Meir Oren /
Health Policy Program Fellow
Meir Oren is the CEO and Medical Director of the Hillel-Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel. He has held this position since 1989, except for a two year period (1995-1996) in which he served as the Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Health. Additionally, he holds the academic appointment of Associate Clinical Professor at the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, the Technion – the Israeli Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
During his military service, Dr. Oren served in the paratrooper’s brigade, IDF special forces unit and retired as a Leut. Col. (reserves).
Dr. Oren has served as the Chairman of the Israeli National Advisory Committee of Hospital Preparedness for Exceptional Biological Scenarios (BW, Bioterrorism, natural events) since 1996, and Chairman of the Israeli National Council for Trauma and Emergency Medicine since 2013. He is also a long standing member (since 1996), of the Israeli Advisory Committee for Nuclear Safety, appointed by the Prime Minister. Additionally, over the years, he has also served as either Chairman or member of other national medical committees (the Epidemic Management Team, the Steering Committee for Early Detection and Surveillance of Contagious Diseases),
Dr. Oren is a graduate of The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University (1978), where he also earned his MSc in Pediatrics (1983). He received his MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (1985). He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Board Certified in Health Management and Administration.
Dr. Oren’s research interests include health policy and preparedness of the healthcare system to handle various emergency scenarios (trauma and injury control, and disaster medicine) with an emphasis on bioterrorism and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear counterterrorism.
Dr. Oren has published numerous scientific articles in the field of emergency preparedness and health policy and management. He has also actively participated in many international conferences as an invited speaker and participant.
Dr. Oren has been awarded numerous Israeli and international honors and distinctions. These include the Honorary Medal for Outstanding Achievements in the Medical Field of Public Health from the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany (2006); the Civil Service Outstanding Service Award, Israel Civil Service Commission; The Prime Minister’s Office (2009); the High End Foreign Expert, SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs), Nanjing, China (2014); and most recently, the Oasis Friendship Award, XPCC Headquarters , Xinjiang, China ( 2014).