testinomial Dr. Gbenga Adebayo Physician from Nigeria upon receiving his Master of Public Health degree from The Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Public Health, 2016.

I want to use this opportunity to tell you "thank you"! When I was coming for this program, probably my only concern was statistics. I had never really liked the subject and thought it would probably be the most challenging course I would take. Thanks to you, my concerns were totally unfounded. I greatly enjoyed the 2 semesters spent in your courses. I greatly appreciate your starting from basics and building one concept at a time. I enjoyed how you seemingly effortlessly weaved humor into your teaching. The assessment of the courses were also very fair in my opinion in being designed to test for understanding and not cramming of formulas. I am quite pleasantly surprised that I understand statistics (at least the much you have taught us)!

Thank you so much for your commitment. I think you are a great treasure to the IMPH program.

testinomial Dr. Wen Peng Physician from China upon receiving her Master of Public Health degree from The Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Public Health, 2016.

To Dr. Mario Baras, for your kind and patient statistical support. In addition, your clear and concise explanation to the abstract statistic theory and your volunteering work to our colleagues showed us what are the characteristics of an excellent teacher.

And thanks a lot for the statistical support to my thesis. This was the first time I could real understand statistics, even I used it as a tool before. I do appreciate you guided me into a new enjoyable world! Thank you very much!

testinomial Dr. Kanan Desai Physician from India upon receiving her Master of Public Health degree from The Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Public Health, 2016.

I am very much thankful to Dr. Mario Baras, for answering my weirdest statistical queries and creating a solid base of statistical concepts in my mind.

testinomial Professor Edith Koyoumdjisky-Kaye, Head, Department of Orthodontics, The Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine.

Particular thanks go to M. Baras, project statistician, for his devotion and tireless work in the planning and preparation of the sample, for the many odd jobs he willingly undertook, and for his cheerful mood when things were most difficult.

testinomial Dr. Sharon Einav, Anesthesiologist, Hadassah Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.

I was extremely lucky in meeting Mario in the early stages of my research. My debt to Mario is singular and incalculable. Not only has he been an approachable and talented teacher, but his tolerance towards my clumsy attempts to understand the art of statistics is unique. He has become an indispensable support in the construction and analysis of many of my research programs. When confronted by a research problem that seems insurmountable, I go to Mario. With improbable patience and subtle humor he will ask question after question, elegantly sifting and organizing the random threads of ideas. When he finally suggests the solution, each thread has been woven into a beautiful rug. The striking clarity of his statistical mind and his capability and willingness to guide an untrained person along the path of comprehension is a gift indeed.

testinomial Prof. Gideon Nesher and Dr. Ronit Nesher, Head, Department of Internal Medicine A and the Rheumatology Service, Shaare-Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, and Head of Glaucoma Service, Department of Ophthalmology, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba.

We have known Dr. Mario Baras since 2001 and have collaborated with him on several studies.

He has been a coauthor on two papers with us: (1) Nesher G, Berkun Y, Mates M, Baras M, Rubinow A, Sonnenblick M: Low-dose aspirin and prevention of cranial ischemic complications in giant cell arteritis. Arthritis Rheum, 2004, 50:1332-1337, and (2) Nesher G, Berkun Y, Mates M, Baras M, Nesher R, Rubinow A, Sonnenblick M: Risk factors for cranial ischemic complications in giant cell arteritis. Medicine, 2004, 83:114-122.

Dr Baras has also been responsible for the statistical analysis of two other papers, both presented in international meetings and submitted for publication, and is currently involved in another study.

Dr. Baras is efficient and punctuate. We benefited from his good advice upon planning a study, and his professionalism and wisdom during analysis of the data. Aside from being a professional he is a very nice person. He has always been there for us, to answer our questions even in odd times of the day. It has always been a pleasure to collaborate with him.

testinomial Professor Eric Peritz, Professor of Statistics, Department of Social Medicine, Hadassah Medical Center and The Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Public Health, Jerusalem.

Mario is an excellent statistician with a solid theoretical background and a lot of experience in applied statistics as well. As you can see from his C.V. and list of publications, he has done solid work in both fields; he has also done a large amount of consulting work – and he has done it in a creative as well as thorough manner.

testinomial Professor Susan Harlap, Department of Medical Ecology, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Hebrew University – Hadassah School of Public Health, Jerusalem.

Not only is Mario a first-class theoretical biostatistician but he is one of the best teachers of statistics I have ever come across. Our MPH students consistently voted him the best teacher in the School of Public Health.

testinomial Dr. Daniela Abramovitz, Physician, Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.

A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Baras for transforming an endless quantity of data into solid science.

testinomial Professor Charles Sprung, Head, Intensive Care Unit, Hadassah Medical Center.

Most important: I forgot to mention that the order for the Eldicus triage score manuscript was determined by contributions to the study and the manuscript. This especially goes for Mario who has been not only the statistician performing the analyses, but he has been involved in the study from the time we sent in the application for a grant. He has been the individual who came up with the previous method to develop the score and when there were problems with that method, he came up with the present solution.


testinomial A British student for the MPH degree in Jerusalem, Class of 1983

Dear Dr. Baras,

I had to write personally to tell you how much I enjoyed your Statistics course. You are a truly brilliant teacher! I was sceptical for many years because of Statistics but now you have set me on my "M.A. way". My result in your exam shattered my children's image of me - they thought me a mathematical dum-dum!

testinomial A Russian MD, student for the MPH degree in Jerusalem, Class of 2003

Dear Mario!.

Thank you so much for your response I am so happy that we'll have your comments in our year book To tell the truth you are the best teacher I have ever had.

I wish you the best

With respect,

testinomial A Canadian nurse, student for the MPH degree in Jerusalem, Class of 2008

I really enjoyed your class and your teaching style despite the subject being so hard for me! I can't imagine surviving this with anyone else!

testinomial An Ethiopian MD student for the MPH degree in Jerusalem, Class of 2008

You are the best teacher I had in my entire school life and that always affected me to work more and more on your courses and I assure you that I have learnt a lot from you and your courses will have a great role in my future career.

l am so lucky to be your student as I told earlier and I want you to know that this is not because I like Math but almost everyone in the class (from the first semester) appreciates the way you made statistics (a potentially difficult course) understandable, easier (with your magic teaching skills) and enjoyable (with your amazing jokes).

testinomial A student from India, Class of 2005-6

Professor Mario,

Thanks for your mail. It was my ultimate lifetime good fortune to be taught by you. Especially a subject I have dreaded the most. But you made it easy for me. That's the reason I personally insisted Ajay should approach you especially to learn advanced statistics besides revising fundamentals of Biostatistics in the IMPH class. His expertise will be used in a New School of Public Health, we are trying to plan in our institution at Gujarat India shortly.

Hope to be in touch in future.

testinomial A physician from Colombia, MPH class of 2008 – 2009.

Dr. Baras

Thank you for all.

You are the best teacher !!!

God bless you

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