Experiences as director of a 650 bed hospital

Dr Masad Baroum

Director of Western Galilee Hospital, Nahariyah

Talk about his experiences as director of a 650 bed general hospital, and as the first Israeli Arab to hold such a position

Dr. Barhoum was born in Haifa in 1960, graduated from the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, did his residency in Family Medicine and received a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration from Haifa University. 

Following eight years as the director of the Holy Family (Italian) Hospital in Nazareth, Dr. Barhoum took up his appointment as Director General of Western Galilee Hospital, Nahariya in 2007. He has already expanded the hospital’s existing research, within the framework of a “biotechnology incubator” for research and development. This will lead the way to the Hospital becoming a university medical centre and a full-service hospital for the Galilee; and he believes that this will in turn promote the overall development of the Galilee area, drawing in scientific talent and enriching it.  His aim is to promote environmentally friendly practices, and to adapt the hospital to work within a framework of resource conservation.

Dr Barhoum is married to Dr. Marie Barhoum, a paediatric endocrinologist at the Emek Medical Center in Afula.  They have three daughters, aged 20, 16 and 10.


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