Spieler’s father, Paul, just retired as an oncologist/hematologist from a Merrimack Valley practice, while his mother, Phyllis, is still practicing as a rheumatologist at Doctors Park in Andover.
Samuels’ father, David, is a dentist with a practice on Stevens Street and his mother, Laurie, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Samuels, who selected Ben Gurion Medical School in Beersheba, Israel, for medical training, plans to return to Sheba for his residency in radiation oncology after completing medical school.
“We feel very comfortable here,” Samuels said. “Israel has a bright future and we are eager to be a part of it.”
Spieler and Samuels said they enjoyed traveling around the country, while also conducting considerable in-depth research.
But, Spieler said, it was a great cultural experience as well, noting that the doctors at Sheba were from all over the world, while the patients in the waiting room were from every corner of the Middle East and beyond.
“It’s a dynamic cultural and intellectual environment,” Spieler said. “It was very, very inspiring.”
Spieler said at no time did he feel any danger.
“I traveled throughout the region,” he said. “I went to Golan and looked over the Syria border. There was nothing happening.”
Rather, what he saw was a region of the world that is growing and is filled with energy, possessing many of the same values shared by Americans.
He said he hopes the internship program is successful next year as well.
“I can’t think of a more positive summer experience,” he said.