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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 10, 2010 Israel's first Arab woman plastic surgeon Courtesy of American Friends of Rambam Medical Center Dr. Rania EI Hativ talks with a patient. Plastic surgeon Dr. Rania E1 Hativ loves her work: its creativity, diversity and life- altering ability. And as the first woman from the Arab sector to enter this field, she views what she does not solely as medicine, but as a mission. As Israel's first Arab woman to become a plastic surgeon, El Hativ represents a professional role model for others like herself. Further, the 28-year-old Rambam Health Care Campus doctor is confident that her pres- ence will encourage more female patients from her sector to seek the medical care they need. "While there is growing openness to plastic surgery among the Arab population, the field is still relatively unknown," says El Hativ. "In addition, Arab women may be hesitant to reveal bodily defects to male doctors, and may neglect serious prob- lems. Just by being there, I hope to make it easier for Arab women to undergo examinations for plastic surgery procedures." For El Hativ, work is a calling. "I want to raise awareness of plastic surgery in the Arab sector, where it is not well known and ac- cepted," she says. "Everyone is a member of a specific so- ciety, and should contribute. You cannot only think on a personal level, you must also give." She stresses that plastic surgery is far more than facelifts and breast en- hancements. "Our work is incredibly diverse," she says. "It involves treating a range of problems like war injuries, tumors, burns and cleft palates, as well as providing breast and facial reconstruction for cancer patients," she says. While she does not per- form any exclusively cos- metic procedures, she does operations that involve aes- thetic, medical, and emo- tional aspects. For example, rhinoplasty, commonly known as a "nose job" can cure breathing difficulties. Liposuction, on patients who have lost a great deal of weight, eliminates fungi between hanging folds of flesh. Breast reconstruc- tion restores a natural look to women who have undergone mastectomy, while reductions ease the back problems of those with large breasts. Procedures can restore normal appear- ances and lives--of patients with oral tumors who were left with exposed teeth and gums. In addition to the disci- pline's variety and ability to ease suffering, its creative aspects attract El Hativ. "Treatments in other fields of medicine go by the book, but in plastic surgery you can insert your own person- ality. There are thousands of ways of doing an operation, and plastic surgery demands an artistic view," says the young surgeon, who also loves to draw. El Hativ adds that empa- thy and connection are also crucial in her field. "With- out the personal touch," she says, no patient will ever be 100 percent sat- isfied." Likewise, plastic surgery demands a special open-mindedness, and the courage to try new tech- niques. "This profession has no boundaries," she says. "Plastic surgery is a sea without end." The Rambam Medical Center is located in Haifa. For more information, visit the website of the American Friends of Rambam Medical Center, PAGE 13A Estate Planning. Bungee Jumping. Fortunately, we can help you with the more intimidating of the two. Traditional estate planning is an unpleasant responsibility. Then there's The Wealth Enjoyment System , a transformational approach to estate planning that can help give you confidence about your family's future - while letting you enjoy your life and wealth and helping you improve your children's lifestyle  By focusing on your personal and financial goals, the experienced financial planners on your Wealth Enjoyment Team make planning a positive experience for you and your family. It's simple. And rewarding. Call Udell Associates at 1-800-725-6511 to learn how The WeaHh Enjoyment System* can benef' you and your family today! 41 Enlo0000rnent s00tem Udell Associates  Estate Planning for Life Fmte lmnmg Dcss , DeveZopers Sarasota, Florida 941-951-0443 Orlando, Florida 407-660-0330 Email: Website: Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through NFP Securities, Inc. a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRNSIPC and a F-ederaMy Registered Investment Advisor. Investment Advisory Services may also be offered through Asset Management Partners a Registered Investment Advisor. L/dell Associates is an affiliate of NFP Securities, inc. and a subsidiary of National Financial Partners Coq)., e parent company of NFP Securities, Inc. NFP Securities, Inc. does not provide tax or legal advice. Any decisions whether to these ideas should be made by the client in consultation with professional financial, tax and legal counsel.