Doctor Muriel HAIM

Muriel was born in Paris. Working as a general practitioner in Garges-les-Gonesses, in the suburbs of Paris, she co-founded a nursery school GAMENOU and then left for Israel, where she co-created a centre destined for young pre-delinquants with the cooperation of the Beit Ham Jerusalem Town Hall.

She worked in geriatrics for a while, then returned to France to join the pharmaceutical industry (SANOFI).  She then accepted a position in the United States as Vice President, Outcome Research Worldwide for MERCK AND CO.

In 2005, together with a group of French doctors, she met Professor Rein, Head of the Pediatric Cardiology Department at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.

She decided to create A HEART FOR PEACE, an organization under French Law.

Muriel has a son, Samuel.




Professor Eldad Erez was born in Israel in 1962.


He studied medicine at the Technion Medical School in Haifa.

In 1993, after working for two years in the cardiology emergency room, he moved into cardiothoracic surgery at the Rabin Medical

Centre, Petah-Tikva.

He then went to the United States for 3 years to work at the Emory University School of Medicine affiliated hospital in AtlantaGeorgia.


Upon his return to Israel, he became Director of the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Unit in the Schneider Children’s Medical Centre in Tel Aviv.

He went back to the United States, this time for 6 years, as Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Cook Children’s Medical Centre in Fort Worth, Texas.


In 2011, he returned to Israel as director of congenital heart surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Hadassah hospital.


Eldad is married and has 4 children.





Born in Strasbourg, Jacques grew up in Belgium before making his Aliyah in 1982.


Today, he lives in a moshav in Nessarim.

After studying medicine in Jerusalem, Jacques specialized in intensive care at Hadassah hospital, a specialist training he completed in Toronto.


Today, he is director of the Intensive Care Unit at Hadassah hospital. He watches over the children who have just been operated on and reassures the anxious families.

Small rooms next to the intensive care unit make it possible for mothers to be with their children around the clock.



A HEART FOR PEACE, a French organization created ten years ago by Doctor Muriel Haïm, saves Palestinian children suffering from heart disease and brings together Israelis and Palestinians via initiatives in the realms of health and education.


A HEART FOR PEACE was born out of a realization : Palestinian children suffering from congenital heart malformations need to be operated on and there is no pediatric surgery available in Palestine.


A HEART FOR PEACE was created to organize and totally finance a programme ranging from preventative care to the treatment of children.


Ten years on, Peace has not yet been achieved, but these children are the living proof that cooperation does exist between Israeli and Palestinian doctors in Jerusalem and the West Bank.


This cooperation continues to surprise the numerous visitors, both politicians and journalists, who come to discover PEACE in Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem.


Dalia Bassa is responsible for the coordination between the Israeli Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian Authority.

Dalia organizes the transfer of the children with their families from Gaza and the West Bank. It is thanks to Dalia that all the children arrive on a regular basis to be cared for in Hadassah. Dalia is also responsible for the 190 doctors being trained in Israeli hospitals, 60 of whom are at Hadassah.



Maya has been Professor Rein's assistant since 2009.

Trilingual in Hebrew, English and Arabic, she is the perfect interlocuter for the families.


She also deals with the dialogue goups between the Israeli and Palestinian mothers.

Maya has two daughters aged 9 and 14.

Alaa Basheer Darwish

Alaa Basheer Darwish, born in 1984.

Languages: Arabic, English, Hebrew


Alaa has a B.Sc. Degree in Biology and Biotechnology Arab American University, Jenin, West Bank, 2006), a M.Sc.Degree in Public Health (An-Najah National University, Nablus, West Bank, 2009), a M.Sc. Honors Degree in Molecular Biotechnology (Polytechnic and Bethlehem University, 2014).


2006-2012, Alaa worked in genetics laboratories in the West Bank. 2012-2015, taught biology and molecular biology part-time at Hebron University. Is currently working at Hadassah Ein Kerem in the Pediatric Cardio-Genetics Department on a project funded by A HEART FOR PEACE.  


Brief Report: Hebron - Hadassah Cardio Genetics Project


I started working on the cardio genetics project one year ago, focusing on congenital heart defects among Palestinian children. My major role is to provide genetics counselling for the families with congenital heart disease, as well as to investigate the underlying genetic mutations involved in the development of certain heart defects.

Congenital heart defects are a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality among Palestinians. There is limited data available in this field and it is important to study the epidemiology, as well as to investigate the molecular basis for familial heart defects among the Palestinian population, in order to provide proof of pathogenicity of gene defects. This will play a significant role in controlling the incidence of the defect and open the way for pre-marital, pre-implantation or prenatal diagnosis, which will help in the prevention of congenital heart defects.


During my work, I meet the parents of infants and children with heart defects and collect essential data, analyse the family pedigree, identify the inheritance pattern, meet other family members if necessary and collect their blood and then move on to advanced genetics testing.


After we get the results, I meet with the family again to provide comprehensive genetics counselling, trying to answer the questions they usually ask: What will happen to my child (outcome)? Why did this happen (causation)? And will it happen again (risk)?


Dr. Asaf Ta-Shma, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Zahira and I work together as a team. We focus mainly on preventing and reducing the risks of such defects, as well as on promoting health among families with congenital heart defects.


Together, we take the findings from basic research and clinical studies and translate them into meaningful information for the population.





