As a college sophomore, Joanna Adler was unexpectedly diagnosed with a rare illness called Wilson’s disease, and underwent an urgent liver transplant at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Today, 16 years later, Ms. Adler remains close to her physician, Leona Kim-Schluger, MD, the Sidney J. Zweig Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Associate Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute. Ms. Adler is also a strong supporter of Mount Sinai, which she credits for saving her life.
Recently, Ms. Adler—a Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker, law student, and marathon runner—helped fund the complete renovation of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute’s outpatient center located on the 12th floor of the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice at 5 East 98th Street. The newly named Joanna Adler Outpatient Center is a warm, open space with abundant natural light and comfortable seating. An updated lab and new private educational suite further enhance the outpatient experience.
Last year, Ms. Adler endowed a chair for Sander Florman, MD, Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute, who is the Charles Miller, MD Professor of Surgery. The chair honors Charles Miller, MD, former Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute.