New director spearheads Northwell liver effort

Renowned surgical-transplant expert Lewis Teperman will lead Northwell Health's new liver-transplant program.

Northwell Health’s drive for a new liver-transplant program kicked into gear Monday with the appointment of a new transplantation director.

Lewis Teperman has been named the new vice chair of surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and will become Northwell Health’s director of organ transplantation, the health system said in a statement. Tepermen was recruited from New York University’s Langone Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine, where he also served as surgery vice chairman.

Teperman – who was the founder and director of the Manhattan-based Langone Medical Center’s Mary Lea Johnson Richards Organ Transplant Center – was the ideal person to develop Northwell Health’s liver-transplant program, according to Gene Coppa, Northwell senior vice president and executive director of surgical services.

“As we look to develop plans for a liver transplantation center, we sought to recruit the best – and we found him in Dr. Lewis Teperman,” noted Coppa, who is also the chairman of surgery at NSUH, the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

“As we prepare to file a formal request with the state to establish a liver-transplant program, Dr. Teperman’s arrival at Northwell Health solidifies our program as a destination for advanced liver surgical procedures,” Coppa said in a statement.

Teperman graduated with honors from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed a two-year fellowship in multi-organ transplant surgery under legendary surgeon Thomas Starzl – the “father of modern transplantation” – at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He’s recognized internationally as an expert in living-donor liver transplantation, immunosuppression and organ preservation.

Northwell Health’s new transplantation director, who has worked extensively in the areas of post-transplant treatment and post-surgical prevention of Hepatitis B and C, also helped develop the Model for End Stage Liver Disease, a system used to prioritize patients waiting for a liver transplant.

Teperman served for nine years on the United Network for Organ Sharing’s Liver/Intestine Transplantation Committee. He currently serves on the network’s Membership Professional Standards Committee, which develops quality measures for transplants.

A past board member of the American Liver Foundation, the Latino Organization for Liver Awareness and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Teperman has served on the New York State Transplant Council since 2001.

As vice chairman of surgery, he will lead Northwell Health’s existing organ-transplant programs and spearhead the new liver-transplant effort. He will also oversee quality-improvement efforts throughout NSUH’s Department of Surgery and head up various academic programs for medical students and residents.