The American Liver Foundation has named Jean Emond, MD, as Physician of the Year. He will be honored at the foundation’s 13th annual Honors Gala Saluting Champions of Excellence September 26, 2013, at Gotham Hall in New York City.
Jean Emond, MD
Dr. Emond is Vice Chair and Chief of Liver Transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and Executive Director of the Transplant Initiative. Regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in liver disease and transplantation, Dr. Emond was a key member of Dr. Christoph Broelsch’s liver transplant team at the University of Chicago, which performed the first partial liver transplants in North America in 1985, the first split liver transplants in 1988, and the first living donor transplants in 1989. Under his direction, the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia has established a track record of distinguished clinical research and superb outcomes for children and adults.
The American Liver Foundation facilitates, advocates and promotes education, support and research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of liver disease. Its annual Honors Galas have raised over $4.2 million for research and education since their inception.
To reserve a seat or table at this year’s Gala, please visit go.liverfoundation.org or call (212) 943-1059.
In the spirit of National Organ Donation Month, WABC-TV has partnered with NewYork-Presbyterian to spread the word about organ donation. While scarcity of organ donors is a critical problem nation-wide, especially low numbers of donors affect New York, which currently ranks 48 out of the 50 states in number of living organ donors.
“It’s a tremendous public health issue,” explains Jean Emond, MD, Vice Chair and Director of Transplantation, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “If people died while waiting for heart surgery or other life-saving medical treatments, it would be considered a crisis, but patients waiting for organ transplants, which are life-saving and highly effective, are not always regarded as a population in need.”
In their new special “Connected for Life,” WABC-TV and NewYork-Presbyterian invites viewers to join area residents as they recount their personal journeys of receiving an organ transplant. This special half hour helps viewers break down the common myths surrounding deceased organ donation, focusing on what to consider when thinking about organ donation and offering advice about how one can ensure their organ donation wishes will be honored. The show also highlights groundbreaking research and how professional sports teams from our area and celebrities are helping to spread the word.
Opening an important dialogue about organ donation,“Connected for Life” encourages all to consider answering the call to become an organ donor.
To watch the entire special, please visit “Connected for Life: Celebrating the gift of life through organ donation” on 7online.