IDF doctor to speak on post-traumatic stress

Eyal Fruchter
Eyal Fruchter

Eyal Fruchter, M.D., a retired Israel Defense Forces colonel who served as a military doctor, flight surgeon and military psychiatrist, will lead the keynote session of a conference on “Cause and Effect of Post-Traumatic Stress” on Thursday, May 14 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, presented by the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation and the Weintraub Israel Center.

He will meet community members and hold a Q&A session at a free reception Wednesday, May 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tucson J.

Fruchter was head of the mental health department in the medical corps of the IDF, specializing in post-traumatic stress and military suicide prevention. He is currently a visiting scholar at the research center for veterans at the University of Southern California School of Social Work.

The conference on Thursday, May 14 from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the J also will feature sessions led by representatives of local police and fire departments, the City of Tucson, the Canyon Ranch Institute and WellAmerica.

The conference, an outgrowth of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation’s Firefighters Without Borders program, is for emergency responders, including police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, dispatchers and individuals in the fields of mental and behavioral health and social services. Conference registration is required by May 8 at tucsonfirefoundation@gmail.com.