Bnai Zion Medical Center
Bnai Zion Medical Center
Ministry of Health
State of Israel
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The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Bnai-Zion Medical Center, Haifa, Israel.

Clinical Staff: Prof. Kessel Aharon- - Head of Division
Prof. Toubi Elias- Senior physician
Dr. Vadasz Zahava- Senior physician

Laboratory Staff: Mrs. Grushko Galia
Mrs. Halasz Kataline
Mrs. Peri Regina

The Division runs a recognized program for licensing young specialists in the field
of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has a big interest in the following clinical fields: 
bul1_1 Atopic diseases, namely, allergic rhinitis, asthma and atopic dermatitis. In
  our outpatient-clinic we perform skin tests, spirometry and relevant laboratory 
  We intensively treat patients with immunotherapy (when clinically indicated). We 
  have a special interest in following and treating severe adult type atopic dermatitis.
bul1_1 Food allergy- our pediatric allergy service, headed by Prof. Aharon Kessel, 
  is active in the diagnosis of food allergy including skin testing and food challenges.
bul1_1 Chronic spontaneous urticarial (CSU)- we run a big service in the north of Israel 
  which includes three big outpatient clinics. We see between 25-30 patients every 
  month. We evaluate and manage CSU patients according to the recently 
  guidelines. In this respect we routinely perform-ASST (autologous serum skin test) 
  and relevant autoimmune laboratory work-up. We are experienced in treating 
  refractory CSU patients with Omalizumab and in some cases with Cyclosporin. 
  We became recently the only center of UCARE in Israel and as such we are a 
  reference center of CSU in the north of Israel. We organize up-date lectures on 
  CSU  in the community and we actively participate in international meetings on 
bul1_1 Autoimmune diseases- We run a service for diagnosis and treatment of 
  autoimmune diseases such as SLE, Mix connective tissue diseases
  and  vasculitis. We perform detailed serological analysis including all
  relevant  antibodies.
bul1_1 Hereditary Angioedema (HAE)- we follow and treat about 50 patients suffering
  from  HAE. We are experienced in using all available treatments for HAE. We 
  organized annual meetings for these patients and families.
bul1_1 Research activities- We run many research projects including: 
  bul2_1 Regulatory mechanisms in autoimmune diseases.
  bul2_1 The role of semaphorins in immune mediated diseases.
  bul2_1 The pathogenesis and management of CSU.

We are experienced in research methods such as; flow cytometry, PCR and molecular biology, headed by Dr. Vadasz Zahava. We are a reference center for performing and consulting in flow cytometry (FACS) for clinical diagnosis for the north of Israel, headed by Dr. Vadasz Zahava.


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