Prof. Tamar Shohat

ביה"ס לבריאות הציבור סגל אקדמי קליני
External phone: 03-7371500
Fax: 03-5349881

Positions

Director, Israel Center for Disease Control, Ministry of Health

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University

Biography

Professor Tamy Shohat has been the Director of the Israel Center for Disease Control (ICDC) since January 2008. She served as the Head of the Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine Department at Tel Aviv University School of Public Health from 2011-2015. 

 

From 2004-2007, Prof. Shohat acted as the Tel Aviv District Health Officer in the Ministry of Health. Prior to that, she was Deputy of the Tel Aviv District Health Office and Deputy Director of the ICDC. Further, she was one of the founders of the ICDC in 1994. She held various positions in the Israel Defense Force (IDF), including the Head of the Epidemiology Unit (1989-1991) in the Army Health Branch. She completed a Fellowship in Medical Genetics (1986-1989) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles, California) where she later held a Visiting Scientist position (1991-1992).Prof. Shohat received her medical degree Cum Laude from Tel Aviv University, as well as a Masters of Public Health from the School of Public Health at Hebrew University.

 

Prof. Shohat's work has included establishing data sets and registries for non-communicable diseases, trends in health behaviors, and survey methods for communicable diseases. Prof. Shohat was the Chair of the Health Behaviors Committee for Healthy Israel 2020 (HI2020) and is currently a member of Immunization Policy Committee.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of asthma in adolescents
  • The establishment of national registries for non-communicable diseases
  • Time trends in the incidence of infectious diseases in Israel
  • The use of health services by pregnant women
  • Trends in health behaviors in the Israeli population

Selected Publications

Publications (from the last three years)
 

Kopel E, Keinan-Boker L, Enav T, Dichtiar R, Shohat T. Cigarette smoking and correlates among ultra-orthodox jewish males. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2013; 15(2):562-6.
 

Zucker I, Laxer I, Rasooli I, Han S, Cohen A, Shohat T. Regional gaps in the provision of inpatient rehabilitation services for the elderly in Israel: Results of a national survey. Isr J Health Policy Res. 2013; 2(1).

 

Ornoy A, Tekuzener E, Braun T, Dichtiar R, Shohat T, Cassuto H, Keinan-Boker L. Lack of severe long-term outcomes of acute, subclinical B1 deficiency in 216 children in Israel exposed in early infancy. Pediatr Res. 2013; 73(1):111-9.

 

Weil M, Shohat T, Bromberg M, Bassal R, Dichtiar R, Mandelboim M, Sofer D, Cohen D, Mendelson E. The dynamics of infection and the persistence of immunity to A(H1N1)pdm09 virus in Israel. Influenza Other Respi. 2013; 7(5):838-46.

 

Twig G, Livneh A, Vivante A, Afek A, Shamiss A, Derazne E, Tzur D, Ben-Zvi I, Tirosh A, Barchana M, Shohat T, Golan E, Amital H. Mortality risk factors associated with familial Mediterranean fever among a cohort of 1.25 million adolescents. Ann Rheum Dis. 2014; 73(4):704-9.

 

Graif Y, German L, Ifrah A, Livne I, Shohat T. Dose-response association between smoking and atopic eczema: Results from a large cross-sectional study in adolescents. Dermatology. 2013; 226(3):195-9.

 

Berman T, Goldsmith R, Göen T, Spungen J, Novack L, Levine H, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. Urinary concentrations of environmental contaminants and phytoestrogens in adults in Israel. Environment International. 2013; 59:478-84.

 

Berman T, Goldsmith R, Göen T, Spungen J, Novack L, Levine H, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. Urinary concentrations of organophosphate pesticide metabolites in adults in Israel: Demographic and dietary predictors. Environment International. 2013; 60:183-9.

 

Levine H, Berman T, Goldsmith R, Göen T, Spungen J, Novack L, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. Exposure to tobacco smoke based on urinary cotinine levels among Israeli smoking and nonsmoking adults: A cross-sectional analysis of the first Israeli human biomonitoring study. BMC Public Health. 2013; 13(1).

 

Markovich MP, Shohat T, Riklis I, Avni R, Yujelevski-Rozenblit D, Bassal R, Cohen D, Rorman E. Seroepidemiology of Toxoplasma gondii infection in the Israeli population. Epidemiol Infect. 2014; 142(1):149-55.

 

Bakst S, Braun T, Hirshberg R, Zucker I, Shohat T. Characteristics of suicide completers with a psychiatric diagnosis before death: A postmortem study of 98 cases. Psychiatry Res. 2014; 220(1-2):556-63.

 

Bassal R, Reisfeld A, Nissan I, Agmon V, Taran D, Schemberg B, Cohen D, Shohat T. Risk factors for sporadic infection with Salmonella Infantis: A matched case-control study. Epidemiol Infect. 2014; 142(4):820-5.

 

Berman T, Goldsmith R, Göen T, Spungen J, Novack L, Levine H, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. Demographic and dietary predictors of urinary bisphenol A concentrations in adults in Israel. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2014; 217(6):638-44.

