Lewis Teperman, MD
Lewis 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
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.
Make a contribution for the 2014 Honors Gala in Honor of Dr. Lewis Teperman.
Rocco F. Andriola
Upon 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!
Make a contribution for the 2014 Honors Gala in Honor of Rocco F. Andriola.
Robert M. Pollichino
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
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
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
Make a contribution for the 2014 Honors Gala in Honor of Robert M. Pollichino.