Director, Rambam Health Care Campus Professor, Medicine & Biomedical Engineering, Technion, Israel
Professor Rafael (Rafi) Beyar was born in Tel Aviv in 1952, graduated from the School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University in 1977 (MD), the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1983 (DSc), and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in 2008 (MPH). In 1983, Prof. Beyar founded the Heart System Research Center at the Technion, where he served as Coordinator and Director.
He completed his residency in medicine at Rambam (1983-1985) and a fellowship in cardiology at Johns Hopkins University (1985-1987). In 1996, he was appointed Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at the Technion. He is also the Director of the Division of Invasive Cardiology at Rambam since 1996, and served as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University for several years.
In 1998, Prof. Beyar was elected Dean of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion and served for the full six-year term. Under his leadership, Professor Avram Hershko and Professor Aaron Ciechanover were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in October 2004.
Professor Beyar has received prestigious prizes over the course of his career, including the Taub Prize for excellence in Research in 1999, and the Michelle Mirowski Award for Accomplishments in Cardiovascular Medicine, from the Israeli Heart Association in 2002. In 2005 Prof. Beyar was nominated to the prestigious Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars for his worldwide contribution to cardiovascular science and for establishing the Technion-Johns Hopkins Collaboration Program on Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.
Since February 2006, Prof. Beyar has been serving as the Director of Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, the major academic hospital serving Northern Israel. Beyar’s research and clinical interests range from mathematical simulation to imaging and analysis of the cardiovascular system, as well as the development of stents and new technologies in cardiology. He developed the first robotic catheterization system in the world which was subsequently approved by the FDA and is now used in clinical practice. He has authored over 220 scientific publications and 15 books, is the founding editor of Acute Cardiac Care Journal, endorsed by the European Society of Cardiology, and is organizer and founder of leading professional cardiovascular meetings combining basic cardiovascular research, clinical cardiology and cardiovascular innovations.