Sagui was born in Kibbutz Niram. After spending a long time first at the Tel Aviv medical faculty, then specializing in pediatrics at Kaplan Hospital and later in cardio-pediatrics at Hadassah hospital, he went to Cincinnati for a year to learn interventional cardiology.

Sagui returned to Hadassah hospital in 2008 as head of catheterizations.

His wife Orna is a professor. Their son Tom is 


In 2010, Sagui and his family went back to live in Kibbutz Niram.



Since 2018, Head of the Pediatric Cardiology Department at Hadassah.




Born in Hebron in 1977, Ibrahim went to study medicine in Russia, did his internship at the Al-Makassed Hospital, then spent a year and a half at the Holy Family hospital in Bethlehem.

He then went to France, where he spent 6 years to study pediatrics and neonatology at the Saint Vincent de Paul and Necker hospitals and at the Pediatrician Institute in Paris.

After graduating with a Ph.D in neonatology, he returned to Bethlehem as director of neonatology.


For the past year, Ibrahim has been training in echocardiography and catheterization at Hadassah hospital.


He was married in August, 2013 and recently opened his clinic with the support of A HEART FOR PEACE.

Professor REIN

Born on May 25th, 1950, in Paris, Professor Jean-Jacques Rein made his Aliyah in 1968 and spent a year in a Yeshiva before doing his military service.

A medical graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he specialized in cardiology and pediatrics.

He went to the United States to specialize in pediatrics at Harvard.

Meanwhile, Jean-Jacques got married.  He has 4 children and grandchildren.




Education and Training


1969 -1970: Biology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


1970 -1976: Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Medicine, Jerusalem


1972 -1974: Demonstrator in Histology, Experimental Medicine and Cancer Research, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


1976 -1978: Research Assistant, History of Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


1977 -1978: Internship, Shaare Zedek Hospital, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


1978 -1980: Resident, Department of Cardiology, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem


1980 -1981: Research Fellow, Computer in Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Lariboisiטre Hospital, University of Paris, France


1981 -1983: Resident, Department of Pediatrics, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem


1983 -1984: Research Fellow in Medical Biophysics, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem


1984 -1986: Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology, Harvard University, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA 


Clinical Appointments


1986 -1991: Staff Pediatric Cardiologist, Department of Cardiology, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem


1987 -1991: Consultant in Pediatric Cardiology, Hadassah University Hospital-Mount Scopus; Hebrew University, Jerusalem 


1989: Tenure Appointment, Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Cardiology, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem


1991 -1992: Staff Pediatric Cardiologist and Research, Non- Invasive Laboratory, Children's Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA (Sabbatical)


1992 - Present: Staff Pediatric Cardiologist, Department of Cardiology, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem 


1997 - Present: Appointed Director of Pediatric Cardiology Program, Scientific Council, Israel Medical Association. 


1999 -2000: Visiting Professor, Children's Hospital, Associate in Cardiology,HarvardUniversity,Boston,MA(Sabbatical)


Licensure and Certification


1967: High School Graduation,Paris,France


1980:M.D.Hadassah-HebrewSchoolof Medicine,Jerusalem


1980: U.S. Visa Qualifying Examination, Educational Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates, Philadelphia, PA 


1982: Cardiology Board Examination (Part 1, including Pediatrics for Part 1), Israel Medical Scientific Council


1984: Cardiology Board Examination (Part 2), Israel Medical Scientific Council


1993: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Techniques of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem


1994: Board Certification in Pediatric Cardiology


1998 Advanced Cardiac Life Support Techniques of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem


Academic Appointments


1972 -1974: Demonstrator in Histology, Experimental Medicine and Cancer Research, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


1976 -1978: Research Assistant, History of Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


1982: Instructor in Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


1982: Instructor in Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


1983: Lecturer in Medicine, Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem


1988: Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem


1999-2000: Children's Heart Foundation, Boston, MA, Research in fetal and pediatric echocardiography. (Granted O-1 Visa as a "researcher of extraordinary ability in the field of cardiology") 




1992 - Present: American Society of Echocardiography 


1992 - Present: Council of Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, American Heart Association.


1986 - Present: Israel Heart Association


1995 -1997: Israel Heart Association Committee Member, Delegate for Pediatric Cardiology.


1996 - Present: European Society of Cardiology, affiliated through Israel Heart Association


1990 - Present: Jerusalem Cardiology Association


1994 - Present: The Society for Medicine and Law in Israel


1995 - Present: Pediatric Association, Faculty of Medicine, Hadassah-Hebrew School of Medicine, Jerusalem


1996 - Present: Israel Society of Interventional Cardiology.


1997 - Present: Working group in Echocardiography, European Society of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography.


1998 - Present: Working group on myocardial and pericardial disease, Israel Heart Society


1998 - Present: Working group on non-invasive cardiology, delegate of Pediatric Cardiologist, Israel Heart Society 


Other Activities - Past 10 Years


1990: Appointed member, Israel Ministry of Health Commission for establishing criteria for medical care in Pediatric Cardiology outside of Israel


1994: Appointed member, Israel Scientific Council Commission for establishing academic criteria for Pediatric Cardiology


1995: Member, Israel Scientific Council Commission for appointment of academic credit to Pediatric Cardiology Division at Sheba Hospital, Sackler University, Tel-Aviv


2000: Member, Israel Scientific Council Commission for appointment of academic credit to Pediatric Cardiology Division at Soroka Hospital, Beersheva University, Israel


2000: Chairman, Board Examination Committee in Pediatric Cardiology, Israel Scientific Council 


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