Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Amitai Oberman

Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Amitai Oberman (Enlarge)

Meet Dr. Amitai Oberman of BIU’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, an expert on internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative medicine. Palliative medicine focuses on improving the life quality of chronic patients and their families, and end-of-life treatments.

Dr. Oberman has been serving as the Head of the Rehabilitative Geriatrics Ward at the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poriya since 2006. He is one of the pioneering experts in Israel in the field of palliative medicine, and teaches the subject at various institutions. Oberman, who completed his geriatric residency at Harvard, also studies the challenges faced by geriatrics professionals, focusing on service development and changing perceptions.

As a medical practitioner and a scientist, Dr. Oberman’s mission is “to improve the functioning and life quality of the elderly, so they can reach the end of their life with dignity, peace and comfort after enjoying everything life has to offer.”

Dr. Oberman, a married father of six residing in Kibbutz Lavi in northern Israel, says that he chose to live in the Galilee since his ancestors were the founders of Rosh Pina, a town in the upper Galilee. “I chose to build my life here in order to promote and help improve the medical services provided to the residents of northern Israel, despite offers to work in central Israel and abroad. The establishment of the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee created an opportunity for me to combine my passion for teaching with the ability to help advance medicine in the Galilee. It is a great opportunity for me to instill my vision for geriatric therapy in new generations of practitioners, only few of which, unfortunately, will opt to become geriatrics experts.” Oberman says that the very fact that the Faculty’s students reside and work in the region upgrades the quality of life for residents and adds new challenges and interests into daily work at the hospitals.

“Personally,” says Oberman, “I feel privileged and obliged to be a part of training these future doctors. I hope they will take with them the knowledge and values I try to impart as a teacher. I admit that I am enriched as a result of my daily contact with eager minds. I always reinforce among my students that it is a great privilege to be a physician, and they should never take this mission lightly. It’s important to remember that in order to be a good doctor, you must first be a good person.”