Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa
Department of Thoracic Surgery (302872)
Specialized in: thoracic surgery
About the department
The Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa offers all the options of modern medicine for the diagnostics and surgical treatment of thoracic diseases. The department's specialists mostly have to deal with operations on the esophagus, lungs, interventions to remove thoracic tumors, as well as with the treatment of injuries to the lungs and mediastinal organs. The surgeons have a perfect command of the modern surgical techniques, so they successfully perform even extremely complex interventions. The department is the largest and leading medical facility of this kind nationwide. The Chief Physician of the department is Dr. med. Ran Kremer.
The department annually performs about 500 operations, both open and minimally invasive. The department specializes in minimally invasive surgery on the thoracic organs. Most of these operations are performed using the very latest technology – video-assisted thoracoscopy, which eliminates the need for a classic open access.
In addition, the department carries out about 300 invasive x-ray- and CT-guided diagnostic procedures every year. The diagnostic spectrum also covers bronchoscopy, esophagoscopy, thoracoscopy, mediastinoscopy, fine-needle aspiration puncture biopsy and other tests.
The department's medical staff is constantly striving for excellence in the field of patient care, which is manifested in the high professionalism and emotional support of the patient and his family during hospitalization and follow-up monitoring. All employees of the department work fruitfully for the benefit of patients and are proud of their awards for excellent medical care from the management of the hospital, the Ministry of Health and the President of Israel.
The department's range of medical services includes:
- Diagnostics and treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax
- Diagnostics and treatment of dysphagia
- Surgical interventions to eliminate the causes of swallowing disorders
- Radiation therapy for detected neoplasms
- Endoscopic treatments
- Implantation of self-expanding stents for the restoration of esophageal patency
- Diagnostics and treatment of small cell and non-small cell lung cancer
- Pneumonectomy (total removal of the lung)
- Lobectomy (removal of the lobe of the lung)
- Segmentectomy (removal of a portion of the lobe of the lung)
- Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
- Stereotactic surgery (CyberKnife system)
- Palliative care
- Diagnostics and treatment of other diseases, other surgical techniques
Dr. Ran Kremer is the Chief Physician of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa.
Dr. Kremer graduated with honors from the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). He completed his training in General Thoracic Surgery at Rambam, and was a Fellow of the Lung Transplant Program at the Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada. He introduced advanced Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) in Israel, which made him one of the leading surgeons in the country.
Dr. Kremer is a Clinical Lecturer at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and received the Best Lecturer of the Year Award. He also serves as the Chairman of the Morbidity and Mortality Committee at the Rambam’s Department of Surgery.
Dr. Kremer is a Member of the Israel Society of General Thoracic Surgery and a Board Member of the Scientific Council of the Israeli Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
His special interests include esophageal surgery and thoracic oncology. He is also involved in the active management of thoracic trauma patients.
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