Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer at
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, announces the appointment of Stuart R.
Geffner, MD, MS-HCM, FACS, as Chairman and Surgeon-in Chief, Department
of Surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “Dr. Geffner was selected
after a comprehensive national search. A transplant surgeon and medical
staff leader, he has a proven track record of accomplishment. Dr. Geffner’s
vision for the future of perioperative services and our surgical residency
program is very exciting and will continue to elevate our program both
regionally and nationally,” states Mr. Zieniewicz.
Dr. Geffner is an experienced transplant surgeon in the United States having
performed over two thousand renal transplants and over one thousand living
donor surgeries in his role as Director of Transplant Surgery for The
Division of Renal and Pancreas Transplant at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
He has been instrumental in building the program into one of the largest
renal and pancreas transplant centers in the United States. Dr. Geffner
maintains an active clinical practice in transplant surgery, general surgery,
and advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Geffner’s contributions to the organization have occurred both
inside and outside the operating room including 10 years as a Medical
Staff officer culminating in the role of president. While president of
the Medical Staff, Dr. Geffner presided over the successful hospital transition
to a full electronic health record. He joined the Board of Trustees in
2011 and was elected the chairman of the Quality Committee in 2015. “Dr.
Geffner is a driven leader who is passionate about providing the highest
quality and safest care for our patients and their families,” states
Dr. Geffner received his undergraduate degree in bioengineering at the
University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the New Jersey
Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center, and then completed a two-year fellowship in abdominal
organ transplant surgery at the University of Wisconsin. In 2015, Dr.
Geffner received a Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Management from
the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is a published author
and has made multiple presentations at national and international surgical
Dr. Geffner plays an active role in the community and pioneered "Live
from Kidney Transplant," a series of live, interactive video telecasts
of renal transplant surgery which have been watched by more than 15,000
local, national and international high school students in partnership
with the Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ.
He is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership, American
College of Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation.