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:
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Research activities- We run many research projects including:
Regulatory mechanisms in autoimmune diseases.
The role of semaphorins in immune mediated diseases.
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.