Rambam Award

Rambam award

The Rambam Committee for Honorable Awards confers the Rambam Award on the basis of candidates' contributions to medicine, science, technology, leadership, and humanity.

​Established in 2010, the Rambam Award recognizes the achievements of remarkable individuals for their passion, caring, and special generosity to the State of Israel.

We are honored, privileged, and humbled to confer this award annually. May each Rambam Award receipint serve as an example for all humankind.

The Rambam Committee for Honorable Award Candidates:
Dr. Michael Halberthal
General Director & CEO
Rambam HCC

Professor Rafi Beyar
President, International Friends Associations
Rambam HCC

Israel (Sari) Greidinger
Israeli Friends of Rambam HCC

Rambam Award 2019

Professor Lloyd B. Minor

Rambam Health Care Campus is proud and honored to bestow the 2019 Rambam Award upon Professor Lloyd B. Minor in recognition of his clinical, research, and academic accomplishments, which have impacted medicine in important fields ranging from the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders to initiatives for pedagogical innovation, and with the highest esteem for his commitment to the advancement of international research and medical collaborations, particularly with Rambam Health Care Campus.

Growing up, Professor Minor came to value the importance of individual effort for the benefit of a team, and acceptance, respect, and civility in relationships – all key components of his achievements to this day.

After earning a B.Sc. and M.D. from Brown University, Professor Minor went on to complete residencies in surgery (Duke University) and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (University of Chicago). He completed a research fellowship in vestibular neurophysiology, also from University of Chicago, as well as in otology and neurotology (EAR Foundation in Nashville, Tennessee).

Committed to clinical research, Professor Minor is an expert in balance and inner ear disorders. He discovered superior canal dehiscence syndrome and developed a surgical procedure to correct and alleviate the condition. He led the development and implementation of an innovative model for cancer research and patient care delivery at Stanford Medicine and has launched an initiative in biomedical data science to harness the power of big data and create a learning health care system. Committed to diversity, he has increased student financial aid and expanded faculty leadership opportunities.

His wife, Dr. Lisa Keamy, has supportively partnered with him in both his professional and family life and they have raised two children, Emily and Samuel.

A scientist, surgeon, and academic leader, Professor Minor is a strong proponent of translational research, pedagogical innovation, and proactive personalized healthcare. A past provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of The Johns Hopkins University, today Professor Minor serves as dean of the Stanford
University School of Medicine. Professor Minor’s visionary leadership is leveraging Stanford’s strengths in scientific discovery to purse use of genetic information, big data, and international medical and scientific collaborations, to transform health care.

Professor Minor’s leadership and achievements have impacted medical care worldwide in general, and Rambam Health Care Campus in particular, through a recently established Rambam-Stanford collaborative research agreement. The two institutes are aiming for a transformative impact on clinical care, digital health, big data research, and more.

In acknowledgement of all the aforesaid, the Honorary Awards Committee has found Professor Lloyd B. Minor deserving of the 2019 Rambam Award.

Mrs. Patricia and Mr. Albert Frank

Rambam Health Care Campus is proud and honored to bestow the 2019 Rambam Award upon Mrs. Patricia and Mr. Albert Frank in recognition of their lifetime commitment to the Jewish people; their unwavering support of Israel exemplified by their founding of the IMPACT! Program, providing scholarships for IDF soldiers; and with deepest appreciation for their support of the Department of Hematology and establishing the Frank Family Nephrology Fellowship at Rambam Health Care Campus.

Born in 1927 in Chicago, Albert was the fourth child of one of the first Jewish Chicago policeman and an Irish mother who was instrumental in his Jewish education. A decade before establishment of the State of Israel, a member of Young Judaea, Albert went door to door collecting five- and ten-cent coins for the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet LeYisrael). In 1984 he made his first “large” donation through the Kehilat Jeshurun Synogoguetwenty-five dollars for the “Haganah Campaign.”

With the onset of the Second World War, Albert proudly enlisted at the age of 17. Turning 19, he was commissioned as an officer and sent to post-war Japan. Upon discharge, the then new G.I. Bill made engineering studies at the University of Illinois at hampaign-Urbana possible. There, Albert returned to his pro-Israel activities, became President of the Illinois chapter of the Intercollegiate Zionist Federation of America, and was active in Hillel activities. He also met a stunning red-headed physiotherapy student, Patricia, who had voluntarily cared for polio victims during the 1949 outbreak. Her inner and outer qualities won his heart - forever.

Together they raised eight children and enjoyed 65 years of marriage. Theirs was, and in spirit continues to be, a shared life of accomplishment. In 1970, Albert and Patricia visited Israel with their children and returned to the U.S., leaving two behind for their continued studies.

The couple became increasingly involved in supporting Israel. Both became leaders of Israel Bond campaigns,
made numerous trips to Israel, and were active in the Jewish National Fund. Albert served as Director and Vice President of the Jewish Federation in Chicago and was active on their board for 12 years. Patricia volunteered for several years at Evanston Hospital, a major healthcare facility in the area, and became President of the Chicago Organization for the Women’s Auxiliary for Shaare Zedek Hospital of Jerusalem. After years of volunteer service,
she became President of the Sisterhood for the North Shore Congregation Israel, the largest reform temple in the Midwest. In that role, she organized and managed the largest sales event ever for Ruth Dayan’s “Maskit,” showcasing Israeli Jewelry, rugs, and artwork.

