Winning a Royal Title

Prof. Eric Shinwell is the first Israeli in the field of neonatology - premature and neonatal medicine, and the sixth Israeli in general, to receive the honorable title of Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
18/8/2019

He is the first Israeli in the field of neonatology - premature and neonatal medicine, and the sixth Israeli in general, to receive the honorable title of Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Prof. Shinwell was born in Scotland, graduated from King's College Hospital in London in 1979, immigrated to Israel and began an internship in Pediatrics at Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva. He later added a specialization in Neonatology. For the past six years, he has headed Ziv's NICU and for 30 years has been a world-renowned researcher in the field of chronic lung disease of premature babies. His many studies cover a wide range of topics ranging from genes through pathological processes to clinical studies on innovative therapeutic approaches. This field has earned him worldwide recognition.

When premature babies are born, the main life-threatening challenge is their difficulty in breathing. Most premature babies recover quickly, but some continue into a long illness of months and even years. Prof. Shinwell was the first to prove that the usual treatment of the disease by injecting steroids into the baby's vein causes brain damage and cerebral palsy later in life. "Today all major institutions recommend not giving steroids through the vein except in very difficult cases. Some institutions
provide moderate amounts orally or via inhalation, and so no harm is caused to the brain" said Prof. Shinwell.

"The Fellow from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is a title awarded based on the recommendation of two physicians working in the same medical field, who themselves have earned a Fellow's title from the Royal College. The title allows its holder to add the letters FRCPE - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh to their name as well as giving them exclusive access to scanned ancient books, original books of cited doctors with illustrations, descriptions and medical processes of those who determined medicine," explains Professor Shinwell.