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Lewis Teperman, MD

NYC Gala Teperman headshotLewis Teperman, MD, FACS is the Director of Transplant Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, as well as Director of the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Organ Transplantation Center, which he founded in 1989. Dr. Teperman is a New Yorker – raised in the Bronx, he attended the Bronx High School of Science, received his B.S. in biology from the University of Rochester in 1977, and his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1981. After his surgical residency, he went on to complete a two year fellowship in multi-organ transplant surgery under the legendary Dr. Thomas Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Teperman was recruited to the faculty at Pittsburgh where he worked prior to joining NYU in 1989. As an established leader at the NYU Langone Medical Center and New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Teperman is a past Vice Chairman of Surgery, and continues to serve as a Senior Advisor to the Department. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Medical Board. Dr. Teperman recently completed his tenure as Councillor at large for the governing body of transplant surgeons: American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS).  Dr. Teperman is Director of the ASTS Fellowship in Liver and Kidney Transplantation at the NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Teperman is an internationally recognized pioneer in liver transplantation and an authority in living donor liver transplantation, immunosuppression and organ preservation. His research includes hepatocellular carcinoma and the use of MRI assessment; drug metabolism and donor age; donor derived diseases; and the use of plasma exchange to enhance hepatic allograft survival. He has helped revolutionize post transplant treatment and prevention from Hepatitis B and C. Dr. Teperman’s current research explores the application of cellular technology-ELAD (Extracorporeal Liver Assist Device) on patient care.

Dr. Teperman has been an active member in the transplant community and integral in the development of the transplant field. He has served on the New York State Transplant Council since 2001. As an active participant in UNOS, he has served as Region 9 Counselor and has recently been re-elected for a second term. He helped develop the MELD System and sat on the Liver and Intestine Committee for nine years, as well as chairing the HCC Committee to help develop current policy. He also helped inaugurate the DTAC Committee, and is presently a member of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee as Associate Counselor.

Lastly, Dr. Teperman has been a member of many national boards including the American Liver Foundation for seven years and LOLA, the Latino Organization for Liver Awareness.  

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Rocco F. Andriola

RoccoImgUpon his father receiving a life-saving liver transplant over 25 years ago, Mr. Andriola became actively involved in the cause of organ donation and has been a passionate activist on a local, state and national level. Mr. Andriola is the co-founder and Chairman of Save Lives Now New York Foundation (SLNNY), a not-for-profit organization focused on examining the viability of various public policy initiatives to address the current organ shortage crisis. Mr. Andriola and SLNNY were instrumental in the successful passage in New York State of “Lauren’s Law” which became effective in late 2013.

Mr. Andriola has served as the first non-physician Chairman of the Board in the history of the New York Organ Donor Network and was a long-time member of its Executive Committee. The Donor Network, a not-for-profit entity, is a federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for life-saving transplantation in the metropolitan area. Mr. Andriola implemented major governance restructuring of the Donor Network converting the Board from medical to lay leadership and was instrumental in leading the organization in setting an all-time record for donors in the New York area.

The United Hospital Fund, a health services research and philanthropic organization for over 130 years, awarded Mr. Andriola the Fund’s Distinguished Community Service Award for his extraordinary volunteer leadership in implementing major improvements in the New York Organ Donor Network’s business operations, building public trust in organ donation, and leading the organization to an all-time record increase in organ and tissue donations in the New York region. The Distinguished Community Service Award was established by the Fund to recognize and promote extraordinary contributions by public-minded citizens to improve health care in New York City.

With respect to his organ donation activities on a state and national level, Mr. Andriola is a former member of the Board of Directors of Donate Life America, an organization dedicated to serving as a national voice inspiring all people to save lives through organ donation. He also served on the Board of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which is responsible for managing the national organ procurement and allocation system. In addition, Mr. Andriola served as a Board member of the New York Alliance for Donation, a coalition of organ, tissue and eye recovery organizations throughout New York State with the goal of increasing organ and tissue donation through awareness and education. Finally, he is also the past Chairman of the Board of the American Liver Foundation.

Read Rocco's full bio here!

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Robert M. Pollichino

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Robert M. Pollichino's name is synonymous with the American Liver Foundation, Greater New York Division.  He has worked tirelessly as a volunteer,  and  has served as  a Division Board member for the Foundation since 1994 when  his wife, Gina, got involved with the Long Island Chapter after her diagnosis of Hepatitis C.   

Mr.Pollichino is involved with various events all year long – year after year!   The Pollichinos’ champion the top fundraising team at the Long Island Liver Life Walk – Team Benny.  In fact, they were part of the founding members  of the Walk in 2000 – the inaugural Walk for the American Liver Foundation which is now a national signature event.  When he is not fundraising at the walk his rock band CRISIS keeps the crowd entertained.  For the annual Transplant Re-birthday Celebration he is on hand from start to finish – making signs, meeting and greeting and managing the music.   Throughout the years he has secured both financial and in-kind support from  The Madison Square Garden Company  to support each and every Greater New York Division event. 

Mr. Pollichino serves as Executive Vice President and CFO of The Madison Square Garden Company (“MSG”). 

For the past 35+ years, Mr. Pollichino has held key financial and operational management positions at MSG,  Rainbow Programming Networks and at Cablevision, the former parent company of The Madison Square Garden Company . Prior to joining  MSG, Mr. Pollichino  was Senior Vice President of Rainbow Sports. In this role he managed the SportsChannel Regional Network, the Prime Network and NewSport national sports services and corporate staff at Rainbow Sports. His responsibilities there also involved overseeing strategic planning, finance and investments. Mr. Pollichino has also held the positions of Group Vice President and General Manager for SportsChannel Associates, where he handled all business aspects of affiliate sales, advertising sales, consumer marketing, programming and production.  Prior to his role there, he was vice president, finance and administration for Rainbow Programming Networks, the predecessor  to AMC Networks Inc.. Mr. Pollichino began his career at Cablevision as  Director of Finance.  Mr. Pollichino holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public accounting from Hofstra University.

We are excited to have named Robert M. Pollichino our Liver Champion Award recipient this year.

Make a contribution for the 2014 Honors Gala in Honor of Robert M. Pollichino.