ARC Canada is Launched at Ottawa Hospital: Disruptive Innovative Healthcare Concept Conceived in Israel Begins Global Rollout

Dr. Jack Kitts (center), VP for Quality and Innovation, Dr. Alan Forster (left), and Sheba's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Eyal Zimlichman (right).

Dr. Jack Kitts (center), VP for Quality and Innovation, Dr. Alan Forster (left), and Sheba's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Eyal Zimlichman (right).

Sheba Medical Center's cutting-edge ARC Innovation Center (Accelerate, Design, Collaborate), has been "exported" to Ottawa Hospital, the largest medical facility in Canada.

ARC Canada has been in the planning stages since 2018, when the ARC team from Sheba, led by Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Sheba's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, began working closely with the Ottawa Hospital's innovation personnel to provide the knowledge and "DNA" to launch, operate and commercialize the local version of ARC.

ARC Canada highlights the first ARC site outside of Israel with more sites in the planning stages at academic medical centers around the world, as ARC Sheba exports its innovative healthcare technologies on a global scale.

"With a twin site in Ottawa, utilizing the same structure and approach, we intend to seamlessly tackle the same healthcare challenges and rapidly develop solutions that fits every hospital," said Dr. Zimlichman. The main element in ARC network is to be able to share data safely and in compliance to regulations amongst ARC sites. 
We are honored to have Ottawa Hospital as our first ARC partner and hope to expand ARC to more leading hospitals around the globe."

This partnership is foundational to the solving healthcare’s biggest challenges according to Dr. Alan Forster, the Vice President of Innovation and Quality at the Ottawa Hospital. “Using the open innovation philosophy promoted by the team at Sheba Medical Center, we have the opportunity to rapidly transform our health care system to be both more patient-centered and sustainable. For us to succeed, we must not only encourage our staff to develop new approaches but strive to enable adoption of new technologies and approaches from outside of our hospitals and even other industries. This cannot happen rapidly without strong partnerships with hospitals and health systems who are striving towards the same goals.” 

Precision medicine goes global: How collaboration can redesign healthcare

Sharing health information to inform precision medicine initiatives is taking data sharing to a whole new level—and crossing international datelines. 

Spurred on by value-based care payment models and the need to manage populations of patients, payers and providers have become more adept at sharing data within their own systems and with other organizations in their region.

The U.S. government has pushed to improve interoperability and allow for wider dissemination of genomic and other data through programs such as the Precision Medicine Initiative and Sync for Science for good reason: Developing optimal medical treatments and drugs holds great promise for improving population health.

But precision medicine is a data-hungry discipline. And managing all that data—getting accurate and actionable information to the right place at the right time and using it in an appropriate way—is a heavy lift. “That's where the bulk of the effort is going to be on the clinical side,” says Brad Ptasienski, a director in consulting firm West Monroe Partners’ technology practice. “There's going to be big data management and master data issue that arises from all this data [and] getting the data in the right place at the right time will be a challenge.”

Creating a data fabric
Researchers need as much standardized data and as many sample data sets as possible to discover what's possible, he adds. “What kind of insights can they drive? What sets of variables seem to correlate? They're going to be the ones that are trying to figure out just how valuable this information is.” And on the clinical side, applying data-driven “eureka moments” from the research side and applying it in clinical medicine “is going to be the crux of the work effort.”

And data privacy, of course, cuts across everything. Genomic data is “the ultimate PHI … it's everything about you,” Ptasienski says. 

“There's a data fabric that has to get created in the ecosystem,” says Munzoor Shaikh, a director in the healthcare and life sciences practice at West Monroe. “So imagine all these disparate EMRs and systems and labs: That's what exists today. There's no common place for them to talk.” 

A national database might not be the solution, he says, especially as data-sharing spreads across the globe. Rather, he envisions domain-specific data hubs, including one focused on precision medicine. “It’s a bit like blockchain in the sense that not one person owns it,” he says. “It's owned, essentially, by the overall ecosystem.”

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30th Anniversary of the Azrieli Foundation

The Azrieli Foundation proudly supports Canadian Friends of Sheba Medical Center as we partner with Sheba in three very important arenas - research into Fragile X, future training endeavors with the Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR) and the new, innovative cardiovascular tower - Israel's first comprehensive stroke center.


An amazing donor of Sheba, the Azrieli Foundation has been funding institutions as well as operating programs in Israel and Canada since 1989. Driven by a strong belief in the powerful role and responsibility of philanthropy, the foundation empowers and assists tens of thousands of people by supporting a broad range of organizations, facilitating innovative outcomes and increasing knowledge and understanding in the search for practical and novel solutions.

Canadian Friends of Sheba wishes the
Azrieli Foundation a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, and with great respect for the work that their grantees have done, the Azrieli Foundation presents 30 of their stories.


