About the Faculty of Medicine
The Sackler Faculty of Medicine is Israel’s largest medical research and training complex. It was founded in 1964 following the generous contributions of renowned U.S. doctors and philanthropists Raymond, and the late Mortimer and Arthur Sackler. The Faculty of Medicine engages in joint teaching and research programs with nearly every faculty at Tel Aviv University and multi-nationally with schools, hospitals and research centers throughout the world. Physicians in 181 Sacker-affiliated departments and institutes in 17 hospitals hold academic appointments at Tel Aviv University. The Gitter-Smolarz Life Sciences and Medicine Library serves students and staff and is the center of a consortium of 15 hospital libraries.
The Sackler faculty is known for research in the following areas: cancer biology, stem cells, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases and genetic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV/AIDS. Research conducted at Sackler is multidisciplinary, as scientists and clinicians combine efforts in basic and translational research. Research is conducted in the laboratories on the TAU campus, and in the clinical facilities affiliated with the Faculty. This network of preclinical and clinical teams helps realize the ultimate goals of the research: the basic understanding of human pathophysiology and the improvement of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The student body is made up of 750 Israeli students enrolled in the regular 6-year M.D. degree program, 300 American and Canadian students enrolled in a 4-year M.D. program chartered by the State of New York and accredited by the State of Israel, and a 4-year program for 60+ Israeli students pursuing an M.D. degree. Approximately 200 students study dental medicine in a six-year D.M.D. program and another 2,000 students are enrolled in the health professions programs for degrees in Communications Disorders, Nursing, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Sackler’s Graduate School for Advanced Studies trains approximately 800 masters and doctoral level students in the biomedical disciplines, with a special emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach and application of fundamental knowledge to important biomedical problems.