Yoel served in the Israel Defense Forces for 26 years – starting out as a front-line Combat Paramedic and rapidly ascending through all levels of command, to reach the position of Assistant to the Surgeon General. He retired from the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Yoel earned a B.A. in Nursing from the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Nursing in Jerusalem and a Master of Health Administration degree from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He went on to earn a Master of Neuroscience degree from Tel Aviv University Sagol School of Neuroscience and has just recently completed his PhD. in Business Administration also from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

In March 2022, Yoel served as director of Sheba Medical Center’s Field Hospital which was deployed to war-torn Ukraine. In its six-week deployment, the Field Hospital treated over 6,000 patients, conducted over 60 surgeries, and brought two babies into the world. For this humanitarian initiative and undertaking, he was chosen by The Algemeiner as one of the top 100 people positively influencing Jewish Life, in 2022, and in 2023, was included in Israel 21c 48 Israelis who are uniquely shaping Israel and the world.