As part of the Princess of Thailand's royal visit to the State of Israel, she expressed great interest in visiting Hadassah Hospital to get to know first-hand technological developments and innovative and advanced treatments in the field of cancer.
During the visit, which became a large-scale event and aroused great international interest, the Princess was accompanied by Prof. Yoram Weiss, Director General of Hadassah Medical Organization; Prof. Eyal Mishani, Director of the Research and Development Division at Hadassah; Prof. Dina Ben Yehuda, Dean of the Hebrew University – Hadassah Faculty of Medicine and Director of the Hematology Division at Hadassah, and Suzanne Patt Benvenisti, Executive Director of Hadassah’s Offices in Israel, representing Hadassah the Women's Zionist Organization of America, the largest Jewish membership organization in the world and the founder of the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.
The Princess, who holds a PhD in biochemistry, is known as one to whom science is close to her heart and is deeply involved in advancing science in her country. In light of her interest in the field of oncology, she received an in-depth view of the areas of activity in leading therapies and advanced research in aspects of cancer by world-renowned experts from Hadassah Medical Center: Prof. Aharon Popovitzer, Director of the Sharett Institute of Oncology, Prof. Michal Lotem, Head of the Center for Immunotherapy in Melanoma and Cancer, in the Department of Oncology, Prof. Rifaat Safadi, Director of the Liver Unit, Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, and Prof. Eli Pikarsky, Director of the Department of Pathology at Hadassah.
At the Princess's request, the entourage visited the operating rooms at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, located four floors underground - so that they can continue to function in times of emergency. There was a presentation of advanced technologies in surgery, including sophisticated navigation systems and robotics used by the teams in the operating rooms.
Hadassah Director General, Prof. Yoram Weiss: "Such a unique visit to Hadassah emphasizes that our medical center is world-renowned, its reputation acquired through the hard work of brilliant minds and the use of advanced technologies. The Princess's choice to deepen her relationship with Hadassah reflects the symbol of excellence engraved on her banner, certainly in the field of cancer medicine, where we are in a great place from a national and international perspective."
As is customary in official meetings, which cross cultures and continents, the Princess presented the hospitals' Director General, Prof. Yoram Weiss, with a gift on behalf of her country and received recognition books describing the history and development of the Hadassah Medical Center over 110 years, as well as the development of the world's largest Zionist women's organization – the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America. They were presented to her by the Director of the Research and Development Division at Hadassah, Prof. Eyal Mishani.