New Director Appointed for Ziv's Genetic Institute

Dr. Adel Shalata, a specialist in medical and molecular genetics, genetic mapping and cloning disease genes, was appointed as director of the Genetics Institute at the Ziv Medical Center.
30/4/2013

Dr. Adel Shalata, a specialist in medical and molecular genetics, genetic mapping and cloning disease genes, was appointed as director of the Genetics Institute at the Ziv Medical Center.

In addition to directing the Genetics Institute, Dr. Shalata will also be involved in genetic research aimed at identifying genes and mutations responsible for inherited genetic diseases as well as teaching at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Medicine in Zefat.

Dr. Shalata graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Hadassah Medical School in 1989. He completed his residency in pediatrics and served as a senior physician in the Pediatric Surgery Department at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa until 2001. While working at Rambam, he completed his doctorate (PhD) in molecular genetics at the Technion Faculty of Medicine in Haifa and continued his post doctorate in the USA at Mount Sinai Hospital affiliated with New York University (2001-2003).

Upon his return to Israel, Dr. Shalata completed specialization in genetics at the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa and together with Prof. Zvi Borochowitz, founded a research unit for mapping and identification of genes and mutations in genetic and hereditary diseases, working as a senior physician at the Genetic Institute until 2009. In 2010 he directed the Genetic Institute at the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya and has since held the position of a senior genetic counselor in the Clalit Health Fund. In addition, Dr. Shalata lectured in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Haifa.

Together with colleagues in the field, Dr. Shalata established a non-profit charity called “G’inatona” which aims at raising funds to support research among different populations that are at risk for birthing offspring suffering from genetic diseases and among families suffering from hereditary diseases.
The Genetic Institute at the Ziv Medical Center provides a variety of innovative and reliable services for genetic diagnosis including consultations for clarification of diagnosis and providing support for individuals and couples. 
Services include: diagnosis, counseling and genetic testing for hereditary diseases in children and adults, counseling for families and individuals prior to marriage and parenthood, testing and advice on the types of familial cancer and carriers of diseases in a specific population or ethnic group.

In addition, the Genetic Institute performs prenatal diagnoses, amniocentesis, placental villous testing, prenatal blood tests and monitoring pregnancies at risk for Down’s syndrome and more.