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Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa

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9.8/10 from 16 Votes

Department of Hematology and Hematologic Oncology (302879)

Tsila Zuckerman

Prof. Dr. med.

Tsila Zuckerman

Specialized in: hematology, hematologic oncology

About the department

The Department of Hematology and Hematologic Oncology at the Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa offers the full service range for the diagnostics and treatment of all benign and malignant hematopoietic pathologies. The department has in its arsenal multidisciplinary laboratories and the Blood Bank, which create all the conditions for the successful implementation of comprehensive treatment of blood diseases of varying severity. The department is also the leading Israeli Leukemia Center. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Tsila Zuckerman.

One of the most important focuses of the department is bone marrow transplantation (about 150 transplants annually). The transplantation is carried out within the specialized center, which has 15 beds in ultramodern patient rooms with equipment for intensive care. The specialists of the center have exceptional experience in autologous transplantation (transplantation of the patient's own bone marrow), isogenic transplantation (when the donor is the identical cosmobion of the recipient), allogeneic transplantation (when the donor is another person, for example, a relative or a family member) and haploidentical transplantation (cord blood transfusion and transplantation from a partially compatible donor). All types of transplantation are performed in accordance with the modern international protocols and meet the highest medical standards. In addition, the center provides preparations for transplantation, postoperative care and treatment of posttransplantation complications.

The department also includes the inpatient Section of Hematology, which provides chemotherapy and treatment of both malignant and benign hematological diseases, as well as the outpatient Section of Hematology, which provides consultations, chemotherapy, blood transfusions and other therapeutic procedures.

The Hematology Laboratory of the department was certified according to ISO 9001:2000 standard for its excellent quality of work. In addition, the department has an in-house Stem Cell Laboratory, which is equipped with everything necessary for the processing and cryopreservation of bone marrow and stem cell grafts, therapeutic procedures, immunophenotypic analysis and stem cell cultivation.

It is worth noting that the department's specialists are actively involved in immunological research and the development of antitumor vaccines, research of genetic specificities and treatment of leukemia, the study of the relationship between thrombosis and cancer, vascular complications during pregnancy, as well as the role of cellular organelles in human health and the development of diseases.

The department’s range of medical services includes:

  • Diagnostics and treatment of hematological diseases
    • Inflammatory lesions of the lymph nodes
      • Pain therapy
      • Antibiotic therapy
      • Anti-inflammatory therapy
      • Physiotherapy
    • Thrombosis
      • Drug therapy (Heparin, Coumadin)
    • Hypercoagulation
    • Thrombophilia
    • Thrombocytopenia
      • Corticosteroid therapy
      • Surgical removal of the spleen (splenectomy) in severe immune thrombocytopenia
      • Vitamin B12 and folic acid intake
    • Haemophilia 
      • Drug therapy, for example, drug therapy of blood-coagulation factors
      • Bleeding control and treatment of other manifestations of hemophilia
  • Diagnostics and treatment of oncohematological diseases
    • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
      • Diagnostics
        • Complete blood count
        • Bone marrow biopsy
        • Lumbar puncture (for the detection of leukemia cells in the cerebrospinal fluid)
      • Therapy
        • Chemotherapy in several stages (induction, consolidation, treatment and prevention of neuroleukemia, maintenance therapy)
        • Bone marrow transplantation
    • Acute myeloid leukemia
      • Diagnostics
        • Complete blood count
        • Bone marrow biopsy
        • Lumbar puncture (for the detection of leukemia cells in the cerebrospinal fluid)
        • Additional laboratory tests
      • Therapy
        • Chemotherapy in several stages (induction, consolidation,maintenance therapy)
        • Bone marrow transplantation
    • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
      • Diagnostics
        • Complete blood count
        • Bone marrow biopsy
        • Additional examinations (immunophenotyping, cytogenetic examination, determination of specific antibodies)
      • Therapy
        • Chemotherapy (intake of pills, infusion therapy)
        • Corticosteroid therapy
        • Monoclonal antibody therapy
        • Radiation therapy
    • Hodgkin's lymphoma
      • Diagnostics
        • Laboratory blood tests
        • Chest X-ray
        • Ultrasound scanning
        • Computed tomography (CT)
        • Bone marrow biopsy
        • Positron emission tomography (PET)
        • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
      • Therapy
        • Radiation therapy
        • Chemotherapy
    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
      • Aplastic anemia (the main treatment method is bone marrow transplantation)
        • Fanconi anaemia
        • Dyskeratosis congenita
        • Diamond–Blackfan anemia
        • Shwachman–Diamond syndrome
        • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
    • Multiple myeloma
      • Diagnostics
        • Blood test
        • Urinalysis
        • Bone marrow biopsy
        • Diagnostic imaging techniques (X-ray, CT, MRI and PET)
      • Therapy
        • Targeted therapy
        • Biological therapy
        • Chemotherapy
        • Radiation therapy
        • Corticosteroid therapy
        • Bone marrow transplantation
      • Therapy for myeloma complications
        • Pain therapy (surgery and radiation therapy help to relieve bone pain in myeloma)
        • Dialysis in impaired kidney function
        • Treatment of osteoporosis by means of bisphosphonate therapy
        • Influenza and pneumonia vaccination
        • Intake of drugs to increase the levels of erythrocytes in anemia
  • Other diseases, other diagnostic and treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Tsila Zuckerman is the Chief Physician of the Department of Hematology and Hematologic Oncology at the Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa and Clinical Associate Professor at the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). Her teaching activities include coordination of the course on hematologic oncology for medical students, instruction of the Capsule course and consultation of clinical-year students. Dr. Zuckerman also heads the Leukemia Research Laboratory at the Clinical Research Institute at Rambam (CRIR) and mentors PhD and MSc students.

Prof. Zuckerman received her doctoral degree (with honors) from the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion in Haifa, Israel. She had her residency in Internal Medicine at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa. She went on to complete a three-year clinical and research fellowship in Hematologic Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA, USA). Upon her return to Israel, Dr. Zuckerman joined the Department of Hematology and Hematologic Oncology at the Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa. Since 2006, she has been heading the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, where over 2,500 transplants have been performed to date.

Dr. Zuckerman also serves as coordinator of the Integrative Course in Hematologic Oncology at the Faculty of Medicine of the Technion. She is a co-author of about 20 scientific articles published in the leading international journals in the field of hematology. She is also a presenter at major national and international meetings. Her main research interests are the correlation between hepatitis C virus and development of lymphoma, complications of bone marrow transplantation, including veno-occlusive disease and infections, as well as minimal residual diseases in leukemia patients.

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