Dr. Jon LaPook MD, Dr. William Fisher MD, Deborah Rubin, Kate Lear, Ruth Crowe MD PhD, Loren Galler-Rabinowitz MD, Siobhan Dunne, Delia Ephron, Walt Leiding,, Rachel Sarnoff, Rebecca Rubin RN, Karen Leiding

Our Team

Our team is composed of leaders in medicine, entertainment, business, journalism, and the arts:

Dr. Jon LaPook
Creator and Executive Director of The Empathy Project, the Mebane Professor of Gastroenterology at NYU School of Medicine and a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Health. Dr. LaPook was recruited to NYU Langone Health to establish this project and has the endorsement of the Dean, Dr. Robert Grossman, the Chief of Medicine, Dr. Steven Abramson, and the head of The Tisch School of the Arts, Allyson Green. Dr. LaPook graduated with honors from Yale University and received his M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected into AOA. As Chief Medical Correspondent for CBS News, he has done more than 1,000 broadcast reports, appearing on 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, Face the Nation, CBS This Morning, and CBS Sunday Morning. He has won two Emmy awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards, and been named a Peabody Award finalist.

Dr. William Fisher
Content contributor and medical advisor to The Empathy Project. He is a board certified psychiatrist. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Deborah Rubin
Managing Director for The Empathy Project. She is also an Associate Producer for the CBS Evening News. Her work has been awarded a duPont-Columbia Award and has been nominated for Emmy and Peabody Awards.

Kate Lear
Creative consultant. Kate Lear is a writer, theater producer and philanthropist. As a Trustee of the Frances Lear Foundation, she supports work in the areas of the arts, the environment and juvenile justice. She is the proud board chair of Ballet Hispanico of New York and a member of the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library.

Ann Misiaszek Sarnoff
Project Advisor. Ann has spent most of her career building businesses, brands and franchises in the media industry and is currently Chair and CEO of Warner Bros. Ann sits on the boards of PayPal Holdings, Inc. and Georgetown University, and is Vice Chair of the advisory board of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown. Ann is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School.

Dr. Ruth Crowe
Content contributor and medical advisor to The Empathy Project. Dr. Crowe MD PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. As Director of Integrated Clinical Skills, she collaborates with the educator community in Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education to develop high value curriculum and assessment to promote safe, high-value patient-centered care.  Central to the mission is a commitment to promote effective communication skills through foundational experiences and continuous practice and feedback throughout training and clinical practice.

Dr. Loren Galler Rabinowitz
Content contributor and medical advisor to The Empathy Project. Dr. Rabinowitz graduated from Harvard University and received her M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons where she was elected into AOA, and received the 2015 Michael P.  Aranow Memorial Prize, awarded by the Columbia University Department of Medicine, “for best exemplifying the caring and humane qualities of the practicing physician.” She completed internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia University and is currently a fellow in gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Siobhan Dunne
Creative consultant. She is a professional filmmaker, editor, and screenwriter with numerous credits in film and television.

Delia Ephron
Script consultant and advisor. She is the bestselling author of novels and nonfiction, a screenwriter, journalist, and playwright.

Anta Cissé-Green
Advisor. She is Associate General Counsel at NYU Langone Health with primary responsibility for advising on a variety of fundraising and tax-related legal matters. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and her L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law. In addition to being named as an honoree in the Crain’s 2019 Notable Women of Law, Anta has also been honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example”, in recognition of her many years of commitment to providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented New Yorkers. Anta is President-Elect for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and a board member of the Children’s Law Center in New York.

Walt Leiding
Project advisor. He is the Director of Bureau Operations for CBS News, overseeing technical operations for all domestic and international CBS News bureaus.

Dr. Rachel Pam Sarnoff
Content contributor and medical advisor to The Empathy Project. Dr. Sarnoff graduated from Brown University and received her M.D. from NYU School of Medicine, Class of 2019. In 2018 she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognizes students, residents, and faculty for excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service. She is now a resident at the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and plans to pursue a fellowship in Gastroenterology or Palliative Care.

Rebecca Rubin RN
Project advisor. She is an certified oncology nurse and works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Karen Zornow Leiding
Project Advisor. She is a nonprofit arts administrator and entrepreneur. Most recently she served as Director of Marketing & Communications for the nonprofit Big Apple Circus.  Previously she worked for the Arts & Business Council of New York (ABC/NY) and at Manhattan Theatre Club.