Former Director of Hematology-Oncology at Schneider
Children's Medical Center of Israel receives Israel Prize for Medical
Rina Zaizov Marx, a brilliant scientist, and an outstanding
physician endowed with the highest standards of skill, compassion and
virtue, laid the foundations for Pediatric Oncology in Israel and was the
first director of the Hematology-Oncology Department at Schneider
Children’s Medical Center of Israel.
|She serves as the Chief Consultant
for Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Clalit Health Service, and is
the Incumbent of the Josefina Maus and Gabriela Caserman Mause,
Chair in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Sackler School of
Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
|Prof. Zaizov Marx is an
exemplary researcher of international renown, who spearheaded new
protocols in the treatment of childhood cancer.
her specialization as a Pediatric Oncologist in the United
States in 1959, Prof. Zaizov Marx introduced the specialty in Israel. By
1973, her department had evolved into a national center for children with
malignant diseases, and with the opening of the Bone Marrow
Transplantation Unit at Schneider Children’s, the department became the
largest center in the country for the treatment of children with cancer.
The National Referral Center, which she headed with distinguished and
sensitive leadership, was blessed with vast knowledge providing the most
advanced treatment available in the world.
Prof. Zaizov Marx determined the method of treatment in the
department, inculcated progressive approaches, conducted research and
served as consultant to Pediatric Oncology departments throughout the
world. She introduced the concept of “Curative Intent” and drastically
changed thinking patterns of many physicians in the country when she
presented her findings on the treatment of Leukemia by chemotherapy.
Doctors understood for the first time that it was possible to cure
idea of “Total Care” was another of Prof. Zaizov Marx’s brainstorms,
whereby the provision of comprehensive treatment played a decisive role
not only in medical care, but also in supportive emotional care of both
the child and his family.
Zaizov Marx placed special emphasis on the development of
advanced therapies that had a greater success rate with fewer side
effects. She worked intensively to formulate new protocols, which were
widely publicized among oncologists around the globe and adopted by many
other institutions. In addition, she founded the Pediatric
Hematology-Oncology Society in Israel. Prof. Zaizov Marx indisputably
transformed the profession into a specialized and organized discipline.
Zaizov Marx’s significant achievements were accompanied by
extensive efforts in auxiliary research and diagnostic laboratories, which
she established. The accurate diagnosis of the type of cancerous tumor
represented the first stage in precise treatment and the reduction of
difficult side effects. Her investigative studies led her to write more
than 180 professional papers, contributing mainly to the field of
Hematology in Newborns, Alpha Thalessemia, Gaucher’s Disease, childhood
malignancies and more. Her research was published in top medical journals
and magazines and at medical conferences, and largely influenced the
improvement in therapeutic techniques for the treatment of devastating and
rare complex diseases. During the course of her career, Prof. Zaizov Marx
was bestowed the title of Professor in Pediatrics by the Sackler School of
Medicine at Tel Aviv University.
development of her academic and scientific skills, Prof. Zaizov Marx
fostered community outreach through the strengthening of ties between the
medical team, the patients and their families, and the community. Towards
this end, she founded a public association of parents of sick children
called “Amutat Chaim”, which has become an integral element in the
treatment of children.
the framework of her activities on behalf of the Israel Cancer Society,
Prof. Zaizov Marx established national workshops for the study of oncology
and also for the exposure and review of research achievements in the
mention must be made of Prof. Zaizov Marx’s humanitarian
attributes of concern and fortitude. She dedicated herself to her work and
to every medical, emotional and social problem of her patients throughout
every hour of the day. There can be no doubt that through her personal
example to her staff, the success of treatment in the department places
her among the foremost practitioners in the world.
“Professor Zaizov Marx
is the Lord clothed in white, standing at the head of a team of white
angels,” said Israeli actress, Gila Almagor, herself an Israel Prize
Children’s Medical Center of Israel is indelibly proud of
Prof. Zaizov Marx’s outstanding accomplishments, which represent the
highest standards of medical excellence and human compassion.
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