MORIAH_ELLEN.JPG ​Prof. Moriah Ellen 

My research focuses on health systems and policy, knowledge transfer and exchange, the unnecessary use of health care services, and aging. I am primarily engaged in research that builds infrastructure and support for evidence-informed health policy at the organizational and governmental level. In recent years I have researched barriers and facilitators related to evidence-informed policymaking, health system initiatives to reduce the unnecessary overuse of tests, procedures, and treatments, perceptions surrounding antimicrobial resistance within the public and health care providers, and continuity of care among the elderly.

Contact: ellenmo@bgu.ac.il

המחקר שלי מתמקד במערכות בריאות ומדיניות בריאות, החלפת והפצת ידע (knowledge transfer and exchange), שימוש יתר​​ בשירותי בריאות, והזדקנות. אני עוסקת בעיקר במחקר הבונה תשתיות ותמיכה למדיניות בריאות מבוססת ראיות ברמה ארגונית וממשלתית. בשנים האחרונות אני חוקרת חסמים וגורמים המאפשרים Evidence Informed Policymaking, יוזמות של מערכות בריאות להורדת שימוש יתר בבדיקות, הליכים וטיפולים שנמצאו כלא נחוצים, ניתוח התפיסות סביב עמידות לאנטיביוטיקה בקרב הציבור הרחב ועובדים במקצועות הבריאות, ורצף טיפול אצל קשישים.

יצירת קשרellenmo@bgu.ac.il

Yuval Bitan.jpgDr. Yuval Bitan

Yuval Bitan (Ph.D.) is a research scientist and a Human Factors engineer, specialized in ways to improve patient safety through the implementation of Human-System Integration principles in the healthcare complex working environment.  

Yuval was a Research Associate at the Cognitive Technologies Laboratory (University of Chicago, Illinois), HumanEra (University Health Network, Toronto, Canada), and at the University of Toronto. He holds a Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, Israel, where he teaches in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and leads the Human Systems Integration in Healthcare Research Lab, and the Research Center for Simulation in Healthcare – SimReC.

Contact: ybitan​@bgu.ac.il


Odeya Cohen pic.jpgDr. Odeya Cohen

Odeya Cohen RN, MEM, PhD is a lecturer in the Nursing Department.  An expert in the field of emergency preparedness and response. In her research, she studied community resilience, resilience management, and older adults in times of crisis. She has collaborated with international experts and various multi-disciplinary research to advance rigorous research in order to reveal factors that may assist individuals, communities, and organizations to better cope with crises.

Among her current interests: capacity building of healthcare professionals during emergencies; Remote education in the context of emergencies, cultural competencies of HCPs during emergencies, natural disasters epidemiology, and the resilience of healthcare professionals in the light of COVID-19 pandemic.​​​​​​

Contact: odeyac@bgu.ac.il​

Prof. Nadav Davidovitch 

Nadav Davidovitch, MD, MPH, PhD is an epidemiologist and public health physician. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Guilford-Glaser Faculty of Business and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and currently serves as Director of the university's School of Public Health. He teaches on health policy, public health, health promotion, the Israeli healthcare system, public health ethics, and global health. Prof. Davidovitch served as Head, Epidemiology Section, Army Health Branch (2003- 2005) and as Public Health Officer at the Central District, Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Israel (2007-2008). He was a Fulbright visiting professor at Department of Sociomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, Columbia University (2005-2006) and a visiting professor at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois – Chicago (2008 and 2012). His current research deals with health policy; health inequities; health and immigration; vaccination policy; environmental health, global health and public health history and ethics. Prof. Davidovitch serves on several international and national committees, among them: Governing Board, European Public Health Association; Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) COVID-19 Task Force; Israel advisory committee for COVID-19. He authored or co-authored over 160 papers and book chapters, coedited six volumes and books and published his work in leading medical and health policy journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Journal of Pediatrics, Vaccine, Social Science and Medicine, and Law & Contemporary Problems.

Contact: nadavd@​bgu.ac.il

Dani Filc pic.jpgProf. Dani Filc​

Dani Filc, MD, PhD. is a Professor at the Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University. Among his fields of research, Israeli politics, populism and the health care system. Among his publications the books Hegemony and Populism in IsraelCircles of Exclusion: The Politics of Health-Care in Israel and The Political Right in Israel: The Many Faces of Israeli Populism.

