The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem has selected Dr. Howard Zvi Goldschmidt as its new president, succeeding Debbie Kestenbaum.
Shaare Zedek has been an important cause in Dr. Goldschmidt’s family for decades. His maternal grandfather, Herman Warisch, z”l, was a classmate and lifelong friend of Dr. Falk Schlesinger, z”l, the hospital’s second director-general. His paternal grandfather, Carl Goldschmidt, z”l, served as a board member of The American Committee in the 1960s and 1970s and was honored posthumously in the early 80s. His parents, Helen and Eric Goldschmidt, attended many Shaare Zedek dinners and concerts.
Dr. Goldschmidt himself was honored by the American Committee in 2016 for his outstanding volunteer service in providing world-class cardiac care to the people of Jerusalem and beyond.
Dr. Goldschmidt said that since 2016 he’s spent one month each year at Shaare Zedek each, working with senior physicians and residents in the Cardiology and Emergency Medicine departments, witnessin “the ethos of this unique beacon for hope and healing.”
“I believe that Shaare Zedek is one of the greatest providers of high-level medicine in a compassionate and supportive environment, making critical advancements in clinical care and research each day,” he said. “What better place is there for a cardiologist than ‘the hospital with a heart’?”
Dr. Goldschmidt attended the Yeshiva of Central Queens and Yeshiva University High School in Manhattan and received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Columbia University. He trained in internal medicine and cardiology at Mount Sinai and is currently a senior cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic Valley Heart & Vascular Institute in Ridgewood, NJ, subspecializing in interventional echocardiography for diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of valvular heart disease.