Rafael Beyar (Rafi) is the immediate former Director and CEO of Rambam Health Care Campus (2006-2019). He is a Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at the Technion and served as Dean of the Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine (1999-2004). Under his term as Dean, the Johns Hopkins Technion-Collaboration Program was established, and Professors Hershko and Chiechanover were awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Beyer received an MD from Tel Aviv University (1977), DSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Technion (1983), and MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University (2008). His clinical training was at Rambam and at Johns Hopkins Cardiology. He served as the Director of Interventional Cardiology at Rambam from 1996-2006.
During his term as Rambam’s Director, Beyar successfully guided the hospital through the 2006 Second Lebanon War, during which the hospital was under fire. Following the war, Beyar led the hospital through the Vision of Adam program, a program planned in partnership with Eitan and Ariella Wertheimer, emphasizing the intertwining of superb medical care and healing environment with technology, and humanity, concomitant with education, research, and innovation. Through his leadership, he led the visionary development of the 2,000-bed Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital – the largest of its kind in the world, the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital and the Joseph Fishman Oncology Center. He also laid the foundations and continues to lead the efforts to complete the Eyal Ofer Heart Hospital and Helmsley Health Discovery Tower, a one-of-a-kind hybrid for clinical, academic, and industrial collaboration, in cooperation with the University of Haifa and the Technion. Beyar also established Rambam MedTech and spearheaded the hospital’s role for the establishment of the MindUp Incubator on Digital Health. Among his national posts, Beyar was chair of the Israeli Basket committee (2010-2014) and serves as the Chair of the Steering committee for the Israeli Organ Transplant Center.
A practicing interventional cardiologist, innovative researcher, inventor, and entrepreneur, Beyar co-authors more than 300 publications and 15 books, is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his achievements, including The Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars Award for International Excellence and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Haifa. He co-founded successful medical device companies for coronary stents and a first-in-the-world robotic coronary intervention, now used worldwide. He founded and co-chairs with Prof Chaim Lotan the Innovation in Cardiovascular Interventions meeting (ICI) since 1996.