Israel Physician Assistants


  • Roi Ozer
  • Oren Berkowitz


Israel, Physician Assistants


The profession began in Israel in 2016 when the Ministry of Health began training veteran paramedics to work in emergency medicine, following the recommendations of the Israeli MOH Physician Assistant Committee, published during July 2013. In the first cohort, 33 students graduated, and an additional 30 students graduated in 2018. A third course was planned to begin in 2020 but has been postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, during mid-March 2020.

Author Biographies

Roi Ozer

Roi Ozer, MBA, EMT-P, PA-C, has experience working as a paramedic for the Israeli EMS, International Red Cross (ICRC) and urgent medical centers. He was also a medical simulation instructor has earned an MBA and is a graduate of the first Israeli Ministry of Health course for physician assistants (PA) in 2016. He currently works as a PA in the department of emergency medicine at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel, the largest medical center in Israel.

Oren Berkowitz

Dr. Oren Berkowitz, PhD, PA-C, arrived in Israel in 2017 at the start of its development of Physician Assistants. He was involved in a consulting role with the Ministry of Health for several years and now he hopes to help advance the new healthcare position through research and education. Dr. Berkowitz is the former Director of Research and co-founder of the Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. He is an epidemiologist and a PA. Dr. Berkowitz is currently a Senior Lecturer faculty member in the Dept. of Health Systems Management at Ariel University. He practiced for many years as a PA in neurosurgery. He is involved in global PA scholarship. Oren Berkowitz's website:




How to Cite

Ozer, R., & Berkowitz, O. (2021). Israel Physician Assistants. Social Innovations Journal, 8. Retrieved from