New in the Brain Unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center


New Clinic for Treating Movement Disorders, Parkinson's and Botox Treatments, under the Leadership of Dr. Gilad Yahalom



Shaare Zedek Medical Center has recently opened a new Clinic for treating Parkinson's Disease, Botox treatments and treatments for neurological movement disorders.

Dr. Gilad Yahalom, a Movement Disorders specialist who has recently joined our Neurological Department team, is in charge of the new Clinic.

Dr. Yahalom, a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Amsterdam, served until recently as a Senior Doctor in the Neurological Department and in the Movement Disorders Institute at the Sheba Medical Center, Deputy Director for Movement Disorders at Sheba and Researcher and Senior Lecturer in the Neurology Department at Tel Aviv University.

With the establishment of this Movement Disorders Clinic, Shaare Zedek's Neurological Department will provide medical solutions to all neurological treatments: strokes, a Headache Clinic, movement disorders.

Prof. Ofer Merin, Director-General: "Shaare Zedek's Brain Unit, in the three years it has been operating, has become one of the leading institutions in the country. This is largely due to the best doctors, the best equipment and technologies and to Shaare Zedek's overall medical excellence. The addition of Dr. Yahalom to Shaare Zedek is very significant news for local residents and we at Shaare Zedek will continue to invest and develop the best medical services with the leading specialists in the field."

Dr. Roni Eichel, Director, Neurology Department: "With the opening of this new Clinic for Movement Disorders, the Neurological Department at Shaare Zedek can now provide an excellent response to the entire range of neurological diseases and problems. I am very happy that Dr. Yahalom has joined the Shaare Zedek team and now Jerusalem residents have one address for all top-level neurological treatments."

Dr. Gilad Yahalom, Director, Movement Disorders Clinic: "I am overjoyed to be joining Shaare Zedek's Brain Unit team of specialists. Movement Disorders are a significant part of treating neurological disease and opening the new clinic at Shaare Zedek is first and foremost great news for those patients who will now be able to benefit from the best and most comprehensive treatment from top experts in the field."

The new clinic's services include treatment and supervision for Parkinson's sufferers, 

treatment for walking disorders, essential tremor, dystonia, tics (including Tourette's Syndrome), facial distortion, and more.

The Botulinum Clinic at Shaare Zedek Medical Center is unique in Israel. Some of the treatments are given with ultrasound, and the accuracy of the injections is very high. The effectiveness of the injection is also very good and side effects are extremely rare.

Dr. Gilad Yahalom is a pioneer in the field of Movement Disorders. He began injecting botulinum accompanied by ultrasound and has since acquired a very high level of skill and much experience in this treatment.

Botulinum treatment is offered for the following diseases:

Hemifacial spasm (HFS) – a very annoying disorder – in which half the face becomes distorted – that causes great social embarrassment. Botulinum injections into the affected facial muscles have been proven as the most effective treatment for this disorder.

Post Bell's Palsy Synkinesis – similar to HFS, it also involves facial distortion after facial palsy. Also socially uncomfortable and can be much relieved through botulinum injections.

Blepharospasm – tic-like movements with involuntary eye closure. Patients react very well to botulinum treatment.

Neck Dystonia – involuntary neck positions that can cause social embarrassment, trembling, discomfort and pain. Botulinum treatment is very effective.

Spastic Tone after a Stroke – the injection reduces the hand's involuntary movement and thus heals it. The botulinum injection into the arm can reduce pain, cause a clenched fist to open and restore partial functioning to the hand, and/or prevent shortened tendons as a result of the chronic spastic tone.  

Botulinum toxin is also prescribed for disorders not included in the health basket, and with high levels of success, such as:

Hypersalivation – injection into the salivary glands.

Tics – if the tics involve one muscle group or a few muscle groups, we can inject with excellent results. For example, eye or neck tics.

Spasticity of the hands or legs, not as a result of a stroke.

Limb dystonia.

Jaw or bruxism dystonia.