April 2019


Jessica’s Story

NewYork-Presbyterian: The Place that Gave Jessica a Second Chance at Life

For several years, Jessica Chipkin-Klein suffered from debilitating bouts of fatigue and nausea, which she initially attributed to her new college lifestyle.

In her final year of studies, her symptoms escalated. One day, she began vomiting uncontrollably and collapsed at her parents’ house. When her brother found her hours later, she was so jaundiced that, in her words, she looked like a “yellow highlighter.”

It took doctors a week to determine the cause of Jessica’s symptoms: Wilson’s disease, a rare genetic liver disorder. Wilson’s disease affects one in every 30,000 people and causes copper to accumulate in the liver, brain, and other vital organs. Untreated, it can result in death.

Jessica needed highly specialized care—fast. So, there was only one place to go: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. By the time she arrived, Jessica was in acute liver failure. It was too late for medicine—Jessica would need a liver transplant to survive.

Thankfully, her team at NewYork-Presbyterian included specialists who understood and treated Wilson’s disease, and they set a plan in motion to save her life. After nine days in the intensive care unit (ICU), Jessica received a transplant—and a gift of life.

Today, Jessica is thriving. She is now happily married (members of her transplant team attended her wedding!) and owns her own business. And she makes sure to repay her good fortune by serving as a volunteer to help educate others about organ donation.

In recognition of National Donate Life Month, watch this special video where Jessica shares her journey. Her story is just one of the many amazing things at NewYork-Presbyterian that your support helps make possible. Thank you!






Have you ever wondered why doctors recommend the Mediterranean diet? Inspired by the typical dietary habits of people who live in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, this diet emphasizes meals full of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish—and even wine.

Study after study confirms that the health benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet are numerous, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. And unlike many fad diets, it is easy to follow and maintain.

Gary Gabelman, MD, a cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, outlines the Mediterranean diet in this recent Health Matters article. In it, you will also find a slideshow of five helpful tips to incorporate into your next meal. Start today by trying out our delicious Sensational Stuffed Peppers recipe here!




While the number of organ transplants performed annually has steadily increased over the past six years, the need for organ donation has never been greater. It is estimated that nearly 114,000 people are on the national organ transplant waiting list, with a new person added every 10 minutes.

Additionally, patients who receive an organ often experience complications such as tissue rejection, further compounding the organ shortage. That is why Megan Sykes, MD, Director of the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, is using cutting-edge research designed to improve the long-term outlook for transplant patients.

In honor of National Donate Life Month, please take a few moments to learn more about organ donation, including what to expect as a living organ donor.




The next time you are in the mood for a flavorful, colorful, and healthy meal that is sure to wow your family and friends, consider our Sensational Stuffed Peppers recipe.

Developed by the registered dietitians and chefs of NewYork-Presbyterian, this recipe provides an abundance of key vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and copper. And it contains an incredible 10 grams of fiber—over one-third of the minimum recommended daily allowance!




March 27, 2018, started off like any other day for Ron Wuaten. Like millions of New York City commuters, he takes the subway to work. Yet as he climbed the subway steps to his job, he immediately knew something was off—he began gasping for his next breath.

He walked to a nearby Duane Reade at 40 Wall St. There, from a private room, Ron accessed one of NewYork-Presbyterian’s OnDemand Urgent Care kiosks, one of several available at select Duane Reade stores throughout Manhattan. Ron was quickly connected with a NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center board-certified emergency medicine physician. Following a virtual exam that consisted of questions and measuring his vitals, Ron was instructed to visit the emergency room at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital right away.

Ron was surprised to learn he had a bevy of diagnoses: congestive heart failure, fluid in his lungs, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. He was immediately put on a treatment plan that included medication and, in Ron’s words, “a new outlook on life.” Today, he credits his experience with his NewYork-Presbyterian care team, including his visit to the OnDemand kiosk, for saving his life.

NYP OnDemand Urgent Care is just one component of NewYork-Presbyterian’s OnDemand suite of digital telehealth services. Learn more about these innovative and convenient services here. You can also download the NYP OnDemand app for your smartphone or tablet device.

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