 

Blumenfeld O, Dichtiar R, Shohat T, Bistritzer Z, Rahmeal M, Klar A. Trends in the incidence of type 1 diabetes among Jews and Arabs in Israel. Pediatr Diabetes. 2014; 15(6):422-7.

 

Cohen D, Bassal R, Goren S, Rouach T, Taran D, Schemberg B, Peled N, Keness Y, Ken-Dror S, Vasilev V, Nissan I, Agmon V, Shohat T. Recent trends in the epidemiology of shigellosis in Israel. Epidemiol Infect. 2014; 142(12):2583-94.

 

Kesler A, Stolovic N, Bluednikov Y, Shohat T. The incidence of idiopathic intracranial hypertension in Israel from 2005 to 2007: Results of a nationwide survey. Eur J Neurol. 2014; 21(8):1055-9.

 

Mandelboim M, Bromberg M, Sherbany H, Zucker I, Yaary K, Bassal R, Dichtiar R, Cohen D, Shohat T, Mendelson E, Green MS. Significant cross reactive antibodies to influenza virus in adults and children during a period of marked antigenic drift. BMC Infect Dis. 2014; 14(1).

 

Na'amnih W, Romano-Zelekha O, Kabaha A, Rubin LP, Bilenko N, Jaber L, Honovich M, Shohat T. Prevalence of consanguineous marriages and associated factors among Israeli Bedouins. J Community Genet. 2014.

 

Na'amnih W, Romano-Zelekha O, Kabaha A, Rubin LP, Bilenko N, Jaber L ,Honovich M, Shohat T. Continuous decrease of consanguineous marriages among arabs in Israel. Am J Hum Biol. 2014; 27(1):94-8.

 

Romano-Zelekha O, Ostrovsky J, Shohat T. Increasing rates of prenatal testing among Jewish and Arab Women in Israel over one decade. Public Health Genomics. 2014; 17(4):183-9.

 

Levine H, Berman T, Goldsmith R, Gӧen T, Spungen J, Novack L, Amitai Y, Shohat T, Grotto I. Urinary concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Israeli adults: Demographic and life-style predictors. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2015; 218(1):123-31.

 

Mor O, Bassal R, Michaeli M, Wax M, Ram D,  Cohen-Ezra O, Cohen D, Mendelson E, Ben-Ari Z,T Shohat T. Prevalence of Hepatitis E virus antibodies in Israel. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015;21(4):692-4.

 

Merkin S, Arditi-Babchuk H, Shohat T. Neighborhood socioeconomic status and self-rated health in Israel: the Israel National Health Interview Survey. Int J Public Health. 2015;60(6):651-8.

 

Perry Markovich M, Glatman-Freedman A,  Bromberg M, Augarten A, Sefty H, Kaufman Z, Sherbany H, Regev L, Chodick G, Mendelson E, Shohat T, Mandelboim M, and The Israel Pediatric Upper Respiratory Infection Network. Back-to-school upper respiratory infection in preschool and primary school-age children in Israel. Ped Infect Dis J. 2015;34(5):476-81.

 

Bassal R, Ovadia A, Bromberg M, Stein M, Shainberg B, Loewenthal S, Somekh E, Cohen D, Shohat T. Risk factors for sporadic infection with Campylobacter spp. among children in Israel: A case control study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016;35(3):249-52.

 

Mor O, Ofir I, Pavel R, Bassal R, Kra-Oz K, Cohen D, Shohat T, Mendelson E. Parvovirus B19V infection in Israel: prevalence and occurrence of acute infection between 2008 and 2013. Epidemiol Infect. 2016 Jan;144(1):207-14.

 

Bakst S, Braun T, Zucker I, Amitai Z, Shohat T. The accuracy of suicide statistics: are true suicide deaths misclassified? Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2016; 51(1):115-23.

 

Mandelboim M, Glatman-Freedman A, Drori Y, Sherbany H, Pando R, Sefty H, Zadka H, Shohat T, Keller N, Mendelson E. Ineffectiveness of the 2014-2015 H3N2 influenza vaccine. Oncotarget. 2016 12;7(2):1185-92.

 

Tasher D, Rahav G, Levine H, Sofer D, Linder N, Anis E, Shohat T, Manor Y, Kopel E, Shulman LM, Mendelson E, Shalit I, Somekh E. How many OPV rounds are required to stop wild polio virus circulation in a developed country? Lessons from the Israeli experience. Vaccine. 2016;34(3):299-301.

 

Zucker I, Arditi-Babchuk H, Enav T, Shohat T. Self-Reported Diabetes and Diabetes-Related Eye Disease in Jews and Arabs in Israel. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Jan 29. [Epub ahead of print].

 

Machluf Y, Fink D, Farkash R, Rotkopf R, Pirogovsky A, Tal O, Shohat T, Weisz G, Ringler E, Dagan D, Chaiter Y. Adolescent BMI at Northern Israel: From Trends, to Associated Variables and Comorbidities, and to Medical Signatures. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016; 95(12):e3022.

 

Bakst S, Shohat T, Shohat T. The postmortem proxy-based interview-future directions. J Psychiatr Res. 2016; 75:46-56. 

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