Dr. Amitai Ziv
Founder + Director

Jewish Values

“Pirkei Avot states, ‘He in whom learning from mistakes overrides wisdom, his wisdom will endure.’ This is the inspiring core of why I developed MSR: to encourage errors in a safe environment, so that healthcare professionals can provide exceptional patient care.”

Global Impact

The Israel Center for Medical Simulation (MSR) is revolutionizing learning for healthcare providers worldwide by exposing trainees from all healthcare professions to challenging clinical and humanistic encounters in immersive simulated medical environments. To date, the organization has trained more than 200,000 healthcare professionals in more than 60 national programs and regularly assists medical centers, universities, and other health institutions around the globe—including Africa, the Far East, North and South America, and Europe—to integrate simulation-based training and testing into their programs.


Prof. Amitai Ziv, MD, MHA, Director of the Integrated Rehabilitation Hospital at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel (since 2016); Founder and Director of MSR – Israel Center for Medical Simulation (since 2000); Director of Sheba’s Allied Health Professionals (Since 2017); Director of the Extended Reality Hub (XR-Hub) at ARC – Sheba’s Innovation Center (since 2019). From 2000 to 2017 served as Deputy Director of the Sheba Medical Center and Director of Patient Safety and Risk Management.

Prof. Ziv is a veteran combat pilot and former instructor in the Israeli Air Force. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University Medical School (MD) and trained as a Pediatrician in Israel (Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical Center) with sub-specialties in Adolescent Medicine (University of Pennsylvania, USA), and Medical Management (Israel). He also holds a Masters degree (MHA) in Health Administration (Tel-Aviv University). He served as a global consultant for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates International Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) program and was a member of the CSA Test Development Team in Philadelphia (1991-1998).

Prof. Ziv is a Full Clinical Professor in Medical Education at Tel Aviv University Sackler medical school and has published over 100 original peer-reviewed publications. Since 2015 he serves as the Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Sheba Medical Center, after serving as Chairman of the Medical Education Department at the Sackler medical school (2010-2014). He is on the founding board of the Israeli Society for Patient Safety and Risk Management and has served as its secretary (2016 – 2021).

Prof. Ziv founded the Israel Center for Medical Simulation which introduces new standards and innovative approaches to health care training and patient safety education and is a world-renowned expert in the fields of medical simulation and patient safety. He served on the founding editorial board of the Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at Mayo Clinic (Medical Education) and at Case Western Reserve University (Pediatrics). He also served as a member of two WHO Patient Safety Alliance Expert Working Groups on Medical Schools’ Patient Safety Curriculum and Technology.

In 2007 he received the Charles Bronfman Award for Humanitarian Action, as well as the Michener Honorary Diploma of Health Science Award for leadership and commitment to applied health sciences. In 2015, he received The Presidential Citation Award on behalf of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in recognition of his significant contributions to quality and patient safety through the use of simulation, as well as his leadership, scholarship and mentorship. In 2019, he was awarded the Howard S. Barrows Invited Presenter Award for advancement of standardized patient methodology. Recently, Prof Ziv was awarded the 2020 Lennox K. Black International Prize for Excellence in Medicine on behalf of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, recognizing his contribution to international communication in scientific discovery and the advance of medicine.



The Powerhouse, American Museum of Natural History | New York. Click here to hear from Amitai what it’s like to be a part of the Prize family. And see below for photo highlights from the evening.