Philanthropy targeted towards the Jewish community, Israel, health, education, and quality of life were a joint mission for the Franks. As cofounders of IMPACT! In 2002, a scholarship program for Israel’s combat soldiers administered by the Friends of the IDF, the Franks have enabled a new generation to pursue academic and career success and achievement. Establishment of the Frank Family Nephrology Fellowship at Rambam, and their support of the Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Institute is further enabling excellence in medical care.

In acknowledgement of all the aforesaid, the Honorary Awards Committee has found Mrs. atricia and Mr. Albert Frank deserving of the 2019 Rambam Award.


Professor Karl Skorecki

Rambam Health Care Campus is proud and honored to bestow the 2019 Rambam Award upon Professor Karl Skorecki in recognition of his clinical, research, and academic accomplishments impacting global health, ranging from kidney disease and genetics to genomic translational research, and with highest esteem for his unparalleled research and medical leadership at Rambam Health Care Campus.

The only son of Holocaust survivors, Professor Skorecki was born and educated in Toronto. He received his M.D. (1977) from the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto – with a Gold Medal for highest overall standing in all courses. His postgraduate studies in Boston were followed by faculty positions at the University of Toronto and affiliated medical centers, focusing on internal medicine, nephrology, and molecular biology. In January 1991, Professor Skorecki began a sabbatical at the Weizmann Institute on the eve of the First Gulf War; he and his family subsequently decided to move to Israel. In 1995 he joined the Technion’s Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Health Care Campus, in Haifa, where he was the hospital’s Director of the Department of Nephrology (1995-2005), and its Director of Medical and Research Development from 2005 to 2018. In 2018, he was appointed Dean of the Bar-Ilan School of Medicine in Safed.

Conducting research in varied areas of human molecular genetics and stem cell biology, Professor Skorecki’s interest in population genetics began with a series of collaborative research studies. He traced patrilineal genealogies in the Jewish priesthood, and matrilineal genealogies among Ashkenazi Jews, and used the "signatures" delineated to study communities whose Jewish or Near East provenance has been lost. Combining population genetics and evolutionary medicine, his team identified a genetic locus powerfully associated with kidney disease in African heritage populations. Professor Skorecki's work in stem cells has led to the development of a novel experimental platform for studying cancer, providing the basis for a new approach to personalized cancer care.

A much in demand lecturer at premiere scientific conferences and leading universities worldwide, his research and results appears in leading professional and scientific journals and books. Professor Skorecki has received several research prizes, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israeli Society of Nephrology and Hypertension and  the Jewish National Fund Elkeless Prize for excellence in Medical Research. A highly regarded speaker and educator, he has annually received awards for his teaching for more than two decades, and students consistently praise his ability to make complex concepts easy to understand. His research has attracted widespread public and media interest including "Sixty Minutes," Newsweek, Nova, and National Geographic.

A modest, inspirational, and influential leader, Professor Skorecki’s seamless weaving of faith with science has permeated the life and soul of our hospital and permanently raised the bar for translational research both worldwide and here at Rambam Health Care Campus.
In acknowledgement of all the aforesaid, the Honorary Awards Committee has found Professor Karl Skorecki deserving of the 2019 Rambam Award.

Mr. Jacob Harpaz

Rambam Health Care Campus is proud and honored to bestow the 2019 Rambam Award upon Mr. Jacob Harpaz in recognition of his unwavering commitment to the people of Israel, his outstanding ethical and inspirational leadership of ISCAR with a people-centered business acumen, and with highest esteem for his visionary generosity, particularly with regard to Rambam Health Care Campus.


The hands-on leader of ISCAR, whose actions speak louder than words, Mr. Harpaz was born in 1951 in Kiryat Motzkin. He joined ISCAR after completing his technical engineering degree and while working in the metallurgical research laboratories at the Technion. During the Yom Kippur War, at the age of 22, Mr. Harpaz was wounded near the Suez Canal. Despite the injury, he proceeded to save the life of a fellow soldier, became a national hero, and was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service.

Mr. Harpaz was deeply impressed by the way he was treated by ISCAR and the Wertheimers after he was wounded. His commitment to ISCAR is reflected by his gradual progression from working in development into sales and marketing. Believing in his potential, Eitan Wertheimer sent Mr. Harpaz to attend Harvard University’s prestigious Management Course (PMD), after which Mr. Harpaz was promoted to the position of marketing director. These advancements have only benefitted ISCAR and Mr. Harpaz credits the Wertheimer family’s culture and vision as the secret of ISCAR’s success.

Inspired by what was already a strong people-centered business ethic, Mr. Harpaz has led ISCAR with a marketing world view that stresses product quality, customer
relations, and corporate image - in that order. In 1994, he was appointed CEO of ISCAR and has subsequently received numerous awards honoring him for excellence in manufacturing and marketing campaigns. His world view clearly works - today ISCAR is the second largest company in the global carbide cutting tool industry.

Mr. Harpaz is as committed to his family, as to his company, and is married to Sarit. Together they raised three children who all work in high-tech industry and have five grandchildren.

In 2001, Mr. Harpaz was appointed president of the IMC Group, one of the world’s leading enterprises for metalworking products. He retained that position following ISCAR and IMC Group’s acquisition by Warren Buffet in 2006. Buffet views Mr. Harpaz as “the da Vinci of his craft.” Indeed, Mr. Harpaz’s commitment to quality includes a strong focus on staff retention,
team work, educational advancement, and philanthropy. These standards permeate the ISCAR culture and have impacted Rambam Health Care Campus through the company’s long-term and essential support of the hospital’s needs.

In acknowledgement of all the aforesaid, the Honorary Awards Committee has found Mr. Jacob Harpaz deserving of the 2019 Rambam Award.