Focus on Rare, Complex Disorders

Cincinnati Children’s, one of the premier pediatric hospitals in the United States, is a referral center for complex care. Through our pioneering Israel Exchange Program, our specialists are partnering with Israeli physicians to provide collaborative care for children with the most rare and complex diseases.

At Cincinnati Children’s, your patient will find a multidisciplinary care team, a family-centered environment, a deep commitment to patient safety, an international patient care coordinator and support from the local Jewish community.

Patients and referring physicians also benefit from the opportunity for a continuum of care. This may include having Israeli physicians and nurses accompany their patients to Cincinnati Children’s as an educational exchange, clinical collaboration via video link for preoperative and postoperative care, and continuing consultation upon the patient’s return to Israel.

Clinical care.

Information for Doctors, Families

  • Acute kidney injury
  • Aerodigestive and sleep disorders
  • Airway reconstruction
  • Brachial plexus surgery
  • Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (rare, high-risk and recurrent cancers, bone marrow transplantation, immune deficiency and histiocytic disorders, Fanconi anemia, sickle cell anemia and other bone marrow failures, neurofibromatosis)
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Complex brain tumors
  • Craniofacial conditions
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders
  • Epidermolysis bullosa
  • Epilepsy and epilepsy surgery
  • Esophageal disorders
  • Fetal care and fetal surgery
  • Gastroenterology (inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal rehabilitation, liver disease, motility disorders, nutrition and intestinal care)
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery
  • Heart Institute (cardiomyopathy, adult and adolescent congenital heart disease, fetal heart disease, cardiovascular genetics, cardiothoracic surgery, heart failure and transplant)
  • Hemangioma and vascular malformations
  • Muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders
  • Perinatal Institute (advanced neonatal care, neonatal cardiac surgery, pulmonary biology)
  • Rare lung disease
  • Transplantation (bone marrow, heart, intestine, kidney, liver)
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Urogenital surgery

We realize the families you refer to us are under enormous stress due to illness, so we strive to provide them with the very best logistical support before, during and after their stay. 


  • Assistance with pre-certification of insurance coverage
  • Appointment scheduling, including specialized Clinical Concierge service for qualified patients requiring multiple appointments
  • Hotel reservations and discounted room rates at more than 35 hotels with a variety of amenities
  • 78-room Ronald McDonald House located adjacent to the medical center
  • Procurement of patient medical records
  • Comprehensive appointment itinerary
  • Professional Guest Services staff and an international care coordinator for questions related to your patients’ stay 


  • Complimentary ground transportation between the airport, hotel and medical center (based on availability)
  • “Welcome” meeting with Guest Services associate to review appointment itinerary and answer any questions
  • Hebrew language interpreters
  • Complimentary or discounted admissions to local attractions for family members
  • On-site Family Resource Center, Social Services and Child Life professionals
  • Referring physician updates via EpicLink for real-time status and progress reports


  • Detailed discharge information and ongoing care directions to family and referring physician
  • Patient hand-off back to referring physician for post-hospital care
  • In-person or online billing follow-up to answer questions about the billing process
  • Private financial counseling, if needed

A Hebrew-speaking international patient coordinator will work closely with the patient, referring physician and insurance company to help with:

  • Information about services, programs and physicians at Cincinnati Children’s
  • Obtaining a proposed treatment plan identifying potential procedures, surgery, length of visit, consultations and follow-up care
  • Scheduling appointments as recommended by the treatment plan
  • Estimating expenses for treatment, time in Cincinnati, long-term follow-up plan
  • Setting up payment arrangements
  • Arranging for Hebrew interpreter services
  • Assisting with medical documentation required for a travel visa application
  • Connecting visitors with our Guest Services team to assist with local lodging, transportation and other services

For more information, email Ilan Goldman, international patient care coordinator, or call him at 513-803-2198.

You may also visit the International Patients and Families section of our website.

David Broza at Cincinnati Children's.

David Broza visited with young Israeli patients and their families on April 21, 2013, at Cincinnati Children's. The singer-songwriter was in Cincinnati to perform at an Israel Independence Day celebration.

Support from the Cincinnati Jewish Community

Volunteers from Cincinnati’s Jewish community work hard to make visiting Israeli guests feel at home. We connect visiting Israelis with local families and Jewish community organizations that can help acquaint them with community schools, synagogues and neighborhoods and host them for Shabbat dinners and holiday events.

At a Glance

• Nearly 27,000 Jews live in Cincinnati.

• Thirteen synagogues and two Jewish day schools represent the full spectrum of Jewish belief.

• A unique Israel grant program sends more teens to Israel each summer, per capita, than any other community in the United States.