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פרופ. סימה הלוי

Prof. Sima Halevy (Sukenik) was born in Israel and earned her MD (Magna Cum Laude) at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, in 1972. She completed her residency in dermatology and venereology (with honors) in Beilinson Medical Center, Petah Tikva. From 1981 to 1986 she worked as a senior dermatologist in Belinson Medical Center and was appointed a Senior Lecturer at Tel-Aviv University

In 1986 Dr. Halevy took the challenge of building a new Department of Dermatology at the Soroka Medical Center, Beer-Sheva. Following her formal appointment as head of dermatology, she founded a new Department of Dermatology in 1989 that was approved for a residency training program, as well as a new outpatient dermatologic clinic and dermatology service for the Negev district of Israel. Prof. Halevy also founded a dermatology teaching program for medical students at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and participated in the establishment of the Skin Investigative Laboratory at the Soroka Medical Center. Simultaneously, she served as a consultant to community clinics in the Negev region and the Dead Sea. During the years, in addition to her clinical and administrative responsibilities, Prof. Halevy devoted time to research, public activities and education, organizing and participating in undergraduate and postgraduate courses

In view of her fruitful academic and clinical achievements, in 1992 Dr. Halevy was appointed Associate Professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and in 1997 she was appointed Full Professor. In 1996 Prof. Halevy was invited to be a Visiting Professor at the Department of Dermatology at Yale University, headed by Prof. Edelson

Prof. Halevy is a past secretary of the Israel Contact Dermatitis Society, a past chairperson of the education committee and a past President of the Israel Society of Dermatology and Venereology (2001–2004). She served as a member of various national professional committees within the scientific council of the Israel Medical Association, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Dermatology
Prof. Halevy has served as a member of editorial boards of international and Israeli scientific journals and as a reviewer of scientific papers and projects

Prof. Halevy's main interest in research is cutaneous adverse drug reactions, including clinical, epidemiological, and basic aspects. Other fields of interest are climatotherapy of psoriasis at the Dead Sea and wound healing. Many of Prof. Halevy's studies on cutaneous adverse drug reactions were pioneer studies that focused on the role of in vitro tests based on cytokine release from peripheral blood lymphocytes following drug challenge in the identification of the offending drugs. Prof. Halevy participated in two international research studies that analyzed epidemiological, genetic and immunological aspects of severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR): the EuroSCAR (1997–2001) and the RegiSCAR (2003–2005) studies. Prof. Halevy was a member of the International Steering Committee of both studies and a National Coordinator of these studies in Israel, establishing a nation-wide network of dermatology units and departments. Within the frame of these studies she organized two successful research meetings in Israel (1999, 2005). Prof. Halevy succeeded in advancing the issue of cutaneous adverse drug reactions into one of the major topics in the education of dermatology residents in Israel

Prof. Halevy organized numerous scientific meetings in Israel with the participation of international speakers. She has been a member of many scientific and organization committees, has served as a chairperson of numerous sessions in international conferences and was an invited speaker in many international scientific meetings
In 2015 Prof. Halevy got a Lifetime Achievement Award granted by The 9th International Congress on Cutaneous Adverse Drug Reactions (iSCAR2015), in Vancouver, Canada, for an extraordinary contribution to the field of cutaneous adverse drug  reactions
She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, most of which are in high-impact international journals, in addition to abstracts and chapters in books

Currently, Prof. Sima Halevy is a Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva

TITLE OF LECTURE
Drug-induced nail disorders