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ENT – Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Unit


Department Director: Dr. Itzhak Braverman, Clinical Assistant Prof.

Head Inpatient Nurse: Ms. Sara Badash

Coordinating Nurse: Ms. Smadar Abargil

Head Clinic Nurse: Ms. Bella Rabinovich

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Senior Physicians:

Dr. Galit Avior

Dr. Golda Greenblatt

Dr. Muhammad Taha


Physicians on Duty:

Dr. Alexander Eisenberg

Dr. Andrey Govrev

Dr. Yuri Pastochov

Dr. Ze’ev Levitas

Dr. Konstantin Charnik



Ms. Shiri Gruber

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The ENT – Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Unit at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center treats diseases and disorders of the nose and sinuses, mouth and pharynx, throat, ears and head-neck area. The unit is part of the national center for treatment of OPMD (oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy ), working in conjunction with Prof. Sergio Bluman of the HYMC Neurology Department. The unit specializes in treatment of sinonasal diseases, including treatment of sleep apnea, head-neck tumors and pediatric ENT diseases. Emergency and elective ENT services are provided to both children and adults.


Unit services include: 

  • Sinonasal surgery o Pediatric ENT care o Treatment of hoarseness and voice disorders 
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgeries 
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea Clinic 
  • Hearing and Speech Service

The unit is affiliated with the Technion's Faculty of Medicine.


The Nose and Sinus Service

The unit is experienced in endoscopic surgery (a minimally invasive surgical technique) of the nose and sinuses (FESS), in which the natural sinus drainages are expanded to facilitate normal, optimal sinus function.

Unit doctors also treat acute and chronic sinusitis, polyps, allergies and sinus headaches by surgically repairing the nasal deformity and treating both benign and malignant tumors in the nose and sinuses. All of the surgeries in the unit are performed using the most advanced technology available.


The Pediatric ENT Service

If your child suffers from chronic ear infections, fluid in the ear, snoring, sleep apnea, chronic runny nose or repeated tonsillitis – we may be able to resolve these problems to your complete satisfaction.

We use sophisticated (fiber optics) devices to diagnose and treat acute and chronic ear infections, fluid in the ear and upper airway obstructions that manifest as snoring. We also surgically insert ventilation tubes for ear infections, perform adenoidectomies, tonsillectomies and a wide range of ear surgeries in addition to providing services for respiratory problems originating in the larynx or trachea as well as congenital cysts in the necks of children.


The Voice and Throat Service

We work together with the Speech and Hearing Service to evaluate hoarseness and voice. In addition, we perform microlaryngoscopy surgery to treat problems with the vocal cords, surgery to remove malignant tumors in the throat, and speech restoration in patients who have undergone laryngectomies. In the case of total laryngectomies, the surgeon creates a surgical fistula (duct) between the trachea and esophagus in which he inserts a voice prosthesis.


Head and neck and thyroid surgery

The unit operates a thyroid clinic which deals with diagnosis and treatment of nodules of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. The treatment includes surgery when required, as well as use of innovative and advanced technologies.

For more information about the clinic >> 


Treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

The clinic assesses patients complaining of snoring. As part of the assessment and prior to surgery, sleep endoscopy is performed. The various treatments offered include coblation, targeting the affected areas in the nasal and pharyngeal cavities, and, when necessary, adopting conservative treatments whenever they are found to be more suitable.


The Hearing and Speech Institute

The Hearing and Speech Institute treats patients suffering from enunciation disorders, speech delays, speech disorders following cerebral events, etc. We conduct hearing tests on children and adults, using the BERA (functional recording of ascending brain stem auditory pathways) tests to examine the auditory nerve. In addition, the institute treats swallowing disorders and speech prostheses in patients who have undergone laryngectomies.


Swallowing Clinic

Dr. Galit Avior runs this clinic, in which patients meet with physicians, speech therapists and dieticians, who all use advanced medical equipment.

The Service soon hopes to add a device to test cochlear echos known as the OAE – Otoacoustic Emissions.


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About the Senior Staff

Department Founder – The late Dr. Oestfeld

The late Dr. Erwin Oestfeld founded and headed the department from 1981-1999 and worked tirelessly to promote it. Dr. Oestfeld participated in an international study that proved a mathematical explanation of the gas composition and pressure regulation mechanisms in the middle ear. For more information about the study – click here.


Department Director – Dr. Itzhak Braverman, Assistant Clinical Prof

Dr. Braverman is a graduate of the Technion's Faculty of Medicine in Haifa, completed specialty training in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Hadassah, Jerusalem in 1995 and completed advanced training in subject of sino-nasal problems and endoscopic sinus surgery at The Jewish General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


Dr. Braverman served as senior physician at Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, and at Carmel Hospital, Haifa through 1999. Since 2000, Dr. Braverman has been Director of the ENT department at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. Dr. Braverman lectures at the Technion's Faculty of Medicine in Haifa.


Dr. Braverman specialized in sino-nasal surgery overseas, having undergone extensive training and attending numerous courses on the subject. He performs sinus surgeries using both standard and cutting-edge methods. In addition, Dr. Braverman specialized in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea in children and adults, an area that has progressed in particular due to coblation technology – which improves the patient's quality of life.


Scientific Publications:


Assistant Clinical Prof Dr. Braverman has published dozens of articles in international journals, participated in numerous conferences and been invited to various courses and conferences on rhinology and treatment of sleep apnea.


Some of the clinical work and studies include foreign bodies in the upper digestive tract, rhinolalia, mitochondrial deafness, herpes zoster in the head and neck, ciliary function in the upper respiratory tract, laser treatment of tracheal problems and work on blast injuries from terrorist attacks.


Dr. Galit Avior – ENT Specialist

Dr. Avior completed her medical studies and received her MD with honors from the Technion's Faculty of Medicine.


She completed her specialization in ear, nose and throat as well as head and neck surgery at Ichilov Hospital, with emphasis on head and neck surgery She then went on for additional training on swallowing and head surgery at Tenon Hospital in Paris, France.


Dr. Avior coordinates the treatment of head and neck disorders, including head and neck oncology. In recent years, working jointly with Dr. Anat Jaffe from the Endocrinology Institute, she runs a unique service for treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders, which includes sonar-guided puncture of the gland, thyroid clinic, surgery and endocrinological follow up.


Dr. Avior also provides treatment and performs ENT surgery children and has attended courses on ear surgery, and a temporal bone course at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in 2002, as well as another course in 2004 at the House-Ear Institute in Los Angeles, USA.


Scientific Publications:


Dr. Galit Avior published a Basic Science paper that won the Prof. Podoshin Prize on The Effect of Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy on Inattention and Impulsivity as Measured by the Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) in Children with OSA, published in the Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.


Dr. Golda Greenblatt – ENT Specialist

Dr. Greenblatt earned her medical degree in Croatia and specialized in ENT at Hadassah in Jerusalem. Dr. Greenblatt coordinates ear surgeries in the department.

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Useful information

Number of Beds:




In-Patient Building B, 4th floor, with General Surgery B Department.


Telephone Numbers:

Appointments – 04-7744252 (Monday through Thursday)

Clinic Secretary – 04-7744921 (Mondays and Tuesdays only)

Clinic – 04-7744275

Audiology and Speech Services - 04-7744702, 04-7744479

ENT Department – 04-7744544

Department Secretary – 04-7744664


Fax: 04-7744885




Consult with a Senior Physician / Department Director

A consult with the department director must be scheduled in advance with the department secretary, Ms. Shiri Gruber at 04-7744664 or with the Head Nurse Ms. Smadar Abergil.

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