Research Is the Heart that Pumps Cure

Israel prides itself on being a ‘start-up nation’. Among the Israelis’ most startup pride is the course of innovative and advanced medicine the country produces.

Israel also prides itself in having the largest medical center in the Middle East, which in fact is also the largest in neighboring Europe. Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer – Israel’s National Medical Facility, is as large as USC, UCLA and Cedar Sinai Medical centers combined.

And the pride is mutual. Sheba prides itself in having many years of cooperation with medical centers in the United States. One such medical center is Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, where ‘Save A Heart‘ (SAHF) Foundation, headed by Cardiologist Yzhar Charuzi, M.D., operates.

Through his Save A Heart Foundation training Yzhar Charuzi, M.D, single handedly, advanced the cardiology field in Israel, USA and the world.

Sheba has many friends, members of Friends of Sheba Medical Center. This week, Friends of Sheba Medical Center gathered at the home of Ruth and Michel Steinberger, in Los Angeles, to hear Professor Michael Shechter, a cardiologist, the Founder and the Director of Clinical Research Unit, the Olga and Lev Leviev Heart Center in Sheba Medical Center, who specializes in heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation, prevention of heart disease, nutrition, internal medicine, blood lipids and aeromedicine. Among his extensive training, between the years 1995-to-1998, Professor Shechter studied at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and received training with SAHF.

As an international expert in the field of magnesium and heart disease, Professor Shechter helps the layman understand the human being’s heart functionalities and dysfunctionalities.

According to Professor Shechter’s most used buzzwords, without the free radical nitric oxide molecule the human being cannot survive. Nitric oxide is a molecular, chemical compound with chemical formula of NO.

As a consequence of its importance in neuroscience, physiology, and immunology, nitric oxide was proclaimed “Molecule of the Year” in 1992. Research into its function led to the 1998 Nobel Prize for discovering the role of nitric oxide as a cardiovascular signaling molecule.

Also, Endothelium, the tissue that forms a single layer of cells lining various organs and cavities of the body, especially the blood vessels, heart, and lymphatic vessels. It is formed from the embryonic mesoderm and provides a wide range of supportive functions giving rise to the body’s connective tissues, blood cells, and blood vessels, as well as muscle, kidney, and many other structures and cell types.

At present, Sheba is on the path to build a premier site, state of the art innovative in cardiology and stroke therapy complex, separated for men and women, which will be the largest cardiovascular research unit in Israel and one of the best the world over. Already today, because research in Israel produces 10 times more than other research centers, the cardiology department at Sheba Medical Center attracts the cooperation of the best pharmaceutical companies giving the center access to the latest and most innovative supporting medicine and equipment.

Money donated to clinical trials is the oxygen of any medical center. However, because the medical research trajectory in Israel is so much more innovative and incentivized – combined with the local Chutzpah character – money contributed yields faster and greater results.

Sheba Medical Center is an international institute. Its contribution to medicine, research and its well-known extended hand in time of a catastrophe anywhere in the world, makes this 2000-bed medical center a vital organ to better life the world over.

Anyone who wants to can become part of this vital organ to better life for all mankind.

Sept 29 Event

Save the Date:  September 29th, 2018 – SAVE A HEART FOUNDATION GALA – at a private residence in Bel Air.

GALA 2018 SOLD OUT.  Tribute Journal closed.

You can still make a donation here and it is greatly appreciated.



If you are not able to attend the Gala but would like to make a contribution in support of research fellowships, please CLICK HERE to  go to our Donation Page to make a donation.

Full Details below.






Gala 2018 – September 29, 2018

Addressing the Heart Saver Award Gala 2018, The Founder and President of Save A Heart Foundation Yzhar Charuzi, MD:

Good evening to all.

SAHF started over 35 years ago at CSMC There were Japanese, Chinese and American fellows but few years later the foundation concentrated on Israeli research fellow. There was ample proof that the Israeli fellows were talented, conscientious and very productive in research. We had limited funding but managed over the years.

We used to have large fundraising events primarily due to the energy and devotion of then the chairman of the board the late Marty Shapiro. 2 of SAHF honorees are here tonight: Dr Dan Berman and Dr Robert Siegel, both notable mentors of a large numbers of the research fellows.

Just to give you an idea, more than 40 research fellows finished their training through the foundation, many of them are in leadership position in Israeli cardiology.
About 12 years ago the foundation went to a lull but was able to support fellow through individual donation from around the world.

The foundation kept a momentum by holding a weekly opera club which is still very much alive and active.

About 4 yrs ago Dr U Elkayam offered an opportunity to train a research fellow at USC.

Ofer Havakuk spent 2 years and returned to Israel to establish a unit of circulatory assist support at Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv. He was replaced by Gahsssan Moadi whom you will meet later.

Three years ago we restarted the fund raising Gala with Dr Elkayam being the honoree.

And here is how Dr Lepor entered the picture. I have known him since the days of his residency and continued to maintain a close professional contact over the years. He has been on the board of directors of the foundation. His political interests led him into a leading position at the 3500 members strong CAACCc. Having a strong sympathy to Israel and being impressed with the quality of Israeli research fellows he came up with a new concept which will adopt the mission of sahf but expend it beyond CSMC and USC also to other prime medical centers in the state of California.
He also thought that in reciprocity California cardiologists will go to Israel to benefit from the impressive technological development there.

When we started to plan this third fundraise in 3 years we thought that it will be just right to have the dreamer himself, Dr Norman Lepor to be our honoree. His first reaction was : “ who is going to come? The answer is here with an oversubscribed glorious event. He started as doing it as a personal favor to me but then realized who the benefactors are and hopefully changed his tone.

Let me pause and say thanks to those who make it possible: the 3rd time in a row chairman of the event the powerhouse Sarit Finkelstein Boim and to the very gracious hosts second time in three years, Dina and jerry Agam.

Money raised through this event and future events will be directed to the CAACC to serve as seed money for implementation of the:”Lepor dream”

SAHF will remain as the engine which will allow the project to grow and flourish.

I wish all of you an enjoyable and gratifying evening. Your continuous support will serve a very good cause.

Hurray to our honoree Dr Norman Lepor and to all of the supporters here and everywhere.

Thanks for the opportunity.