Clinician-Researcher Program

Clinically-driven research projects are initiated by clinicians who work in Clalit’s community clinics and hospitals around the country. These research projects are collaborative endeavors between the Clalit Research Institute’s team of epidemiologists, bio-statisticians, data scientists, and the clinician researcher in his or her field of practice.


From dozens of applicants, a cohort of 10 clinician researchers is sponsored to work with Clalit Research Institute researchers on-site weekly in a closely mentored 2-year program. This collaboration draws on the real-world clinical experience of the clinician and the epidemiological, statistical and data science expertise of the Clalit Research Institute team to design and implement studies that will answer these challenging clinical questions from the field.


The findings from these research studies are then used to inform clinical practice, influence organizational policies, and improve the quality of care and delivery of health services for members of Clalit.


The Clinician-Researcher Program embodies the essence of the Research-Practice Link: from its clinical derivation and collaborative research framework development, to its rigorous data analysis, application, and implementation in clinical practice.


Example research studies undertaken as part of the Clinician-Researcher Program:

Vitamin D and asthma

Antidepressant adherence and mortality

Epidemiology and outcomes in atrial fibrillation patients

Antidepressant therapy and mortality in IHD patients

Age and gender and antidepressant adherence

eGFR and cardiovascular disease

Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii colonization and infection

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea carriage and readmissions

ESBL-PE in neonates and mothers


Clinician-Researcher Program posters:

Extended-Spectrum-β-Lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae in neonates and association with maternal urine cultures

Alex Guri, Natalie Flaks-Manov, Adi Ghilai, Moshe Hoshen, Arriel Benis, Orna Flidel, Pnina Ciobotaro, and Oren Zimhony.


Risk factors for cross-transmission of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriacea (CRE): variables related to exposed patients, CRE-carriers and wards.

Pnina Ciobotaro, Natalie Flaks-Manov, Maly Oved, Amichay Akriv, Moshe Hoshen, and Oren Zimhony.