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Shmuel Eidelman was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his internship and residency at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel.
Dr Eidelman then went on to undertake a fellowship and faculty position in Gastroenterology, at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Between 1970 and 1984 he was Chief of Internal Medicine at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel. Here, he was also Chairman of the Gastroenterology Institute between 1984 and 2000.
Dr Eidelman is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. He is also Chairman of the IMA Scientific Council, which supervises specialty training and certification in all fields of medicine in Israel.
In addition, he was Director of Medical Education at Rambam Medical Center (1990-2000) and Chairman of the Israel Gastroenterology Association (1984-1986).
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- During my internal medicine residency, I noted the transformation of general internal medicine in hospitals into geriatrics, sans resources for doing good geriatrics. At the same time, emerging knowledge about malabsorption and inflammatory bowel disease enthralled me. Gastroenterology appeared to me a good way to continue good general medical practice, research, and teaching, with what looked like an interesting emerging discipline.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Cyrus E. Rubin, my mentor during my fellowship in Seattle, Washington, with whom I had heated arguments. He radiated a rare ability to do the right things in clinical research, and, at the same time, remain a concerned empathic clinician and a real friend when in need.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- The classical paper by Nirenberg and Mattei that showed how different nucleotide combinations produced different amino acids.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- Personal relationships (family and friends) are the real source of happiness and fulfillment, and missed opportunities in these areas are unforgivable.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- I have made many small mistakes but cannot recall a really big one!
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To become a competent musician.
- What is your greatest regret?
- I was not persistent enough in the study of a musical instrument.
- How do you relax?
- Reading history and historical novels. This is limited to vacations and overseas travel.
Listening to chamber music at all times during weekends or on the CD changer in my car during long-distance driving.
- What is your favorite sport?
- Soccer. I try to attend at least some home games of my favorite team.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Paris and Rome - neck and neck.
- What is your favorite film?
- "The River" by Jean Renoir, filmed in India. I first saw this when I was in my teens.
- What car do you drive?
- An old Volvo - I am a bad driver and need a solid car old enough for small dents and scratches not to matter.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- Palm V.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- Roy Pounder - I was struck by his intensity and could not resist his personal charm.