Chair of Division of Emergency Medicine, Tel Aviv Medical Center Pinchas (“Pinny”) Halpern, M.D., graduated from the Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine in 1977. He trained in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Israeli Navy Diving Medical Institute (19801982). He then trained in Intensive Care, first at Rambam Hospital (1982-1984) then at the Ohio State University in the US (1987-1989). He was Vice Chair of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the TASMC, and since 1994 is Chair – Department of Emergency Medicine, TASMC. He is Associate Clinical Professor in Anesthesia, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, TelAviv University. He is Visiting Professor at the Universities of Eastern Piedmont, Italy and the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and Staff Member of the European Master of Disaster Medicine.
1992- current: Chief diving medical officer for the Israeli Bureau of sports diving. Past President of the Israeli Association for Emergency Medicine. Past member of the Magen David Adom National EMS (MDA) Board of Directors (2001-2015), current Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of MDA. Past Member of the Board of Directors of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM). Member of multiple national committees on emergency and disaster preparedness and leads the effort of critical care in disasters. Member of the Board of Directors or Medical Advisory Board of a number of biotechnology companies focussing on emergency and disaster management, and 20 years experience in medical device development and implementation.
Prof. Halpern led training missions in Emergency and Disaster Medicine to Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Jordan, Poland, and USA among other places and participated in disaster relief efforts in the Turkey earthquake.