Jefferson Israel Center

Since 2013, Thomas Jefferson University has cultivated a series of meaningful collaborative ties in Israel, setting the stage for the Jefferson Israel Center launch in June 2018 at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Jefferson and the Israeli Innovation Authority (IIA) jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with the IIA committing $1 million to Israeli biotech start-ups for the primary purpose of expanding product development and validation within the Jefferson Health ecosystem.

Center Director

Zvi Grunwald, MD, FASA

James D. Wentzler Professor and Emeritus Chair of Anesthesiology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University



Team Members


  • Louis & Fannie Tolz Program for Weizmann Institute of Sciences (WIS)-Thomas Jefferson University Collaboration in Systems & Computational Biology

    Launched in January 2013, this program has funded nine collaborative pairs of Jefferson-WIS scientists.
  • Hebrew University-Jefferson Research Collaborative

    Launched in May 2015, this program has funded five collaborative pairs of Jefferson-HU scientists.


  • Sheba Medical Center: Smart and Healthy Cities, Rehabilitation Research, Population Health and other collaborative research programs
  • Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School: collaboration with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Weizmann Institute of Sciences
  • Shenkar College of Engineering and Design: Architecture, Fashion and Design programs
  • Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Nevgev: Institute of Bioconvergence, Serving the Underserved, Education in Medicine, Joint PhD programs, Health Leadership Program, School of Population Health, Disaster Medicine Collaboration, Virtual Exchanges
  • Israeli Innovation Authority (IIA): joint call for proposals that will link Israeli healthcare start-ups with Jefferson’s expansive academic and clinical enterprise for the purpose of jointly propelling cutting-edge products and services to market