Haim Reitan

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Dr. Haim Nissim Reitan was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 20, 1946. He is a doctor,[1] a diplomat,[2] a translator and a publicist.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Dr. Haim Reitan was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1946. At the age of nine, he moved to Israel along with his family. He finished the college of biology in Bat-Yam, a city located on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. After finishing the military service, Haim won a studentship in Italy and since 1980 he is an Italian citizen.[4] Today he resides in Bergamo, Italy, where he has his own medical center.[5]

Medical career[edit]

Dr. Reitan graduated in medicine in the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1974. Later, he had the possibility to make different medical specializations in cardio-vascular[6] apparatus diseases, Phlebology, Nephrology in Pavia (Italy), in New York, Miami, and Texas, and further in London, Rotterdam and Tel Aviv. Then it was time for Dr. Haim Reitan to begin his career in the medical field. He was firstly employed as cardiology specialist at the hospital of Bergamo. Besides this, he founded his own medical studio and today it is incorporated in his medical center. Through being appointed as forensic advisor and projects coordinator within other important European countries, he could expand his activity beyond Italian borders. During 2004, as medical adviser, Dr.Haim Reitan played a major role in engineering projects for the construction of the new hospital of Bergamo.[7]

Political career[edit]

Dr. Haim Reitan has been adviser to some well known political personalities such as ministers, prime ministers and presidents. He has been mostly engaged in African countries and Balkans. He has been collaborator of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Vice President,[8] advising him on different projects. Dr. Reitan has strongly sustained democracy development in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo, fragile new democracies which suffer a lot of social problems. He has contributed to recognition of Kosovo[9][10] independence from some important countries. Recently he has intensified his diplomatic activity in Albania. He has set up good relations with Albanian Ministry of Health officials. A lot of Albanian patients have been treated in the Italian hospitals due to Dr. Haim Reitan’s mediation skills. The Cham issue is his focus, too. This is why he passes a long time in Albania with the Cham historian Ibrahim D. Hoxha and writer Shefki Hysa. Dr. Haim Reitan is so in love with the Cham issue,[11] as he expresses himself in the Albanian language: I am from Chameria, I’m a Cham!.[12] One of his projects is Albanian universities twinning with Western European ones. He is paying special attention to green energy projects in the Albanian territory. Dr. Haim Reitan is friend of Albanian politics personalities,[13] such as Sali Berisha, Bamir Topi, Sabri Godo, Fatmir Mediu, Edi Rama, Skënder Gjinushi, Ilir Meta, Tahir Muhedini, Hashim Thaçi, etc. With this large activity, Dr. Reitan has influenced the consolidation of bilateral relations (Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo,[14] Congo,[15] Italy) and has gained the respect of many people in Albania, Kosovo[16] and Macedonia.

Dr. Haim Reitan is the Honorary Chairman of Diplomatic Mission Peace and Prosperity.[17]

Publicistic career[edit]

Having and developing knowledge of foreign languages (Hebrew language, English language, Italian language, Spanish language, French language, Turkish language) has urged him to dedicate himself to the field of publicism, too. When Dr. Haim Reitan began to visit Balkan countries he was interested in discovering and learning more about their customs and traditions. He decided to widen knowledge about albanological studies and balkanology.[18] With his writings in different world Medias he is giving a big contribution as translator and publicist.[19] He is a close and systematic collaborator of “The eagle’s wing” magazine (Krahu i shqiponjës),[20] an organ of the Cultural Association “Bilal Xhaferri” (Cultural Community of Chameria) and “Bilal Xhaferri” Publishing House[21] Such intellectuals as Dr. Haim Reitan, with social, human, political and diplomatic activity can ensure a climate for peace and understanding and help the integration process of these weak states.[22]


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