Youmin Wu, M.D. Chief, Intra-abdominal Transplant & Hepatobilliary Surgery
Dr. Youmin Wu joined Westchester Medical Center in 2011 as Chief of Intra-Abdominal Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery, overseeing both the liver and kidney programs. He is a graduate of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China, where he completed his medical school training in 1982. He did his residency at the First Affiliated Hospital in Nanjing, followed by a fellowship at the Thomas Starzl Transplant Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.
After completing his training, Dr. Wu went on to build outstanding programs in liver, kidney and small bowel transplantation. He then joined the University of Iowa in 1993, where he spent 10 years building one of the nation’s most vibrant multi-organ transplant programs.
Dr. Wu has performed over 1000 liver and kidney transplants throughout his career and may be best known for pioneering cavaplasty, one the most widely used surgical techniques in liver transplant today. Some of his other noteworthy accomplishments include setting four world records in liver transplant, including a record for performing a transplant on the youngest recipient, a 19 day old baby. In 2003, Dr. Wu was named in the Best Doctors in America. He was also recognized by the Chinese Medical Association for his contribution to liver transplantation in China. In 2004, Dr. Wu was recruited to the University of Arkansas to start the State’s first and only liver transplant program. Before he joined Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Wu’s liver program at the University of Arkansas was ranked first in the nation by HealthGrades. Watch Dr. Wu's video: Innovations in Liver Transplantation: Cavaplasty below.
David C. Wolf, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F.
David C. Wolf, M.D. is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Diseases at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. Previously, he served on the faculties at the University of Cincinnati and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 1996, he established the Liver Transplant Program at Westchester Medical Center, where he continues to serve as its Medical Director. He has published more than 30 papers and 60 abstracts, primarily focusing upon the management of variceal bleeding and liver cancer.
Thomas Diflo, M.D.
Dr. Thomas Diflo is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Medicine. He underwent general surgery training at Boston University and both his laboratory and clinical Transplant Fellowships at Harvard Medical School, the New England Deaconess Hospital. He is board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
Upon completion of his training in 1992, Dr. Diflo assumed a position at NYU Medical Center and became an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Organ Transplant Division. He has performed nearly 1000 kidney and liver transplants, and his scientific interests include the mechanisms of chronic rejection, and the pharmacokinetics and mechanisms of action of various immunosuppressant medications. In August 2012, he was recruited to Westchester Medical Center as the Surgical Director of Kidney Transplantation.
Since 2001 he has become a widely recognized expert on the international trade of transplanted organs, with a particular interest in the transplantation of the organs of executed prisoners in China. He has written, given numerous lectures, and served on several panels on this issue, including giving testimony before the United States Congress. He has also been a guest on several media programs, including The People’s Pharmacy on National Public Radio, and Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN.
Daniel Glicklich, M.D.
Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Glicklich is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he attended medical school from 1974 -1978. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency training at Harlem Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Glicklich remained at Montefiore for his fellowship training in Nnephrology. Following fellowship, he joined the full time faculty at Montefiore where he successfully built up one of the largest and most progressive kidney transplant programs in New York.
Having published more than 65 peered -reviewed papers, Dr. Glicklich is well known for his work and academic interest in complications and management of chronic renal failure following transplantation. He has a strong commitment to medical education and has trained more than 150 Nephrology fellows. Dr. Glicklich is a the founding member of the New York Transplant Nephrology Consortium.
Ganesh Gunasekaran, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Ganesh Gunasekaran, M.D. is board-certified in general surgery and specialty trained in hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery and multi-organ transplantation. He specializes in primary and metastatic liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, renal and liver transplantation. He is highly skilled in minimally invasive procedures and complex hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeries. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College and an Attending Surgeon at Westchester Medical Center.
Dr. Ganesh Gunasekaran also leads Westchester Medical Center’s liver tumor services. This entails the comprehensive surgical management of diseases of the liver and biliary tract, including management of liver and biliary tract tumors by resection. Dr. Gunasekaran graduated from Madras Medical College, India. He completed his surgical residency at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. There he was selected to be the Academic Chief Resident and won the Excellence in Teaching Award. He received advanced training in multi-organ transplantation and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery as a fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland.
Richard Rosencrantz, M.D.
Richard Rosencrantz is a physician at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College. Previously, he served on the faculties at Weill-Cornell Medical College and Yale School of Medicine.
Gregory Veillette, M.D.
Gregory Veillette, MD was born and raised locally in Naugatuck, CT. He was an All-American swimmer and an All-state musician. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. During his undergraduate years, he received several awards, including the University of Connecticut scholar-athlete award. Dr. Veillette remained at the University of Connecticut for medical school, where he received numerous teaching and academic honors.
Following graduation from medical school in 2004, Dr. Veillette completed a surgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2007, he was awarded a research fellowship at the Transplantation Biology Research Center at Harvard Medical School, where he studied mechanisms and strategies of immunologic tolerance in organ transplantation. Dr. Veillette received multiple teaching awards from the Harvard Medical School during his residency, and upon completion of his General Surgical residency in 2011, he was chosen for a 2-year clinical fellowship in Abdominal Transplantation at the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Veillette is a board-certified surgeon with expertise in the areas of adult and pediatric liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation, split-liver and living donor transplantation, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, and hepatobiliary/pancreatic surgery. His research interests include the mechanisms of immunologic tolerance and the effects of donor brain death on tolerance induction and allograft function.