President of Tel-Hai College Prof. Yossi Mekori previously served as Dean of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University whilst simultaneously serving as Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Head of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Laboratory at the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.
Prof. Mekori finished his medical studies (MD) magna cum laude at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University (TAU) in 1975; five years later, he completed a residency in internal medicine at the TAU-affiliated Meir Medical Center. He then moved to Denver for a clinical fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, followed by a research fellowship in pathology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School. In 1995 was appointed as Professor of Medicine at TAU. Later on he was invited to serve as a visiting professor at the Laboratory of Allergic Disease, National Institutes of Health (NIH, Bethesda, MD) and more recently at Stanford Medical school and Hospital. His research focuses on deciphering the role of mast cells (the effector cells in allergic reaction) in inflammatory processes and on mast cell disorders. Prof. Mekori also served as chief scientist of Clalit Health Services, the country’s largest health fund, and was president of the Israeli Society of Allergy and Immunology.
Formerly a resident of Kfar Saba, Prof. Mekori now lives in Rosh Pina, in the Upper Galilee.