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Israeli doctors in Boston say they are used to treating victims and terrorists at the same time

By Mason White 2:13 PM April 21, 2013
Professor Kevin Tabb 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) Several top Israeli doctors in the Boston hospital currently treating the Boston terrorist said that they are used to treating victims and terrorists at the same time. They were reminded of home when they were doctors in Israel, according to press reports in ISrael.

Many of the wounded in the attacks during the Boston Marathon on Monday were taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Several days later, on Friday, the two suspected terrorists, Tamerlane and Dzohkhar Tsarnaev were admitted separately to the emergency room of the hospital after suffering injuries from their encounter with the police. The older brother, Tamerlane, later died as a result of his injuries.

Two of the hospital’s most senior officials are Israelis, who actively participated in the unfolding drama of the last few days.

Professor Kevin Tabb has served as president of the medical center and CEO since September 2011. Tabb studied medicine at the Hebrew University, where he earned his degree. According to the website of Beth Israel Deaconess, Tabb was born in the United States, he immigrated to Israel at the age of 18 and served in the Israel Defense Forces. Tabb completed his residency in internal medicine at Hadassah Medical Center, and after 20 years in Israel, he returned to the U.S.

“Unfortunately, the way events unfolded was very similar to what we used to see in Israel,” Tabb said. “It’s hard, but you have to ignore the emotions at the door and treat any patient who comes in,” he added.

Tabb praised the hospital medical team for doing “an amazing job”. He noted that the alleged terrorists were given the same level of medical care as their victims.

“Every time an injured party reaches the emergency room trauma section, doctors and nurses do what they are trained to do, and forget everything else,” Tabb said.

Talmor, another senior Israeli born doctor at the hospital, was born in Jerusalem and studied medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he graduated in 1991. He arrived to Boston 12 years ago and decided to stay in the U.S.

“I remember how, when I worked at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheba, we had wounded soldiers lying alongside terrorists,” Talmor said.

“I must say that these doctors deserve praise. It would be extremely difficult for me to be able to ignore my emotions if I would see a wounded terrorist enter a hospital. Maybe that is why I am not a doctor,” Melvin Gray, 50, of Boston Massachusetts told after learning about the doctors.

Last week, doctors praised an Israeli team for properly preparing the Boston hospital in the event of a terror attack.
As we reported last week, a top doctor at the Boston hospital where many injured were treated credited an Israeli team who set up the hospital to be able to treat victims of terror attacks, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The doctor said that the Israeli team taught his team how to respond to such disastrous attacks.

“About two years ago, in fact, we asked the Israelis to come down here and they helped us create our disaster team so we can respond to these type of attacks,” Alastair Conn, director of Emergency Services at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in response to a question about the readiness of its staff to handle the trauma of this magnitude.

In a response to a question from a reporter the doctor said: “Oh, absolutely, absolutely this is like a bomb explosion we hear in the news in Iraq or Israel or some other tragic place in the world,” he said.

“After listening to this doctor I think other hospitals in the United States should invite that Israeli team in order to better prepare their hospital in the event of a terror attack,” Dennis Goldstein, 30, of Boston, Massachusetts told after listening to the doctor’s statements.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view