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Ran Harel, MD

Director of Spine Surgery Division

Spine Surgery and Spine Radiosurgery

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Prof. Harel is the director of the spine surgery division and spine radiosurgery division of the neurosurgical department, one of the leading departments in the world according to Newsweek, at Sheba Medical Center, a top 10 hospital according to the Newsweek magazine.

Dr. Harel was nominated as one of the best spine neurosurgeons in Israel by Forbes magazine.
Dr. Harel is conducting surgeries and spine radiosurgery in Assuta Medical Center and in HMC.

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Sokolov 46, Hod-Hasharon, 5th floor

2Hr free parking, 5min walk from Hod-Hasharon train station
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Prof. Ran Harel is a faculty neurosurgeon specializing in spine radiosurgery and spine surgery in the Sheba neurosurgery department. Dr. Harel is specializing in the management of spine pathologies caused by trauma, degenerative changes, and cancer. He is an experienced surgeon in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. Dr. Harel is leading in the field of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) of spine pathologies and in spine tumor surgery. He started a novel spine radiosurgery service utilizing the Novalis system in Sheba Medical Center and is treating spine tumors and metastases to the spine with a non-invasive yet very effective treatment. Dr. Harel also treats spine tumors with spine radiosurgery in Assuta medical center in Tel-Aviv, in a private setting.
Prof. Harel did his residency in neurosurgery at the Sheba Medical Center, operating on about 700 patients, including trauma patients, tumor surgery, spine surgery, shunts, pediatric patients, and pituitary cases. He has practiced the use of neuronavigation with Brain lab and Medtronic systems, has utilized intraoperative imaging with Maison ultrasound system. As Sheba was the alpha site of Odin medical technologies, Dr. Harel operated in many cases utilizing the N-10 and N-20 iMRI system. He was involved in early implementation of Mazor robotic-assisted navigation for spine surgery.
Following his residency, Dr. Harel did a spine surgery fellowship in Cleveland Clinic Spine Health Center, working with nine spine specialists, both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Harel performed over 250 cases, both basic and complex spinal operations using a large array of implants from various manufacturers. His exposure included fusions using TLIF, ALIF, XLIF, PLF approaches, tumor surgery, both vertebral, intradural and intramedullary, MIS surgery, adult deformity surgery and large numbers of degenerative surgery. He also did a spine radiosurgery fellowship utilizing the Novalis system for the treatment of benign and malignant spine tumors.
He is an Advanced Trauma Life support instructor and has trained hundreds of physicians in trauma management. During his training, he also has trained Palestinian medical doctors in neurosurgical trauma. He has instructed students at the Cleveland Clinic and has contributed to grand rounds seminars.
Prof. Harel is a senior lecturer at the Tel-Aviv University medical school.

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Among Prof. Harel's recent publications:

  • Computation in spinal circuitry: Lessons from behaving primates. Behav Brain Res. 2008 Dec 12;194(2):119-28.

  • Spine metastases: Current treatments and future directions.Eur J Cancer. 2010 Jun 1

  • Circumferential Cervical Surgery: To Stage or not to Stage? Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, Nov 2011 

  •  Spine radiosurgery for spinal metastases: indications, technique and outcome. Neurol Res. 2014 Jun;36(6):550-6

  • The value of neuromonitoring in cervical spine surgery. Surg Neurol Int. 2014 Aug 2;5:120.

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Metastatic Tumor Resection and Stabilization New Technology Yield Improved Outcome. BioMed Research International. 2015

  • Intraoperative spine ultrasound: application and benefits.Eur Spine J. 2015 Sep 5

  • Hazards of Ionizing Radiation and its Impact on Neurosurgical Practice. World Neurosurg. 2015 Oct 5.

  • Quantitative Evaluation of Local Control and Wound Healing Following Surgery and Stereotactic Spine Radiosurgery (SRS) for Spine Tumors. World Neurosurg. 2015 Nov


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