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About Us

Liver disease mirrors the population we serve – it cuts across ethnic, racial, and gender lines. The Greater New York Division of the American Liver Foundation is dedicated to our diverse community in both New York and North Jersey. We provide a wide variety of services including support groups, liver wellness education programs, a national helpline, exciting fundraising events, and volunteer opportunities. Founded in 1997, the Division has successfully served thousands of liver disease patients and their families.

Please visit our site often to learn about fundraising and program events that we have planned for the months and year ahead, as well as ways to get involved. The Division’s goal is to serve the New York State and Northern New Jersey areas, and volunteers from these areas are always needed and welcome. Our outstanding record of achievement would not be possible without people from the community, like you. If you are interested in volunteering, please call (212) 943 -1059 or email Greater New York Division.

Veronica Perez
Executive Director

Paul Bolter
Community Outreach and Education Manager

Nicolette Illiano
Events Manager

Michael Busby

Anne Catalano

Eugene Cautillo
Executive Committee

Richard M. Colton
Executive Committee

Douglas T. Dieterich, MD

Dave Frank

Susan Greenwood


Elizabeth Polizzi

Robert Pollichino

Gina M. Pollichino, RN
Board Chair

Hailey Puleo

Dave Rodgers
Executive Committee

Shirley Rubin

Honorary Members

Angela S. Anton

Nancy H. Kantor
Board Member Emeritus

David E. Bernstein, MD
Northwell Health

Henry C. Bodenheimer, Jr., MD
Northwell Health

Roxana Bodin, MD
Westchester Medical Center

Robert S. Brown, Jr., MD
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Jaime Chu, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

David Cohen, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Andrew De La Torre, MD
St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center

Douglas T. Dieterich, MD, Chairman
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Jean C. Emond, MD
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Brett Fortune, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Paul Gaglio, MD
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center

Ira M. Jacobson, MD
NYU Langone Medical Center

Raymond P. Kenny, MD
Summit Medical Center

Sonal Kumar, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine

Leona Kim Schluger, MD
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Milan Kinkhabwala, MD
Montefiore Medical Center

Edward Lebovics, MD, FACP, AGAF, FACG, FAASLD
New York Medical College

Nadia Ovchinsky
The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore-Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Melissa Palmer, MD

James Park, MD
NYU Langone Medical Center

Nikolaos T. Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF, NAASLD
Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School

John F. Reinus, M.D.
Montefiore Medical Center

Lewis W. Teperman, MD
New York University Medical Center

David C. Wolf, MD
Westchester Medical Center

Howard J. Worman, MD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Associate Board of Directors

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Mission Statement

The Associate Board’s mission is to shape the world by empowering future leaders, building communities, and advancing ALF’s mission to prevent, treat, and cure liver disease.


  • Annual Lunch/Dinner with Board of Directors and ALF Executive Team
  • 75% Discount on Honors Gala Tickets
  • Name Featured on American Liver Foundation’s Website
  • Have Your Resume Professionally Reviewed

What else?

  • Make a Difference in the World Around You
  • Practice Your Interviewing Skills
  • Expand Your Network and Meet New People
  • Gain Access to Exclusive Networking Events and Grow Your Social Capital
  • Strengthen Your Resume, Cover Letter, and Develop Meaningful References
  • Discover New Job Opportunities
  • Network with Influential Executives Throughout New York City


  • Members must attend a minimum of 3 quarterly meetings that will take place in February, May, August, and November
  • Support the American Liver Foundation in accordance with the “Give or Get” policy, by:
    • Contributing a donation in the amount of $250.00 annually, or secure an annual gift in the amount of, or valuing in total, $250.00 by August 31st of each year
  • Contribute to at least one signature event in one or more of the following ways:
    • Secure a sponsorship/donation for the Division
    • Captain a Walk Team
    • Volunteer at the Liver Life Walk(s), Gala, or Marathon
    • Participate in, or assist in facilitating, a Make a Difference Event
    • Secure a minimum of 2 silent auction items for the Gala
    • Identify an Honors Gala nominee or speaker
  • All members commit to a two-year term where they are expected to bring enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity to the team
  • All members are responsible for setting up an in-person meeting with the Chair or Co-Chair
  • May require attending supplemental meetings, such as joining conference calls, or doing work outside of scheduled quarterly meetings
  • Must plan to attend the event(s) the individual is responsible for & be actively engaged in the execution of event(s)
  • Members are encouraged, but not required, to attend on-going (insert name) Board events for networking, volunteering, and leadership opportunities

Submit your application

Sustaining a Professionals Group isn’t only about happy hours and networking. Our goal is to provide our Associate Board with the educational resources and civic engagement opportunities that encourage them to take agency in advocacy efforts, build relationships, expand their skills, and advance their careers.


Our ideal candidate will be a young working professional 21 to 40-year-old who has access to a network of young professionals (i.e. through work at a corporation or in the community), as well as experience with advocacy. Those with fundraising and volunteer experience are highly encouraged to apply.


Interested candidates should contact Veronica Perez at (646) 737-9400, or by e-mail at Please include an updated version of your resume and two references available.

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