Professor Alexander Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., the Director of the Department of Faculty of Medicine in Galilee, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, is considered one of the foremost authorities in the field of severe war injuries treatment.
With more than 30 years of clinical experience in the field of reconstructive orthopaedic surgery Professor Lerner has achieved an incomparable success in saving limbs which under ordinary medical circumstances would result in amputation. Professor Lerner’s knowledge and reputation is witnessed even more by being invited regularly to lecture at international conferences and courses around the world.
“With the aim not just to save lives but also to improve the quality of life, our surgical and orthopedic staff try their utmost to avoid limb amputations. Thus, many patients return to Syria able to walk. This means re-operating several times, prolonging the hospitalization period, and sending patients back to Syria with orthopedic devices that are extremely costly, such as the Ilizarov apparatus (a type of external fixation used in orthopedic surgery to lengthen or reshape limb bones and to treat complex and/or open bone fractures). After discharge, the wounded return to Syria with medications, medical documents in Arabic or English, and, in relevant cases, with medical devices to help them in a country whose health care system has to all intents and purposes collapsed.”
Thanks to the work of doctors such as Professor Lerner, their chances are not only to keep their lives but also of having a future. He deserves the Nobel Peace Prize!