The Dream Doctors Project
Founded in 2002, the Dream Doctors Project is a unique Israeli non-profit that integrates professional medical clowns, ‘Dream Doctors’, into Israeli hospitals by training them to work as members of multidisciplinary care teams. Dedicated to improving patient wellbeing and enhancing the efficacy of healthcare delivery, Dream Doctor’s therapeutic approach aims to promote medical clowning as an officially recognized paramedical profession. Dream Doctor’s expertise and trailblazing model of partnership with hospitals have earned the organization international recognition as leaders in the field.
Today, 100 Dream Doctors work as integrated members of medical teams in 30 hospitals across Israel, assisting in more than 40 different medical procedures. Dream Doctors offer specialized care to over 200, 000 child and adult patients a year including preemie babies, youth-at-risk, victims of sexual assault, veterans, and communities in trauma, among others. They receive specialized training in crisis intervention and serve as military reservists in IDF humanitarian relief missions around the world. The organization also offers custom-made training and workshops to communities and professionals around the world.
Dream Doctors in the project
Patients encountered each year
Assistance in various medical procedures
Every hospitalized child deserves a Dream Doctor...
"Clowns create an island of resilience; around them suddenly people who have been in a crisis or disaster are helped by the clowns to recreate a sense of community.
Professor Moody Lahad, Senior Medical Psychologist President of Community Stress Prevention Center at Tel Hai College
"The way I see it, we must make every effort to try to integrate them on a regular basis into the Unit’s work, since they greatly improve the service we provide to child patients."
Dr. Ehud Rosenbloom, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Unit at Meir Medical Center