Who we are

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Who are we? Life’s Door is an not for profit organization with divisions in the USA and Israel which was established in 2004, by internationally recognized Oncologist,  Benjamin W. Corn , MD Professor & Chair of Radiation Oncology and Deputy Director, Shaare Zedek Cancer Center, and his wife  Dvora Corn , a family therapist, to confront an acute void in offering hope and meaning in the lives of people facing illness and at end of life.

Our Hope Hub faculty is immersed in the rigorous study of the science of hope, and its role as a mediator in wellbeing and health care decision-making.

Our pioneering medical interventions are being increasingly validated by leading international health care and scientific forums. Our “The Science of Hope” article is the lead feature for the 20th Anniversary Edition of the journal Lancet Oncology, affirming Life’s Door’s vision of including hope in the physician’s tool box as an essential medical intervention.

CLICK HERE TO READ:  Science of Hope – Lancet

Our ground-breaking international Hope Hub team is led by Professor Ben Corn aka “Professor Hope”, and includes:

  • Dan Arieli- Global Leader in Behavioral Economics
  • Malka Margalit- Beneficiary of the Israel Prize for Research in Education.
  • David B. Feldman Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University

Clinical research is conducted in leading academic medical centers around the world that have joined our Hope Hub, to advance cutting edge interventions which combine health-tech and clinical best practice.


What do we do?
Life’s Door provides training and programmatic platforms that address the needs of those facing impending end-of-life, people suffering from life-threatening or chronic illness and the challenges of aging, and healthcare professionals and caregivers.

We are leading a global health-technology revolution that offers improved quality of life, and tools for compassionate care and effective health care management and decision making.

Since our establishment in 2004 we have been busy

  • galvanizing health care planning and policy around the world to synchronize the patient’s personal goals with their medical goals.
  • empowering people facing serious illness, their families, and those who care for them to optimize hope, meaning, and well-being through illness and the end of life journey.
  • promoting hopefulness within healthcare, social service, and community settings.

Our Target Audience
Life’s Door engages health care professionals, patients, elderly, family members, caregivers, clergy, community members, lay leaders, and policy makers to promote hopefulness, wellbeing, dignity, and compassion within healthcare, social service and community settings.

We Impact 3 Domains: Public, Professional, and Policy Making
Public – Creating greater sensitivity to the needs and rights of people to live with dignity, hopefulness and wellbeing during times of illness and when facing life’s end

Professional – Offering training platforms which enhance clinical skills and offer tools in caring with compassion and authenticity while preventing burnout. Research and development of best practices in collaboration with professionals internationally

Policy Making – Impacting on systems and legislation which enhance access to effective, value-based medical decision making, advanced medical directives and end of life planning