Florida-based Dr. Cory Harow found himself on an unexpected mission while vacationing in Israel with his family. When war suddenly broke out on October 7, his wife and children flew back home, but Cory chose to stay in Israel and offer his assistance.
As the medical director of the emergency department at West Boca Medical Center in Boca Raton, Florida, Cory has dedicated his professional life to preserving and saving lives. He views his decision to stay in Israel during this tumultuous time as an extension of that duty, albeit in a different context and language.
Cory’s connection to Israel runs deep. He had previously conducted chemistry research through Tel Aviv University when he was just 19 years old. During that time, he made a significant commitment by joining the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), serving for a year before returning to the United States to pursue medical school. With dual U.S.-Israel citizenship, he later became a captain in the IDF Reserves.
Each year, Cory allocates a week to travel to Israel for training with a specialized unit focused on treating emergency medical casualties in combat situations. His primary goal during these sessions is to learn and enhance his skills to save lives in high-stress, combat-related situations.
Cory Harow’s story exemplifies the intersection of his medical expertise and his dedication to Israel, highlighting his ongoing commitment to preserving and protecting lives, even in the face of unexpected challenges and conflicts.