Israeli Doctor Appointed Head of European Medical Group
"There is no precedent for the importance of this role in Europe Israeli doctor," says Dr. Leonid Eidelman chairman of the Israel Medical Association, Dr. Goldik election of a president of Carmel.
An Israeli doctor has been elected to be President of the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) on Wednesday, in what medical officials say is a step forward for Israel-EU relations.
The ESA boasts over 18,000 members from 40 EU countries. The President of the prestigious organization is chosen only through a long elections process - which was held in Stockholm, Sweden this year - and is voted on by 44 representatives.
Dr. Zev Goldik, currently the recovery unit director at Haifa's Carmel Hospital, won by a 31-13 vote.
"I felt we were making history," Goldik said. "I hugged two representatives from Israel who were with me when the results were published and together we sang Hatikva [Israel's national anthem]."
Goldik stated that he felt "great pride" to be Israeli, and to represent Israel during both a rise in anti-Israel sentiment in Europe and a rampant economic recession there. He said that the position is a "great honor" and that he has "much appreciation for the level and quality of medical care that I bring with me from Israel."
To date, the highest positions reached by Israeli anesthesiologists in Europe until now were only to be appointed as heads of sub-specialization teams, and to be leaders of different professional groups.
Goldik's win brings together the international community as well.
"When the EU's Facebook page recently posted election results, I got 50 'likes' doctors from Arab countries like Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE," Dr. Goldik reflected. "I have quite a few colleagues - physicians from Arab countries - whom I do not have a [personal] relationship with, but we have excellent professional ties, and I intend to harness these relationships for the good of the State of Israel."