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Israel Bonds New Jersey to Honor Local Health Professionals

Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Dr. Stuart Geffner of Livingston
Morristown Medical Center’s Dr. Renee Frankel of Short Hills

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s (SBMC) Dr. Stuart Geffner of Livingston and Morristown Medical Center’s Dr. Renee Frankel of Short Hills will be honored at this year’s Health Professionals Dinner at Crystal Plaza on Monday, hosted by Israel Bonds New Jersey.

Geffner, the Director of Renal and Pancreas Transplant Surgery at SBMC since 1995, has helped to build the program into one of the largest kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the country. His expertise in transplant surgery includes performing the world’s first robotic assisted kidney transplant surgery, a transplant on the youngest pediatric patient in New Jersey, and New Jersey’s first laparoscopic kidney donation surgery and isolated pancreas transplant. He currently maintains an active clinical practice in transplant surgery, general surgery, and advanced laparoscopic surgery.

In May 2017, Dr. Geffner was appointed as chairman and surgeon-in-chief of the Department of Surgery at SBMC. He has also held several leadership roles within the medical staff at SBMC, including Medical Staff President from 2011-2013; joined the board of trustees in 2011; and was invited to continue as a full trustee at the completion of his presidency. He has been active on numerous medical staff committees and is the chairman of the Quality Committee of the Board of Trustees.

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Geffner resides in Livingston, with his wife, Randi, and two children, Rachel and Adam. The family is a member of Temple B’nai Abraham. Dr. Geffner has travelled to Israel on three occasions and hopes to return to Israel with the next Israel Bonds medical mission.

He accepts this honor in memory of his father, Barry Geffner, who instilled in the Geffner family a strong sense of Jewish life and love for the State of Israel.

Frankel, an infectious disease physician, celebrates her 20th year of practice this year. She specializes in hospital-based infections and provides comprehensive care for patients living with immunodeficiency such as HIV infection.

In January of 2018, Frankel will become president of the medical staff of Morristown Medical Center, where she currently manages sepsis, endocarditis, pneumonia and other hospital-based infections. She also practices at Affiliated Medical Associates, where she treats people suffering from tick-borne and travel-related diseases, urologic infections and complicated wounds.

Frankel remembers falling in love with her Jewish homeland on a trip to Israel with her synagogue after Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation when she was 15 years old. Her passion for Israel deepened as a participant in the Israel Bonds Medical Delegation this year, giving her a greater appreciation for the medical innovation coming out of Israel.

Frankel is a member of South Orange’s Tempple Sharey Tefilo Israel.

She is the proud mother of her two daughters: Rebecca, a psychiatric social worker at Columbia Columbia Presbyterian; and Hannah, a student at Fordham Law School. Both recently enjoyed their Birthright experiences. Frankel credits her father, the late Dr. Albert Frankel, a surgeon, and mother, Ruth French Frankel, for instilling in her a love of Jewish heritage and commitment to healing others.

Dr. Salman Zarka, director general of Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel will serve as the guest speaker at Monday’s event.

For more information about this event, contact Linda Schmidt at Linda.Schmidt@israel or 973-712-1408. 

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