Contact: dfilc@bgu.ac.il

Avishay Goldberg pic.jpgProf. Avishay Goldberg

Prof. Avishay Goldberg, a staff member of Health Policy and Management Department and until 2010 of Emergency Medicine Department, graduated PhD Health Systems Management at Ben Gurion University and a graduate degree in Public Health at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, U.S.A. Maryland. Prof. Goldberg has a master's degree in research in the field history from Tel Aviv University

Served in the IDF Medical Corps, his last two positions were the commander of the Military Medical Academy and Deputy surgeon general for administration. In 2000, retired from the Medical Corps as a Colonel.

With his retirement, he was appointed as the head of the department of Emergency Medicine at the Leon and Mathilda Recanati School for Community Health Professions. Prof. Goldberg promoted the department of E.M to class leader in the State of Israel and won international recognition in its field. In 2003 he was appointed head of the Leon and Mathilda Recanati School for Community Health Professions and preformed significant academic and managerial Reforms.

2008 - 2011 Prof. Goldberg has been the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and  Head of Faculty Curriculum Committee.   

Prof. Goldberg, a member of the National Council for Logistics in Health Care, in the Israel Ministry of Health and head of the Scientific Council's Committee, member of national committees to promote emergency preparedness in Health systems, initiated many programs in medical management of the health professions, a member of numerous university committees, member of the Senate and of the Executive Committee. Prof. Goldberg published dozens of articles in Health Care Policy & Management and in Disaster Management in leading Scientific Journals. Supervised many research students and raised funds research. Prof' Goldberg Awarded as Best Lecturer.

Between the years, 2010-2018, Prof. Goldberg served as Deputy Rector of the University. In 2018 he was elected to serve on the scientific committee of the Israel Institute of Advanced Studies, and in 2019 he was elected chairman of the board of directors of the National National Institute for Testing and Evaluation. As of 2019, Prof. Goldberg has been the Head of the Health Policy and Management Department.

Conta​ct: avishy@bgu.ac.il​

tehila pic.jpgDr. Tehila Kalagy

Tehila Kalagy, PhD is a faculty member in the Department of Management and Public Policy, at the Gilford-Glazer Faculty of Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Her professional areas of practice include research, consulting, teaching, membership in academic committees and public committees. Her main specialization focuses on the study of minority policy, with an emphasis on ultra-Orthodox and Arab society in Israel, in the areas of integration in education and employment, individual well-being, intercultural management and public health.

Tehila served as the director of the Haredi College in Jerusalem and was a partner in the opening of dedicated academic programs for Haredi society. In light of her research and professional experience, Tehila is considered an expert in the field of planning research and higher education policy for minority groups and their optimal integration in the economy.

As a researcher in academia, she has won research grants from various competitive foundations, and her research has been published in leading academic journals in the fields of public policy, sociology and economics.​​

Contact: ​kalagy@bgu.ac.il

Maya Leventer-Roberts.jpgDr. Maya Leventer-Roberts

Dr. Maya Leventer-Roberts is a Pediatrician by training, with a fellowship in Pediatric Environmental Health (both at Mount Sinai), an MPH from Harvard University as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and a second residency in Public Health. Dr. Leventer-Roberts served as Deputy Director with Prof. Ran Balicer at the Clalit Research Institute. During that time, she oversaw the implementation of academic research and the translation of data-driven healthcare policy in Clalit Health Services. She is currently the Senior Director of Medical Strategy at K Health, a start-up worth over 1.5 billion, and systematically integrates data-driven results directly into healthcare delivery. She has served on the board of trustees for the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute and the Alumni Council for the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University, and currently serves on the board of the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians. She maintains dual academic affiliation with both the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Ben-Gurion University. ​

Contact: maya.roberts@gmail.com

Anat Rosenthal.pngDr. Anat Rosenthal

​Anat Rosenthal, PhD is a Medical Anthropologist and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Health Policy and Management,​​​ School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences and the Tamar Golan Africa Center at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research focuses on global health policy and healthcare delivery in resource-limited environments.

Rosenthal completed her PhD in Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2009) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (2009-2010). She was also a Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011-2012), and an MHERC Fellow at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and Centre de recherche en éthique (CRÉ) at McGill University (2012-2015). She has conducted fieldwork in Israel, Malawi and Zimbabwe on the social and cultural effects of AIDS, healthcare delivery in resource-limited settings, national and international health policy, and undocumented migration.

