Meet our distinguished panel of judges

Earning an award is a pleasant experience. Earning the respect and admiration of your peers is a special accomplishment. And being recognized by some of the leading health care industry professionals an one of the best, is truly unique and something to be treasured for a lifetime. Our 2017 panel of judges combined experience, leadership and the gravitas necessary to impart the right sense of importance and value to this recognition. We were honored to have these five leaders select our first Centers Health Care Patient Advocacy Award winner in 2017. Check back to see the additional industry notables who will be added to the 2018 panel.

President and CEO, Nyack Hospital

After attending Duke University, Dr. Geller received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center and his degree in Diagnostic Radiology from New York Medical College. He currently serves as CEO of Nyack Hospital where he has practiced since 1997, serving as Radiology Department Chair for 17 years prior to becoming CEO. Dr. Geller is a Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners and a Diplomate of American Board of Radiology as well as a member of numerous medical societies including the Radiological Society of North America, The New York Roentgen Ray Society, American Roentgen Ray Society, Rockland County Medical Society, New York State Medical Society, New York State Radiological Society, American Medical Association, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound and the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Senior Vice President, Mount Sinai Health System

Dr. Farber leads the development and standardization of quality measures within the clinically integrated network while overseeing the development, installation, and monitoring of programs and systems to evaluate the quality, value, and efficiency of care across our clinical system. He also develops and manages practice transformation services for primary and specialty care, specialized clinical solutions, and patient engagement programs to improve clinical outcomes in support of the Health System’s population health strategy.

Dr. Farber also holds the position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Mount Sinai Health Partners. In that role he is responsible for the development and management of Population Health quality programs and clinical integration efforts within the Mount Sinai Health System and across the community of aligned providers. His efforts engage physicians to implement care management programs in their practices to improve care quality and efficiency.

Dr. Farber earned his medical degree and completed a Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He has completed a fellowship in Geriatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount and holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Program Director, NASW NY

Kimberly obtained her Master’s in Social Work from the State University at Albany in 2008. After receiving her Masters, Kimberly worked at the Empire State Pride Agenda, coordinating a statewide coalition of LGBTQ health and human services providers. Following her time with the Pride Agenda, she was a professional advocate for those living in long term care facilities with the New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, supervising over 80 volunteers and working with over 150 long term care facilities in a five county region. After working in a small development department at a local nonprofit, Kimberly joined NASW-NYS in August 2015.

Director of Health Wellness, Borough of Staten Island

Dr. Mantello received her medical education at the University of Bombay and completed her residency at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Mantello a neuroradiologist at Montefiore Medical Center and serves as the Director of Health and Wellness for the Borough of Staten Island. She has taught meditation at Staten Island Technical High School, and is co-chair of the Wellness Committee at Staten Island University Hospital. She is a past recipient of the Renaissance Award presented by The DaVinci Society of Wagner College.

Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in palliative care. Jill graduated from San Diego State University with her Masters in Social Work, in 2006 and a Bachelor’s of Art in Child Development with a minor in Pre-Therapeutic Psychology.

She currently serves as a palliative care social worker at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, supporting patients and their families in the midst of life threatening illness. In 2014, along with two physicians, Jill formed a Palliative Care clinic specializing in the care of oncology patients. Prior to joining the palliative care team, Jill spent several years working in the community as a hospice social worker. She also has past experience working in pediatric social work, both in the intensive care unit and emergency department.

In addition to her clinical work, Jill is a member of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network as well as the Association of Oncology Social Workers. In 2017, she will be a presenter at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly.