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Australia Day Honours for Shaare Zedek

04 March 2019

 The recent Australia Day awards were especially significant for the Australian Friends of Shaare Zedek Inc. 

Dr. Nathan Isaac Cherny was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to medicine, and to education, in the fields of palliative care and medical oncology.

Dr Cherny serves as the Norman Levan Chair for Humanistic Medicine and the Director of the Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine Services at Shaare Zedek Medical Centre Jerusalem

He is a well-known personality in the Australian Jewish Community.  Nathan was born in Australia and both his father and brother are highly respected medical professionals.  Nathan is a graduate of Mount Scopus and he completed his medical training at Monash University. He made Aliya over 30 years ago and regularly visits his friends and family in Australia.

Among his many achievements, he established the undergraduate training programme in palliative care at Monash University while completing his fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians with specialist recognition in oncology and palliative medicine. 

Since 2007, Dr Cherny has served as Norman Levan Chair of Humanistic Medicine at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.  As a medical oncologist he was the co-founder of the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Medicine Department and Director of the Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine Service at Shaare Zedek Medical Centre since 1994.

Dr Cherny is recognised as a world authority in his field.  His awards and recognition include: Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa), Monash University, 2017. Recipient, Danielle Foundation Award, 2017 (for outstanding humanism in care). Recipient, Medical Book Awards, British Medical Association, 2016. Recipient, Policy Development Award, European Association for Palliative Care, 2016. Recipient, European Society for Medical Oncology Award, 2015 (for contribution to the development of oncology in Europe).

In another Australia Day award that was a source of much pride for the Australian Friends of Shaare Zedek Inc. Mr Tom May, Board Member of AFSZ was awarded OAM for Service to the Law.  Tom has been a director of the Law Institute of Victoria.  His communal work in addition to his involvement with AFSZ Inc includes the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Caulfield Beth HaMedrash, The Melbourne Chevra Kadisha and The Melbourne Eruv.