The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem has elected Dr. Howard Zvi Goldschmidt of Teaneck as its new president. He takes over for Debbie Kestenbaum, who served for the last three years.
Dr. Goldschmidt’s maternal grandfather, Herman Warisch, was a classmate and lifelong friend of Dr. Falk Schlesinger, the hospital’s second director-general. His paternal grandfather, Carl Goldschmidt, was an American Committee board member in the 1960s and 1970s and was honored posthumously in the 1980s. His parents, Helen and Eric Goldschmidt, were strong supporters of Shaare Zedek, and Dr. Goldschmidt 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.
“I feel honored to be stepping into the role of president of this amazing institution,” Dr. Goldschmidt said. “It has been my privilege since 2016 to spend a month at Shaare Zedek each year, working with senior physicians and residents in the cardiology and emergency medicine departments. During my visits, I have had the opportunity to fully understand 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. I see it as my mission to get as many people as possible to visit the Hospital so that together, we can help make Shaare Zedek even greater than it is today. After all, 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 a senior cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic Valley Heart & Vascular Institute in Ridgewood, subspecializing in interventional echocardiography for diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of valvular heart disease.
Dr. Goldschmidt’s wife, Debbie, is an immigration lawyer in Manhattan. The Goldschmidts have four children, Ari, Noah, Alyssa, and Eli, and four grandchildren, Eitan, Ezra, Lior, and Ami.
The American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem provides financial support to fund services, capital projects, research, and equipment for the Jerusalem hospital. Founded in 1902, Shaare Zedek has been known for more than a century as the “Hospital with a Heart.” Patients come to Shaare Zedek seeking top level treatment in a compassionate, supportive, and nurturing environment. Today, with international accreditation, Shaare Zedek provides industry leading, cutting-edge medical care, and its reputation continues to grow.