Prof. Doron was a tower of strength in the hospital and an active and senior member of Shaare Zedek's Management Committee for the last three decades. He had a major influence in shaping the Israeli health system and is considered one of the founding fathers of Israeli Family Medicine.
Prof. Doron, 90, passed away last night (Tuesday) at his home in Jerusalem and was buried in Beersheva. He leaves his wife, Naomi, and their three children: Rabbi Yeshayahu Doron, Amos Doron and Chana Holland, and their families.
Prof. Doron was born in 1928 in Argentina. He completed his medical studies at the University of Buenos Aires. He made Aliyah to Israel early in 1953 with his wife, Naomi, and they settled in Kibbutz Gvar-Am. He served as the first doctor in the Negev communities and in Beersheva.
He developed Family Medicine as a specialty in Israel, established and became the first director of the School of Health Professions at Tel Aviv University, and was a founder of the National Institution for Medical Services and Health Policy Research. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Ben-Gurion University, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ministry of Health and was an Honorary Fellow of the Medical Faculty at Tel Aviv University.
In addition, he was the Regional Medical Director of the Clalit Health Agency in the Negev and served as Chairperson of the agency's Central Executive.
Prof. Doron's academic activity revolved around Ben-Gurion University and Tel Aviv University. Together with Prof. Moshe Privas, he established the School of Medicine at Ben-Gurion University.
Prof. Doron published many papers on organizing health services and health policy. Together with Prof. Shifra Schwartz he compiled "Medicine in the Community" (Ben-Gurion University Press, 2004) and was the editor of and a contributor to "The Health System – Where To?" (Ben-Gurion University Press, 2009). In 2014, he published "Family Medicine in Israel – Its Origins, History and Significance" (Ben-Gurion University Press) with Prof. Shifra Schwartz and Prof. Shlomo Vinker.
May his memory be a blessing.