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Medical Advisory Council

We are pleased that our chapter can count on the medical expertise and advice of a Medical Advisory Council consisting of the following esteemed medical professionals.

Council members act as liaisons between chapter program staff and health care professionals to assist resolving questions regarding eligibility of referred children.

Linda J. Addonizio, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Director, Program for Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure & Transplantation, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian, NY, NY

Laura Siedman Albanese, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatric Division, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

Barbara Bambach, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

Dr. Madeline Fields, MD
Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist, Associate Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Co-Director of the Mount Sinai Epilepsy Program

Joyce Hui-Yuen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Attending Physician, Pediatric Rheumatology, Hofstra-North Shore Long Island Jewish School of Medicine/Cohen Children's Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY

Julie Khlevner, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist & Director of Gastrointestinal Motility Center, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, NY Presbyterian Morgan Stanley’s Children Hospital; Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NY, NY

Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Lucy D. Mastrandrea MD, PhD 
Pediatric Endocrinology, Associate Division Chief, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, University of New York, Buffalo, NY

Kusum Viswanathan, MD
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics; Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology;  Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York

Jeffrey H. Wisoff, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery & Pediatrics; Director, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, NY,

The Medical Advisory Council (MAC) of Make-A-Wish Metro and Western New York ensure that every qualified child in the chapter territory knows about the Foundation's services by educating the medical professionals and family support groups that serve families throughout the territory. It is comprised of a select group of medical professionals from across our three regions - Buffalo, Metro New York (NYC and Nassau County) and Rochester - and staff liaison is a Medical Outreach Associate. 

Additionally, the Medical Advisory Council will use their expertise in pediatric medicine to consult in the evaluation of cases in which chapter staff deem it necessary to require clinical feedback as to the safety and/or viability of a child’s wish.  

Member selection: 

  • Licensed Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O) – Pediatric Specialists preferred 
  • Familiar with the Make-A-Wish mission, vision and wish-granting program. 
  • Understanding of the dynamics of the medical community and families served. 

Current Medical Advisor Openings: 

  • All Pediatric Specialists 
  • Pediatric Pulmonologist – High Priority 
  • Pediatric Intensivist (ICU) – High Priority 
  • Pediatric Neurologist – High Priority 

For more information on how to become a member of our Medical Advisory Council, please contact Laura Cocozza at 

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