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Stuart R. Geffner, MD, MS-HCM, FACS, Named Chairman and Surgeon-in-Chief at Saint Barnabas Medical Center

05/10/2017

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 Mr. Zieniewicz.

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 conferences.

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.

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