Sackler School of Medicine Celebrates 50 Years of Impact

For the past half a century, TAU’s Sackler School of Medicine has played a major role in shaping Israeli medicine and health
29 July 2014
From left: Dean of Medicine Yoseph Mekori, Dr. Boaz Lev, Deputy CEO of the Ministry of Health; Prof. Danny Oppenheim, former Director of the Rabin Medical Center and Dr. Ephraim Sneh, former Minister of Health.

With its outstanding quality of medical training, highly successful alumni and world-reputed faculty members, the TAU Sackler School of Medicine has much to be proud of. This pride was shared by some 1,500 alumni and students at a special event celebrating the School’s Jubilee held on the TAU campus.


The Sackler School, with over 4,000 graduates, is the only medical school in the world to offer three teaching tracks simultaneously: the full six-year medical track, a four-year MD track for graduates in life sciences, and the New York State/American Program for training North American doctors.

The iconic Sackler Faculty of Medicine building - one of Israel's most famous examples of Brutalist architecture. 


The Jubilee event included class reunions, a reception, a formal ceremony and artistic performances. Among the attendees were alumni who hold or who have held senior positions in the Israel medical world, including past and present directors of major medical centers throughout the country.  


The event was moderated by Dean of Medicine Yoseph Mekori, who remarked that the School “has become a leading medical school locally and internationally, both in research and in the implementation of innovative teaching and educational approaches.”


Prof. Mekori read out a letter from the School’s benefactor, Dr. Raymond Sackler, in which Dr. Sackler praised the School’s achievements, including the number and quality of its graduates, its distinguished faculty and the thousands of patients who have benefited from the care and treatment by its graduates and affiliated hospitals.


From left: TAU President Joseph Klafter, Mrs. Beverly Sackler, Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN Ron Prosor, and Dr. Raymond R. Sackler, at a special UN event honoring the Sacklers' lifetime contribution to higher education and the State of Israel. 


Dr. Sackler noted the success of the School’s New York State-American Program, which he established 40 years ago to expand the School’s international reach and extend its benefits to those outside Israel. “The Program has achieved success beyond our dreams and is ranked on a par with the finest North American medical schools,” he said, adding that his family’s continuing support for the School and the New York State/American Program arose out of “our deep affection and unwavering support of the State of Israel, its citizens and their consistent and generous humanitarian efforts for the benefit of all mankind.”


Greetings were also given by Chairman of the Alumni Association Dr. Chaim Perluk, Head of Mediton Holdings. The artistic portion of the ceremony featured short movies on the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, sketches depicting the life of a medical student and a musical performance by well-known Israeli artist Danny Sanderson and his band. 


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