 Rosenthal's work has been published in journals in medical anthropology, public health, and medicine, and her book on the rollout of HIV care in Malawi titled Health on Delivery: The Rollout of Antiretroviral Therapy in Malawi was published by Routledge in 2017.​

Contact: anatros@bgu.ac.il

Yuval Shahar bio.jpgProf. Yuval Shahar

Professor Yuval Shahar holds advanced degrees in Medicine (M.D., Hebrew University), Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (M.Sc., Yale), and Medical Informatics with a focus on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (Ph.D., Stanford). After a decade as a researcher and as a full time faculty member at Stanford University’s School of Medicine and its Computer Science Department, he moved to Ben Gurion University to found and head its Medical Informatics Research Center, and chaired for several years its Software and Information Systems Engineering Department. Professor Shahar’s research focuses on temporal reasoning, temporal data mining, automated monitoring, diagnosis, and therapy, and decision analysis. His work was applied mostly in biomedical domains, as well as in homeland security and information security. In 1995, Prof. Shahar was a recipient of the NIH FIRST 5-year career award. In 2005, he won an IBM Faculty Award, and in 2008, an HP Worldwide Innovation Program award. He was elected in 2005 as an International Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), and in 2017, as a Founding Member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI), a part of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). Since 2014, Prof. Shahar is the Josef Erteschik Chair in Information Systems Engineering at Ben Gurion University. ​

Contact: yshahar@bgumail.bgu.ac.il 

Stav pic.jpgDr. Stav Shapira

Stav Shapira, MHA, PhD, is a lecturer and the head of the master's program in Emergency Medicine at the School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her main research interests are disaster resilience, disaster epidemiology, and vulnerable populations in emergencies (e.g., older persons, people with disabilities, and ethnic minorities). She specializes in mapping these populations' unique health and social care needs in times of crisis, in parallel to identifying gaps in existing response capacities of organizations and systems, and exploring ways to bridge these gaps to provide optimal care in future emergency events. She employs mixed-methods, community-based, participatory research approach in her work to facilitate the implementation of scientific knowledge into policymaking processes and encourage community change.

​Her work had been published in leading journals in the fields of public health, health policy, emergency management, and disaster risk reduction.

Contact: stavshap@bgu.ac.il

ortal pic.jpgDr. Ortal Slobodin

​Ortal Slobodin, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and a senior lecturer at the Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University, Israel. My research focuses on socio-cultural aspects of human development and culturally sensitive mental health services for diverse populations. 

Contact: ortalslo@bgu.ac.il

Ziva pic.jpgDr. Ziva Stahl

Dr. Ziva Stahl  (Ph.D. ExMPP.  RD)  is the director of Health Promotion at the Southern District Health Office, Ministry of Health,  Beer-Sheva. Ziva is a clinical Instructor at the Health Promotion Unit at the Division of Community Health, and a teacher at the MPH program at the Department of Public Health Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben–Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her primary functions include: promotion, planning and operation of health promotion programs in the Southern District; identification, mapping and analysis population health needs; evaluation of health trends, including the development and implementation of research, evaluation of health programs and Science and Policy Engagement. Her educational activities include teaching various courses in nutrition, food, public health, health promotion and epidemiology for advanced degrees in health sciences, guiding research students in research and surveys.

Contact: ziva.stahl@bsh.health.gov.il ​

Na'ama Teschner.jpgDr. Na'ama Teschner

Na'ama Teschner is a lecturer at the Department of Geography and Environmental Development and the head of external relations committee at the School of Sustainability and Climate Change (SSCC). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds (on the water-energy nexus of desalination) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Technion faculty of Architecture and Planning (on barriers to promote renewable energies). For two years she was a senior researcher at the Knesset's Information and Research Center. Her research field is environmental policy, in large infrastructure systems: water, energy and agricultural sectors, ports and urban planning. Current work is linked to challenges of climate change, including energy poverty, institutional arrangements for water resource management, socio-technical transitions, and the science-policy interface. Much of recent work takes a trans-disciplinary and comparative, international approach to research design and implementation, including stakeholder participation and policy application.​

Contact: naamate@bgu.ac.il​