Aviv Hever, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
It is with honor and pleasure that I introduce myself to all our valued members, and present to you my credentials and qualifications so that you can be assured that the pathologist making your diagnosis is licensed, experienced, and informed.
As some of you can tell from my name, I am an Israeli-born USA citizen who immigrated to the United States in 1982 to pursue the American dream. I grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA and graduated from UCLA Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physiological Sciences. I then went to medical school at Sackler School of Medicine (Tel Aviv, Israel) and graduated in the top 10 percent of my class. I did my pathology residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where I was chief resident my last year and then stayed on to do a fellowship in renal pathology.
About my practice
Here in surgical pathology we all work together in a combined multidisciplinary approach to accurately diagnose all specimens we receive. We have specialists in practically all fields of pathology, and my specialty is non-neoplastic renal disease. My work philosophy is essentially the physician's pledge we all take at the end of medical school. "First do no harm," meaning before I finalize a report and give a patient a diagnosis, I make sure that I've reviewed the slides at least twice and that the diagnosis I am rendering is absolutely the right diagnosis to the best of my knowledge.
How I thrive
Aside from medicine, I am married and the proud father of two wonderful kids. I enjoy spending most of my free time with my family, but every now and then, I get out and play a round of 18 holes of golf. Movies are fun too! Staying well should be everyone's number one priority. Without it, we are all useless. So, I thrive by adhering to a strict workout schedule, which means at least 45 minutes five days a week. I run, lift weights, and stretch during my workouts and then finish with a nice warm shower. Working out gives me the energy and stamina to work the rest of the day, and actually helps me sleep better at night. Besides exercise, I eat healthy (fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and whole grain breads, but who can avoid the pizza and occasional burger). Fortunately for me, my wife is a dietitian, so she takes good care of me. And, if I had just one good suggestion to make, I would recommend to all my patients to drink tea every day. Cut out the sodas and sugary drinks and drink tea. There is so much evidence out there supporting the health benefits of tea.