Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo


Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, 2007

Old Fig Tree in Figueira Rubaiyat Restaurant

In 2007, my colleagues Harris Berman, M.D., Dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, Judi Donnelly, and I worked with the board and staff of the leading hospital in Latin America, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in the Morumbi neighborhood of São Paulo, to develop a new strategic plan.  In the years since then, the hospital leadership has successfully implemented many of the recommendations, including creating a strategically located network of outpatient health centers.  Representatives of the hospital have visited us in Boston since then to meet with leaders of the major Boston teaching hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Partners Healthcare System (Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital), as well as Dana-Farber Cancer Center and the Tufts University School of Medicine.  During the half-year we worked with the hospital we took long walks in São Paulo, visited major sights, sampled several  churrascarias, restaurants that specialize in incredible Brazilian meats,and explored Shopping Morumbi, one of the shopping malls in the city.  After our final presentation to the hospital leadership, we toured Minas Gerais (described below).

Figueira Rubaiyat Restaurant in São Paulo


MASP Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Morumbi Shopping, in Neighborhood of Hospital



Minas Gerais Historical Cities & Rio de Janeiro, 2007

After our final presentation to the board and management of Hospital Israelita, we traveled in Minas Gerais, along the Gold Route,  and Rio de Janeiro, UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Below are the highlights of our itinerary:

  • Ouro Preto, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pousada Mondengo

Ouro Preto

  • Tiradentes, Pousada Solar da Ponte
  • Parati, Pousada Sandi
    • The Academy of Cooking, with Yara Castro Roberts, the renowned Brazilian chef and cookbook writer, and her husband Robert
    • The Brazilian Table is a goldmine of Brazilian recipes


  • Rio de Janeiro, Marina Palace Hotel
    • Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado
    • Ipanema, the glorious beach with hotels and mountains in the background
    • A favela in Rio, shantytown in the midst of plenty

Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro (listen to “The Girl from Ipanema,” below




A Favela in Rio de Janeiro


Photo Credits: Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein Vicky & Joseph Safra Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil, Architectural Design: Albert Kahn, Photography: Daniel Ducci;  Ouro Preto, UNESCO, M & G Therin-Weise; Parati, Fernanda Preto; Corcovado, Mark Schwettmann/

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