare ecosystem. Yaron analyzes the inputs which the center receives from the forum members and coordinates the potential future research directions, updating the research methods that would be relevant to the center's ongoing work.

Along with broad research experience in discourse analysis, Yaron works in partnership with many professionals in the healthcare system and serves as a consultant on policy planning and design processes.

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