The School of Medicine

Medical student taking blood
Students at the School of Medicine study a patient-centered approach to medical care.

The School of Medicine was founded in 1964 following the generous contributions of renowned U.S. doctors and philanthropists Raymond, and the late Mortimer and Arthur Sackler and the official approval of the Minister of Education. The first students of the school were those who had completed three years of medical studies abroad and completed their clinical education in hospitals in the Tel Aviv area.


The mission of The School of Medicine is to educate medical and graduate with the highest professional and intellectual standards and to prepare clinicians, health professionals and researchers to practice medicine and biomedical research for the health and care of the public.


The School of Medicine is Israel’s largest medical research and training complex. Research at the School of Medicine 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 to 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 School members, composed of Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Associate and Full Professors, are known for research in the following areas: cancer biology, stem cells, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases and genetic diseases, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV/AIDS. Physicians in 181 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 student body is made up of students enrolled in the 6-Year Program and the 4-Year Program for Israeli students for the M.D. degree, 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.


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