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On the Job: Neurologist

Rhona Lewis

Why does your head hurt before a test? What is ADD? What is a nervous tic? How does a neurologist treat all this? Mishpacha Junior spoke to Dr. Michael Pitem, a neurologist inRehovot,Israel, to find out.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


 What inspired you to become a neurologist?

I was always interested in the brain and how it works. I also liked figuring out what motivates a person, so neurology was the perfect choice for me. I studied at theAlbertEinsteinCollegeinNew Yorkand once I finished my studies, internship, and residency (12 years in all), I began to work in theBrookdaleHospitalinBrooklyn. I worked there for 15 years before I made aliyah.


What made you move to Israel?

Very simple: I wanted to help Jews. Once I treated a 90-year-old Yemenite man. Before he left, he called me to stand next to him, put his hand on my head and gave me a very moving brachah yevorechecha Hashem v’yishmereicha. None of my patients inAmerica ever did that!


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