Prof. Sperber studied medicine at the Medical School of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel (he graduated from the second class of the new medical school at the time). He trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the Soroka University Medical Center in Beer-Sheva and received a Masters Degree in Public Health (MSPH) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US.
Prof. Sperber worked as a senior gastroenterologist at the Soroka University Medical Center for 20 years and has served for years as senior consultant to the Department of Gastroenterology at the Tel-Aviv Medical Center (Ichilov) where he established the Center for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
Prof. Ami Sperber
Gastroenterologist, Specialist in Disorders of the Digestive Tract
Prof. Ami Sperber specializes in disorders of the digestive tract, especially the functional disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
His approach to medicine is based on the belief that while symptoms and diseases have clear physical elements, they are also often affected significantly by emotional aspects. Thus, his approach to patients is to listen to them with empathy and to take into consideration any and all factors that might be related to their suffering.
Following the diagnostic testing (which is as minimal as possible) the treatment phase begins. Treatment is seen as a partnership between the patient and the physician. This includes formulating expectations from treatment, defining realistic treatment goals together, and evaluating alternative treatment options (taking into the account the possibility of using medications, non-medication treatment, or a combination of the two). This enables the patient to make educated decisions about treatment and to develop a treatment strategy that is agreed upon by both the patient and the physician and best suited to the patient.
In many cases treatment will include cooperation with other professional healthcare providers such as dieticians, psychologists, physical therapists, and qualified practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine, with Prof. Sperber serving, together with the patient, as a central pivot in the treatment process. Therefore, treatment does not usually involve a one-time consultation, but rather continuity of care with follow-up visits as required by the patient
Prof. Sperber is recognized by the various Israeli Sick Funds
Prof. Sperber was cited several times as one of the 10 leading gastroenterologists in Israel in the annual survey of the Ma’ariv daily newspaper.
Prof. Sperber published a book on IBS for the general public. The book is available in Hebrew and English (as an e-book on Amazon). http://www.amazon.com/Things-Heart-Others-Their-ebook/dp/B00668RUSK