One of this year’s recipients of an ESA Honorary Membership is our Immediate Past President, Dr Zeev Goldik. He is currently Chair of Anaesthesia; Intensive Care and Pain Management Department, Lady Davis Carmel Medical Centre, Haifa, Israel.
Q: Zeev, congratulations on your Honorary Membership. Please tell us how you felt when you received the letter informing you of your nomination.
A: It is enormously exciting for me. It’s not only an act of recognition for my legacy to ESA but also an opportunity to continue my contact with the society as an Honorary Member for life.
Q: Many of our delegates will know that you are based in Israel now, but not many know that you were born in and went to University in Buenos Aires. What are some of your memories of that time in Argentina?
A: Argentina is the country of my childhood and my joy of life, passion for music; football; good wine and excellent food! But most of all, my memories of my time in Buenos Aires are of all the amazing friendships I developed, and the start of my academic career as I studied there as a medical student.
Q: You then took a post as paediatric anaesthesiologist in Lima, Peru. What was it like to work in such a resource-limited setting?
A: It was certainly a challenge, but one I will always remember. Peru gave me the opportunity to learn and practice anaesthesiology at the children’s hospital. I will never forget the efforts invested by my boss then, Professor Ayala who dedicated a couple of minutes during every day at lunchtime to discuss personally with me journal papers published in various medical journals received by post from the UK.
Q: What made you relocate to Israel?
A: After some of the changes and developments in Israel at that time, I decided I would like to relocate there and that it would be the best place for me to develop my career and raise my family. I started my residence at the Carmel Hospital 37 years ago and I had the best teachers and colleagues all these years. Today I have the honour to chair the biggest division in the hospital: Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine.
Q: How did you first become involved with ESA’s predecessor, as Senator of the European Academy of Anesthesiology?
A: One of the founders of the European Academy and the European Diploma, Dr John Zorab, from Bristol, invited me to join the Academy. The European Academy merged then with the previous ESA and CENSA (a Confederation of Anaesthesia Societies in Europe) creating the actual ESA as we know it today. A lot has changed in these years. I am proud to see the ESA developing into the large dynamic organisation we all know today.
Q: As well as being President of ESA, you spent a decade (2006-15) as Chair of the Examinations Committee. Tell us some of the changes you are most proud of during your time in charge.
A: The inception of the European Diploma allowed the harmonisation of education in our profession all over Europe. During my term I visited most of our member European countries trying to learn their educational model and adapting EDAIC (European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care) to their needs. 16 countries have already officially adopted our European Diploma, to differing extents.
We also created the Online Assessment (OLA), a formative assessment that is tremendously successful, with almost 150 centres acting simultaneously all over the world. As President of ESA I continued with the global approach of the society, promoting and signing memorandums of understanding with many important anaesthesia societies in the USA; South America; Asia and Australia and promoting the European Diploma in many Arab nations.
Q: Having been involved with the ESA for so many years, you have seen many changes. Where do you see the ESA heading in the next decade?
A: ESA is in my view one of the most important global umbrellas for science; education and research in anaesthesiology and intensive care. We live in a global world and ESA offers an extraordinary opportunity for friendship and networking between all of our colleagues.
Thank you Zeev, and enjoy Euroanaesthesia 2019.