Prof. Jacob Peleg

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Prof. Jacob Peleg
Phone: 03-6407870


Head, Disaster Medicine Department at the School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University

Head, Israel National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research, Gertner Institute. 



Professor Jacob (Kobi) Peleg is the Head of the Disaster Medicine Department at Tel Aviv University (TAU) School of Public Health. He is also the Head of the Israel National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine Research at the Gertner Institute.  As a leader in trauma-related research, Prof. Peleg lectures on disaster response, Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) management, disaster medicine, and optimization of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at Tel Aviv University and other higher education institutions throughout Israel and worldwide.


Prof. Peleg has extensive experience in disaster response. He served as the Head of the Civil Defense of the Medical Branch in the First Gulf War. He has also served as the Head of Operations, Training, and Organization of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Medical Corps and held several command positions in Israeli field hospitals in Rwanda (1995), Armenia earthquake (1988), and Haiti earthquake (2010).  Prof. Peleg acted as a National Emergency System consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO). He has done extensive consulting work in Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for numerous organizations, Ministries, and private companies, as well as led several Mass-Casualty Management Courses for national and international organizations, including WHO and the Lombardia MoH. He has published over 100 articles in the leading journals and is on the Editorial Boards of several academic and scientific journals.


Prof. Peleg is currently a member of the Israeli National Council for Trauma and the National Committee of MCI. Prof. Peleg is also an expert for the United Nation Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) and was an UNDAC expert during the response to the 2009 earthquake in Indonesia. In addition, he was the Chief of the IDF Medical School (Col.), the Senior Advisor to the Israeli Minister of Health, and an Executive Board Member of Magen David Adom (Israeli EMS).


Research Interests

  • Trauma Epidemiology
  • Trauma Systems 
  • EMS Systems 
  • Disaster Medicine 
  • Disaster Management 
  • NASS Casualty Incidents
  • Preparedness and Response


Selected Publications

Peleg K, Ending in a crash. Isr Med Assoc J. 2005; 7(1):41-42.


Peleg K, Goldman S, Sikron F. Burn prevention programs for children: do they reduce burn-related hospitalizations? Burns, 2005; 31(3): 347-350. 


Amir LD, Aharonson-Daniel L, Peleg K, Waisman Y, and the ITG. The severity of injury in children resulting from acts against civilian populations. Ann Surg. 2005; 241(4):666-670.


Peleg K, Aharonson-Daniel L. Blast injuries. N Engl J Med. 2005; 352(25):2651-2653; author reply.


Noji e, Lee C, Davis T, Peleg K. Investigation of federal bureau of investigation bomb-related death and injury data in the United States between 1988 and 1997. Mil Med. 2005; 170(7):595-598.


Peleg K, Aharonson-Daniel L, Giveon A, Kluger Y. Risk for motorcyclists in a busy metropolitan city: the example of Tel Aviv. Isr Med Assoc J. 2005; 7(8):511-514.


Aharonson-Daniel L, Giveon A, Peleg K. Gaps in injury statistics - multiple injury profiles reveal them and provide a comprehensive account. Inj Prev. 2005; 11(4):197-200.


Aharonson-Daniel L, Peleg K, ITG. The epidemiology of terrorism casualties. Scandinavian Journal of Surgery. 2005; 94: 185-190.
Goldman S, Aharonson-Daniel L, Peleg K and the ITG*. Childhood Burns in Israel: A seven-year epidemiological review. Burns, 2005; 32:462-472.


Soffer D, Zmora O, Klausner JB, Szold O, Givon A, Halpern P, Schulman CI,Peleg K. Alcohol use among trauma victims admitted to a level I trauma center in Israel. Isr Med Assoc J. 2006 Feb;8(2):98-102.


Waisman Y, Amir L, Mor M, Feigenberg Z, Daniel Aharonson L, Peleg K, Blumenfeld A. Prehospital Response and Field Triage in Pediatric Mass Casualty Incidents: The Israeli Experience. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, March 2006 (Vol. 7, Issue 1, Pages 52-58).


Einav S, Aharonson-Daniel L, Weissman C, Freund HR, Peleg K. Israel Trauma Group. In-Hospital Resource Utilization During,  Multiple Casualty Incidents. Ann Surg. 2006 Apr;243(4):533-540.


Peleg K,  Rivkind A, Aharonson-Daniel L, Israeli Trauma Group. Does body armor protect from firearm injuries? J Am Coll Surg. 2006 Apr;202(4):643-8.


Ahronson-Daniel L, Klein Y, Peleg K. Suicide bomber from a new injury profile. Annals of Surgery, 2006 ;244(6):1018-23.
Goral A, Aharonson-Daniel L, Olmer L, Giveon A, Moscovitch, Peleg K. Injury as a result of violence in Israel. Israeli Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2006 May;6(2):29-36.


Avitzour M, Aharonson-Daniel L, Peleg K. Secondary transfer of trauma patients: rationale and characteristics. Isr Med Assoc J. 2006 Aug;8:539-542.


Aharonson-Daniel L, Giveon A, Peleg K. AIS triplets - Differnet mortality predictions in identical ISS and NISS. J Trauma 2006;  61:711-717.


Soffer D, Klausner J, Szold O, Schulman C, Halpern P, Savitsky B, Aharonson-Daniel D, Peleg K. Non-Hip Fracture-Associated Trauma in the Elderly Population. IMAJ. 2006; 8:1-6.


Borman JB, Aharonson-Daniel L, Savitsky B, Peleg K; Israeli Trauma Group. Unilateral flail chest is seldom a lethal injury. Emerg Med J. 2006 Dec;23(12):903-5.


Haik J, Tessone A, Givon A, Liran A, Winkler E, Mendes D, Goldan O, Bar-Meir E, Regev E, Orenstein A, Peleg K.Terror-inflicted thermal injury: A retrospective analysis of burns in the israeli-palestinian conflict between the years 1997 and 2003. J Trauma. 2006 Dec;61(6):1501-5.


Ringler D, Einy S, Giveon A, Goldstein L, Peleg K. Israel Trauma Group. Maxillofacial Trauma Resulting From Terror in Israel. J Craniofac Surg. 2007 Jan;18(1):62-66.


Sikron F,  Glasser S,  Peleg K. Children injured following TV tipovers in Israel, 1997-2003. Child: Care, Health & Development. 2007 Jan;33(1):45-51.


Savitsky B, Aharonson-Daniel L, Giveon A, ITG, Peleg K. Variability in pediatric injury patterns by age and ethnic groups in Israel. Ethnicity & health 2007 Apr; 12(2):129-39.


Haik J, Liran A, Tessone A, Givon A, Orenstein A, Peleg K; Israeli Trauma Group. Burns in Israel: demographic, etiologic and clinical trends, 1997-2003.Isr Med Assoc J. 2007 Sep;9(9):659-62.


Drescher MJ, Aharonson-Daniel L, Savitsky B, Leibman J, Peleg K . A study of the workforce in emergency medicine in Israel: 2003. J Emerg Med. 2007 Nov;33(4):433-7.


Subbarao I, Steinbrecher R, Tan L, Peleg K, Zeiger J, and James JJ, Postexposure Immunization and Prophylaxis of Bloodborne Pathogens Following a Traumatic Explosive Event: Preliminary Recommendations. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 2007 (1): 106-109. 


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