Prof. Barac Yaron
Bypass surgery, Heart valve repair and replacement surgery, Aorta surgery, Heart and Lung transplantation and LVAD implantation
|Line of Business:
|Bypass surgery, Heart valve repair and replacement surgery, Aorta surgery, Heart and Lung transplantation and LVAD implantation
|Thoracic Cavity Transplantations Unit, Beilinson Hospital
Herzliya Medical Center, 4 Eli Landau St., Herzliya Pituach
Prof. Yaron Barac
Director; Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program Rabin Medical Center
Prof. Barac Yaron
About Prof. Barac Yaron
Prof. Yaron Barac is a distinguished expert in the field of cardiac surgery, renowned for his ground-breaking work in complex artery bypass surgeries, aorta surgeries, valve repair or replacement surgeries, as well as heart and lung transplantation and LVAD implantation. As the head of the Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Rabin Medical Center and the Head of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Translational Research Laboratory, Prof. Barac has made significant contributions to the medical community.
With an illustrious career spanning several decades, Prof. Barac’s expertise lies in implementing cutting-edge principles in cardiac surgery, particularly for patients with low EF (ejection fraction).
His approaches include:
Bypass Surgery: Using arterial bypasses and minimally invasive endoscopic technology for vein harvesting, ensuring more successful and less invasive procedures.
Heart Valve Surgery: He employs innovative methods for repairing and replacing heart valves, improving patient outcomes and quality of life.
Aorta Surgery: Prof. Barac has integrated advanced techniques in aorta replacement surgeries, raising the standard of care for patients with aortic conditions.
Prof. Barac’s exceptional academic journey includes serving as an associate professor of surgery and cardiac physiology at Tel-Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine. His research accomplishments have earned him numerous awards, research grants, and scholarships, solidifying his position as a leading expert in the field. Prof. Barac is a sought-after speaker at prestigious conferences, where he shares his insights on cutting-edge surgical techniques and research advancements.
Throughout his illustrious career, Prof. Barac has contributed extensively to medical literature, publishing over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and authoring textbook chapters on cardiac surgery, heart and lung transplantations, and related topics. He also holds the distinguished role of editor for the heart and lung transplantation and LVAD implantation textbook.
Prof. Barac’s commitment to education and mentoring is evident in his role as a global trainer for surgeons, cardiologists, and pulmonologists, contributing to the development of skilled medical professionals worldwide. His expertise in the field of heart and lung transplantation and mechanical support led to his appointment as an associate editor for JHLT open, the most prestigious professional journal in this domain.
A cum laude graduate from the Technion’s School of Medicine, Prof. Barac holds both a Ph.D. and an M.D. He completed his residency in cardiac surgery at Rabin Medical Center, followed by a transformative 3-year fellowship at Duke University, a world-renowned transplantation center. During his fellowship, he honed his skills in complex heart valve and bypass surgeries, aortic surgeries, and heart and lung transplantations, as well as LVAD implantation.
Prof. Barac’s dedication to improving medical care in Israel is exemplified by performing several types of pioneering surgeries that were previously not attempted in the country, pushing the boundaries of medical advancement.
Outside of his remarkable medical career, Prof. Barac serves as an officer (Major) in an IDF special forces elite unit, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to both medicine and his country.
Research remains at the heart of Prof. Barac’s mission, and his current focus is on understanding cardiac molecular processes related to cardiomegaly, hypertension, and myocardial ischemia. He skilfully integrates various models, utilizing tissue cultures and animal testing to simulate clinical conditions.
One of Prof. Barac’s most notable achievements is the development of a groundbreaking drug for treating heart failure and preventing cardiac damage due to myocardial ischemia. This drug underwent rigorous testing in various animal models to prove its efficacy, ultimately leading to its licensing by a major pharmaceutical company.
In recent years, Prof. Barac’s research, generously funded by the Israel Academy of Sciences and the Germany Israel Foundation, has been centred on the molecular characterization of reverse cardiac remodelling. Collaborating with Nobel Laureate Prof. Ciechanover, the research aims to induce cardiac recovery in heart failure patients with an artificial heart, employing genetically modified stem cells and innovative tools like tissue engineering.
Furthermore, Prof. Barac’s clinical research complements his remarkable work in the field of heart surgeries and heart and lung transplantation. His use of global databases enhances scientific knowledge in the field, leading to improved patient care and medical advancements.
With his relentless pursuit of excellence and ground-breaking contributions to the field of cardiac surgery, Prof. Yaron Barac remains an inspiration and a driving force for innovation in the medical world, positively impacting the lives of countless patients and pushing the boundaries of medical science.
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