Two Huge Developments


Sheba’s ARC- Accelerates, Redesigns and Collaborates in Canada

ARC Canada was launched by Sheba earlier this month at Ottawa Hospital in the presence of Ottawa Hospital CEO Dr. Jack Kitts and VP for Quality and Innovation Dr. Alan Forster, along with Sheba’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Eyal Zimlichman. 

This is the first ARC Innovation Center site to be established outside of Israel with more sites in the planning stages for leading academic medical centers around the globe. ARC’s strategy accelerates innovative healthcare technologies worldwide.


Forbes Israel Names Talia Golan as One of 50 Most Influential Women in Israel

Forbes Israel’s annual “50 Most Influential Women in Israel” list named Dr. Talia Golan, who heads Sheba’s Pancreatic Cancer Center, as the 27th most influential woman in the country. The prestigious magazine cited Dr. Golan’s headline-making research into a therapeutic regimen known as POLO, which showed promising results in treating deadly pancreatic cancer in patients with the BRCA 1 & 2 mutation.

Dr. Golan has spent the better part of a decade doing research on the impact of this regimen, which uses a new drug from AstraZeneca/Merck known as Lynparza. “My patients always come first. I had known early on that POLO and Lynparza had potential. The results are more than a personal achievement,” said Dr. Golan. “It is privilege to be able to do this research in order to combat this terrible disease and give people real hope for the first time.”


Canadian Friends of Sheba Welcomes Dr. Eyal Zimlichman

David Chernitzky, Dr. Tomer Erlich, Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Einat Enbar and Rhonda Pomerantz

David Chernitzky, Dr. Tomer Erlich, Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Einat Enbar and Rhonda Pomerantz

Canadian Friends of Sheba Medical Center hosted an intimate dinner for a select number of donors, board members and community members at The Grand Hotel in Toronto, featuring a keynote presentation by Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Deputy Director General, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Sheba Medical Center.

Dr. Zimlichman spoke about Sheba’s ARC Innovation Center, a new paradigm which aims to accelerate innovation by redesigning healthcare and collaborating with key stakeholders. Earlier that day, Dr. Zimlichman held several meetings with local hospitals to explore opportunities for further collaboration.

Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer Director General Prof. Yitshak Kreiss to Attend the White House’s Peace and Economic Summit in Bahrain

Foreign Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Mohammed Al Khalifa, NY Rabbi Marc Schneier and Prof. Kreiss.jpg

Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, Director General of Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Middle East, is traveling to Bahrain to participate in the upcoming “peace through prosperity” economic summit. Sheba has been recognized for treating patients from across the region indiscriminately and spreading prosperity through medicine.

Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, Director General of Israel’s Sheba Medical Center Tel HaShomer, will attend the upcoming summit in Bahrain to discuss economic prospects for the Palestinian people as part of a first step in a potential Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

“I am both privileged and honored to have been personally invited by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Mr. Steven Mnuchin to the Peace and Prosperity Workshop in Bahrain,” said Prof. Kreiss.

As the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Middle East, Sheba Medical Center treats patients from Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and the entire region indiscriminately. The hospital is a hub for research and innovation, providing cutting-edge care to those across the Middle East and the globe. Sheba was recently named by Newsweek magazine as one of the Top 10 Hospitals in the World. In 2018, for his strong leadership skills and his role in transforming Sheba into Israel’s “City of Health,” Prof. Kreiss was named the 5th most influential person in Israel by Israeli newspaper TheMarker.

Prof. Kreiss added: “Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital facility of its kind, has acted as a 'bridge to peace' to nations in the Middle East region, many of whom who have no diplomatic relations with Israel. Sheba's Israeli Jewish and Arab Moslem and Christian doctors are working side-by-side, providing innovative, critical medical care to thousands of Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank. Sheba has also saved the lives of Syrians who were severely injured during the recent civil war, as well as Kurdish Iraqi children in desperate need of heart operations. Medical innovation acts as an engine of growth and an economic bridge to prosperity and healthier lives for everyone.”

About Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer 
Born together with Israel in 1948, Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East. Sheba is the only medical center in Israel that combines an acute care hospital and a rehabilitation hospital on one campus, and it is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, research and education. As a university teaching hospital affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, it welcomes people from all over the world indiscriminately. In 2019, Newsweek magazine named Sheba one of the top ten hospitals in the world. To learn more, visit: 

Divas of Sheba: Inaugural Women's Mission to Israel


During the inaugural “Divas of Sheba” Women’s Mission to Israel, 21 participants were granted coveted and direct access to some of Sheba’s top physicians and researchers, both personal settings and in respected lecture halls.

