Prof. Shifra Shvarts

Prof. Shifra Shvarts Profile

Professor
PhD, 1993

Department : Faculty of Health Sciences
Room : 215
בנין משרדי רפואה ע"ש אליה - M7
Phone : 972-8-6477286
Email : shvarts@bgu.ac.il
Office Hours :  
Health insurance, Health care, Medical humanities, History of medicine, Ringworm

Education

  • BA. - 1973 - History and Geography, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • MA. - 1986 - History, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • Ph.D. - 1993 - Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Research Projects

  • History of health services in Israel, History of public health in Israel during the 1950s, health and immigration history in Israel,
  • The development of Kupat Holin Ha-Clalit -Clalit Health Fund.

Research Abstract

  • The ideological, political, social and cultural roots of Israel health system during the pre-state period (1838-1948) and the early years of the State (1948-1960); The changes in the health system that took place in the State of Israel following independence. These studies produced three scientific books in Hebrew and English that received the Einhorn Prize for Hebrew Medical Literature.
  • Israel and health policy in a global era : A research into the operations of international health and welfare organizations in Israel (UNICEF, WHO) and the State of Israel’s operation within these organizational frameworks.
  • Ringworm and irradiation- the ways various countries in the world, including Israel, have grappled with latent negative health risks and other ramifications of irradiation in childhood as a treatment regime for ringworm, and subsequent social aspects of this treatment that have arisen, reflected in legislation of a Compensation for Ringworm Victims Law by Israel and debate elsewhere over how best inform former patients and monitor them.

Research Topics

  • History of medicine.
  • Development of Israel health care system.
  • Ringworm ( tinea capitis ) and irradiation- history of treatment.

Publications and funding summary / representative publications and grants

Honors, Citation Awards:

  • 2012 - Article selected as one of the highlights of the decade and made it available freely through Cambridge University Press platforms.

Editorship of collective volumes:

  • Jotkowitz A., Shvarts S.,  Autonomy, Altruism and Authority in Medical Ethics: Essays in Honor of Professor Shimon Glick,, Nova Science Publishers Inc. NY, 2015 (205 pp).
  • Jotkowitz A., Shvarts S.,  Autonomy, Altruism and Authority in Medical Ethics: Essays in Honor of Professor Shimon Glick, Ben Gurion University Publication 2016, (Hebrew).

Chapters in books, collective volumes and Proceedings:

  • Shvarts S., Between Health and Politics-The Roots of the Medico-Ethical Culture in Israel Health Care System and Services ( Gil Sigal ed….) The Zionisat Library- Bialik Publication, Jerusalem ( accepted 2-2014)
  • Shvarts S., Netzer M., Medicine in Crisis - Israel health care system during the 4th decade of the State of Israel , book chapter,  2016,  Yad Ben Zvi,) pp.223-233 (Heb.)
  • Shvarts S., Golan O., Kaplan G., Separate but Equal: Roots of Principles of Equality and Mutual Assistance in the Israeli Health System, in Autonomy, Altruism and Authority in Medical Ethics: Essays in Honor of Professor Shimon Glick (A Jotkowitz and S. Shvarts eds), NOVA Sciences pub. 2015,  pp.123-146.

Refereed Articles in Scientific Journals:

  • Shvarts S., et al. The mass campaign to eradicate ringworm among the Jewish community in Eastern Europe 1921-1938 , American Journal of Public Health. 2013, 103(4):e56-e66.(if 4.552)
  • Berman-Kishony T., Shvarts S., "Universal versus tailored solutions for alleviating disruptive behavior in hospitals", Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, Sept. 2015. DOI: 10.1186/s13584-015-0018-7 URL: 
  • Benharroch D., Shvarts S., Shelef I.,  Will the computerized tomography scanner and the magnetic resonance imaging terminate the era of the autopsy, the infinite medical teacher ,  Journal of Cancer , 2016,7(1):115-120.
  • Clarfield, M.,  Manor O., Binnun G.,  Shvarts S., Azzam Z., Afek A., Basis F., ,Israeli A.Health and  health care  in Israel : an introduction, The Lancet, (accepted for publication 9-2016)

Research Grants:

  • 2004-2007, The Israel Science Foundation (ISF) , Shvarts S.(PI), Tzahor Z.(PI), Health and Health Policy during the Mass Immigration Period in Israel, 1948-1956, ($50,308).
  • 2016-2019. The Israel Science Foundation (ISF 611/16) , Shvarts S.(PI), Segal- Engelchin D., (PI) Silenced Voices: Women Treated by Irradiation for Ringworm in the 1950s - Historical, Health  and Psychosocial Perspectives ($150,000).

Books:

  • Shvarts S., Kupat- Holim Haclalit, The General Sick Fund, 1911-1937, Ben Gurion Research Center& Ben Gurion University Press, 1997, (Hebrew, 221pp.)
  • Shvarts S., Kupat Holim, The Histadruth And The Government, Ben Gurion University Press & Beith Berl Press 2000,(Hebrew ,288 pp.).
  • Shvarts S., The Workers' Health Fund in Eretz Israel, The University of Rochester NY and Boydell& Brewer Press ,UK November, 2002,(340 pp.), (ci-2).
  • Shehory-Rubin Z., Shvarts S., "Hadassah" for the Health of the People, Hasifria Hazionit, Jerusalem, 2003, (Hebrew, 222 pp.).
  • Shvarts S., Shehory-Rubin Z., "Hadassah" for the Health of the People, Samuel Watchman's Sons Inc. & Dekel Academic Press, Tel Aviv, 2012, 298 pp. 
  • Doron H., Shvarts S., Medicine in the Community, Ben Gurion University Press, 2004, (Hebrew, 264 pp.).
  • Shvarts S., Health and Zionism, The University of Rochester NY and Boydell& Brewer Press ,UK, 2008, (322 pages).
  • Shehory-Rubin Z., Shvarts S., "Alexandra Belkind: A Story of a Pioneering Jewish Woman Doctor", Bahur Pub. 2012 (Hebrew, 157 pp.)
  • Doron H., Shvarts S., Vinker A., Family Medicine in Israel, Ben Gurion University Publication and the Bialik Institute, 2014 (Heb. 204 pp.)
  • Stoler-Liss, Shvarts.  S., Shani M., To Be a Healthy Nations, Ben Gurion University Publication and the Bialik Institute, 2016 (Heb. 338 pp,).
  • Jotkowitz A., Shvarts S.,  Autonomy, Altruism and Authority in Medical Ethics: Essays in Honor of Professor Shimon Glick,, Nova Science Publishers Inc. NY, 2015 (205 pp).
  • Jotkowitz A., Shvarts S.,  Autonomy, Altruism and Authority in Medical Ethics: Essays in Honor of Professor Shimon Glick, Ben Gurion University Publication 2016, (Hebrew).

 

 

 

Existing collaborations

  • Mordechai Shani , Tel Aviv University, the history of Israel public health policy.

Suggested multi-disciplinary research project / research focus topics

  • History of public health policy 20 th century.
  • Ringworm and irradiation history of treatment in Israel 1950s