Meet the Operating Room Team
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Dr. Lior Sasson

Lead Surgeon
Dr. Lior Sasson was born in 1960 in Israel. After attending high school in Tel Aviv he entered the Israeli Navy to fulfill his compulsory military service. In his four years in the Navy he obtained the rank of captain.
Between 1984 and 1990, Dr. Sasson studied Medicine at the University of the Negev in Beersheva in the South of Israel. He achieved his MD in 1986 with an honors grade and, four years later, received another honors in clinical medicine, biochemistry and anatomy.
After a four year clerkship in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine at Soroka Hospital in Beersheva and a one year’s internship in internal medicine at Sheba Medical Center close to Tel Aviv, he joined the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon for a six year residency. Between 1998 and 2000, Dr. Sasson did a fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery at the Mott Childrens’ Hospital at the University of Michigan, where he studied under the world-renowned pediatric heart surgeon, Prof. Edward L. Bove.
Upon his return to the Wolfson Medical Center, Dr. Sasson, now a fully-qualified pediatric heart surgeon, became Dr. Ami Cohen’s assistant in the Pediatric Cardiac Unit, as well as a lead surgeon in the adult cardiac department. At this time, he became a lot more involved in the Save a Child’s Heart program. Upon Dr. Cohen’s untimely and tragic death in August 2001, Dr. Sasson took on the role of head of the pediatric cardiac unit, as well as lead surgeon of Save a Child’s Heart. In May 2007, Dr. Sasson became Chief of the entire Cardiothoracic Department.
Dr. Sasson has had numerous papers published and has presented at several conferences, including an extremely well-received presentation at the 2006 meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (the leading international association for cardiac surgeons) in Chicago. He is a lecturer at the Sackler School of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University as well as the Edith Wolfson School of Nursing. As the lead surgeon for Save a Child’s Heart he has traveled extensively throughout the developing world, evaluating sick children and carrying out operating missions.
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Dr. Hagi Dekel

Pediatric and Adult Heart Surgeon

IDr. Hagi Dekel was born in 1970 in Israel. After high school, he entered the Israeli Army to fulfill his compulsory military service, reaching the rank of captain. Dr. Dekel continues to serve in the reserves as a surgeon in a special surgical combat unit.

Between 1995 and 2002, Dr. Dekel studied Medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University.

In 2004, Dr. Dekel joined the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon for a six year residency in adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery with a very active role in pediatric cardiac surgery and the Save a Child's Heart program. He obtained his certification in cardiothoracic surgery in 2010.

Between 2013 and 2015, Dr. Dekel and his family lived in Toronto, Canada, where he studied for fellowships in cardiac surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and SickKids Hospital.

Upon his return to the Wolfson Medical Center, Dr. Dekel, now a fully-qualified pediatric heart surgeon, has become Dr. Lior Sasson's assistant in the Pediatric Cardiac Unit, as well as a lead surgeon in the adult cardiac department.

Dr. Dekel is married with four children and lives in Hod HaSharon.
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Dr. Othman Badir

Cardiac Surgeon
Dr. Othman Badir was born in Israel and studied medicine in Turkey.
He took a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at Ibnicina Hospital in Ankara. In 1999, Dr. Badir returned to Israel and joined the staff of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Wolfson Medical Center as a resident in adult cardiac surgery. During this time, he studied pediatric cardiac surgery under Dr. Ami Cohen and Dr. Lior Sasson.
Dr. Badir is now a fully qualified cardiac surgeon and attends most pediatric cardiac surgeries assisting Dr. Sasson.
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Anat Mastar

Head of the Perfusion Dept.
Anat Mastor was born and raised in Iran.
Upon arrival in Israel in 1987 she attended Tel Aviv College where she studied bio-medics. This three year course included doing stages in ECG and perfusion (use of the heart lung machine). Immediately after college, Anat joined the staff of the Wolfson Medical Center and became Head of the Perfusion Department.
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Yigal Sofer

Perfusionist
Israeli-born Yigal Sofer studied bio-medics at Tel Aviv College.
This three year course included doing stages in echo Doppler skills and perfusion (use of the heart lung machine). Immediately after college, Yigal joined the staff of the Wolfson Medical Center where he has been working as a perfusionist for eleven years. He has also worked at Asuta Hospital in Tel Aviv and Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.
Yigal was sent to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan by the late Dr. Cohen, where he did a fellowship in pediatric perfusion.
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Orit Lentzer

Research Coordinator
Israeli-born Orit Lentzer studied bio-medics at Tel Aviv College.
This three year course included doing stages in echo Doppler skills and perfusion (use of the heart lung machine).
After leaving college in 2005, Orit joined the staff of the Wolfson Medical Center where she has been working as a perfusionist.
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Ala'a Mansour

Perfusionist
Israeli-born Ala’a Mansour studied bio-medics at Tel Aviv College.
This three year course included doing stages in echo Doppler skills and perfusion (use of the heart lung machine).
Immediately after college, in 1997, Ala’a joined the staff of the Wolfson Medical Center where he is a member of the team of perfusionists.
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Chaya Museri

Head Nurse, Cardiac Operating Rooms
Chaya Museri was born in Poland and came to Israel in 1957.
She studied nursing at the School of Nursing at the Wolfson Medical Center, followed by a course in operating room nursing at the Tel HaShomer Medical Center. Chaya has been a nurse at the Wolfson Medical Center for over 30 years and she has been working in the cardiothoracic operating room for 24 years. Since 1991, Chaya has been the Head Nurse for both adult and pediatric heart surgeries and has been with Save a Child’s Heart since its beginnings.
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Olga Gor

Deputy Head Nurse, Cardiac Operating Rooms
Olga Gur was born in the former Soviet Republic in 1971 and at the age of 16 she immigrated to Israel. Olga studied nursing at the Sheba Academic School of Nursing at the Sheba Hospital in Tel Ha Shomer in Israel, graduating in 1991. She took a course in operating room nursing in 1993 and began working at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel in the same year. In 1998 she was made Deputy Head Nurse of the Pediatric Cardiac Operating Rooms. In 2011, Olga obtained her MA in nursing from the Tel Aviv Technical College.