Sheba doctors shared the latest advances in cardiology, cancer treatments, fertility, mental health, gastroenterology, neonatology, neuroscience, gynecology, oncology, nutrition, endocrinology, oncology immunology therapy, urology, hydrotherapy and beyond, and participants had the unique opportunity to ask any and all questions.

Off Sheba's campus, the Divas of Sheba socialized with the female physicians who traveled with the group through the grottoes of Rosh HaNikra, the alleyways of Neve Tzedek, a Druze village, kibbutz tours and the Carmel market. Together with more than 1,100 other Sheba supporters, the mission participants celebrated Sheba’s recognition by Newsweek at a beautiful garden gala. And at the conclusion of the trip, the Divas of Sheba returned home as knowledgeable and passionate ambassadors of Sheba’s visionary achievements and plans for the future.




Dr. Yitshak Kreiss, director general of the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, was in Toronto recently to collaborate on medical innovation with Canadian institutions. The CJN spoke with him just five days after Newsweek named Sheba Medical Center one of the 10 best hospitals in the world.

What is the Sheba Medical Center?

Sheba Medical Center is the biggest hospital in Israel and in the Middle East. It’s about a 2,000-bed hospital, which has in one campus acute care, a general hospital, a pediatric hospital, an obstetrics and gynecology centre, a cardiology centre, an oncology centre, a rehabilitation hospital, even post-acute care facilities. It’s an excellent medical centre that invests a lot of effort in not only providing medicine in Israel, but also to the region and internationally. It puts a lot of emphasis on research technology and innovation, and it is also a hospital of peace that sees its role as treating patients from all over the world, from all over Israel – Muslims, Christians, Jews – anywhere. Just to show the magnitude of Sheba, we care for 1.6 million people a year.

What did you do before joining Sheba?

I dedicated all my life to saving soldiers in the battlefield and providing medical care to humanitarian missions and disaster areas. I was in the IDF for 25 years, ascending from a battalion surgeon to surgeon general of the IDF. Three weeks after I retired from the army, which was three years ago, I chose to join Sheba and took over as CEO.

What is the innovation network project?

Sheba Medical Center has long invested in and understood that innovation and research is part of being an excellent medical institution. So for the last 10, 15, 20 years we invested a lot in innovation. But two years ago we understood that the world has changed, and we created a new concept of medical innovation at Sheba, which is an integration of four levels of operation. One is to try to generate a place for the infrastructure for inventions and patents within Sheba. So we now encourage a lot of inventors. We have 1,600 physicians and 500 researchers. We encourage them to come up with ideas, we give them grants, we give them 10, 12 months to come up with proof of concept. After one year, if they have the proof of concept, we can move forward.

That’s something inside Sheba, to try to generate many, many ideas that will eventually evolve to a concept and then to a company. But that wasn’t enough. We needed to bring startups from outside. In Israel, a lot of young people who are not from the medical environment have good ideas, and they want to create startups and generate innovation, but they lack three main things: patients, data and the wisdom of the physicians. So we created a hub for them and we attracted them to Sheba. We gave them the data, patients and sharing with the physicians, and they came in. So far, 40 startups have joined our medical innovation centre and we are growing very, very quickly because they find it very easy to work inside Sheba.

The third level we wanted to create, or to integrate, is the big industries, so we approached the big players in the industry and we signed contracts to bring them into the innovation centre.

And the fourth level we needed is international collaborators. We understood we should create a network, not only work on artificial intelligence ourselves, but if we can share with other institutions, like in Canada, we should do it. So we are signing memoranda of understanding with the leading medical institutions in North America and in Europe to make a network of innovation. We concentrate a lot on big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning and telemedicine, because we believe that the next revolution in redesigning health care will come up from those tools.

At Sheba, we also understand that the way we do medicine today should be changed. Ten years from now, we will no longer be able to provide the patients the quality, the level of care that we want if we continue to work this way. So we are trying to transform Sheba, and we are going through a transformation to become the city of health. We are a hospital today – in Hebrew, it’s called a house for the sick – and now we are transforming Sheba into a city of health. That city of health will not only be concentrated on treating the patient when he’s sick. We look on continuity of care from prediction, prevention, cure and rehabilitation. We will go through a digital transformation.

What we want to happen is that we will eliminate the barriers and the borders of a hospital. Who said the hospital should care for only those who live around it? Maybe hospitals in the next 10 years can be places that generate knowledge and know-how and care for a lot of patients that are around and inside it, and the digital transformation will help us do it. So this is our vision today.

Have you created any inventions from the new innovation process?

We already sold a company nine years ago that created a new heart valve. We sold a company that created biological glue. We sold a medication for cancer. We are now working on a new artificial intelligence imaging company that we believe can predict and diagnose stroke with a computer algorithm. We have new medications in the area of neuroscience, like multiple sclerosis. We have a new microvalve that’s being developed to be a substitute for operations on the mitral valve in the heart. If it succeeds, it can be put in with cauterization instead of surgery. So that’s a huge step forward. And there are many, many others.

