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.