What humanitarian work do you do?

At Sheba, we see our role in the world not only to treat our patients, but as I said, we see a role in tikun olam, in extending a hand to anyone in need that we can help. So we work humanitarian response in disaster areas all over the world. We work in Nigeria, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, and we recently launched a delegation to Mozambique because there was a cyclone disaster there. We put a lot of emphasis on that.

We also treat people from the region, from Syria, from the Palestinian Authority, from places Israel doesn’t have formal relations with, because we see it as our role, our privilege to provide medicine with no borders. Because medicine is a true bridge between peoples, cultures, languages, and it’s not political. So we are privileged to do it. And we believe that we put the seeds for peace by medicine through medicine.

Canada Israel Business Forum

Business leaders and politicians from Canada and Israel convened for the launch of the Canada Israel Business Forum in Toronto. Israeli President Reuven Rivlinand representatives from Sheba Medical Center, including Director of the Olga and Lev Leviev Heart Center at Sheba Medical Center and board members from Canadian Friends of Sheba, detailed the mutual economic benefits shared by the two countries through a strong Canadian-Israeli relationship.

Dr. Strauss, Prof Segev, and Einat Enbar

Dr. Strauss, Prof Segev, and Einat Enbar

VIP Reception with Sheba Director General Prof. Kreiss


Canadian Friends of Sheba Medical Center hosted a VIP reception at the home of Drs. Daryl Roitman and Rosalie Steinberg for local philanthropists, featuring Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer Director General Prof. Yitshak Kreiss. Prof. Kreiss spoke about the important role Sheba Medical Center plays in the world and the latest innovations under development at Israel’s national hospital.

Newsweek Names Israel's Sheba Medical Center One of World's 10 Best Hospitals


Newsweek magazine named Israel’s Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer as one of the top 10 best hospitals in the world.

Sheba was placed 10th on the list that includes the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Singapore General Hospital and Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland.

The magazine partnered with Statista Inc., a global market research and consumer data company, to develop the list, which was published on Wednesday.

The magazine called Sheba “a leader in medical science and biotechnical innovation, both in the Middle East and worldwide. The center’s collaborations with international parties have advanced innovative medical practices, hospital systems and biotechnology.”

Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer was founded in 1948 and is affiliated with Tel Aviv University. It serves over 1 million patients per year.

Source: The Canadian Jewish News

Sunnybrook-Chaim Sheba Partnership

Dr. Bernard Goldman (Dr. Goldman founded the division of cardiac and vascular surgery at Sunnybrook), Dr. Ehud Regev, Dr. Bradley Strauss, Einat Enbar

Dr. Bernard Goldman (Dr. Goldman founded the division of cardiac and vascular surgery at Sunnybrook), Dr. Ehud Regev, Dr. Bradley Strauss, Einat Enbar

On February 26, Sunnybrook Foundation hosted a celebratory breakfast in honour of the Sunnybrook-Chaim Sheba partnership. This event provided donors and interested prospects with the opportunity to meet Dr. Ehud Regev, a visiting fellow from the Sheba Medical Centre in Israel. Dr. Regev and Dr. Bradley Strauss, Chief of Sunnybrook’s Schulich Heart Centre, spoke to guests about the importance of this collaboration between Canada and Israel, and the impact it will have on advancing the understanding and treatment of heart disease. A good and informative time was had by all!



From a health-care perspective, a disaster is any event that exceeds a local community’s ability to meet the demand for medical attention. Israeli doctor Elhanan Bar-On is often one of the people who comes to help meet that demand.

Bar-On is an orthopaedic surgeon and the director of the Israel Centre for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response, which is part of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital in the Middle East.

Bar-On was in Toronto from Oct. 21 to 23, to give a medical presentation to faculty at North York General Hospital and two talks, including one at Adath Israel Congregation on Oct. 21 about his experience providing medical care around the globe.

Before starting work at the Sheba Center last July, Bar-On was the head of pediatric orthopaedics at Schneider Children’s Hospital, the largest children’s hospital in Israel. He has also worked on humanitarian medical teams with the IDF, including serving as head of the orthopaedic department for the IDF’s field hospital in Haiti, following the 2010 earthquake. He has learned a great deal treating patients all over the world.


Top Israeli Humanitarian Medical Expert to Speak at Toronto’s Adath Israel Congregation


Professor Elhanan Bar-On, Director of the Israel Center for Disaster Medicine and Humanitarian Response at Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer in Israel, will speak at Adath Israel Congregation in Toronto on Sunday, October 21. Bar-On will discuss how teams of experts from Sheba are helping Israel save lives around the world in response to humanitarian emergencies.