About the Author

photo IMG_0202Stephen A. Geller is a renowned pathologist who is beginning a new career as a novelist.

In 2014, his first novel, A Little Piece of Me, was published, with many laudatory reviews. It is the story of Marcia Kleinman, an accomplished musician at the prime of her life who is forced to make some heart-wrenching decisions. She has a difficult husband and a difficult mother and her little boy, Max, has been diagnosed with a rare liver disease that will likely require a liver transplant. As Max’s health declines, Marcia is faced with challenges testing her spirit, her resolve and, especially, her sense of self. She increasingly finds solace at her piano, searching for the elusive heart of Beethoven’s Appassionata. Her music is her salvation as she rediscovers her strength and passion dealing with life changing and life saving decisions while her marriage crumbles and her son gets sicker and sicker.

He is now working on new novels and short stories, as well as chapters for a major new textbook devoted to the history of pathology. In January 2016 he will begin studies leading up to a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in writing.

He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He went to Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School, renowned for its emphasis on science and mathematics, with many accomplished individuals among its graduates, including four Nobel laureates. He went on to Brooklyn College where he began as a liberal arts major but later switched to a pre-medical curriculum. After a year of graduate studies in biology at New York University he studied at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., earning the M.D. degree in May 1964.

He was a rotating (internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, emergency medicine) intern at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital from 1964 to 1965 and then was a resident in pathology, from 1965-1969, at The Mount Sinai Hospital. From 1969 to 1971 he was Lieutenant Commander and chief of laboratory services at the Naval Hospital, Beaufort, S.C.. He returned to Mount Sinai in 1971, joining the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as assistant professor and eventually achieving full professorship. From January 1975 to June 1978 he was acting chairman. He was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award from the City University of New York in 1974 and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the honor medical society, in 1982. He has had various leadership positions at both Mount Sinai and Cedars-Sinai as well as in a number of professional organizations and in 2015 was elected president of the History of Pathology Society. He was a co-founder of the Hans Popper Hepatopathology Society, named in honor of his teacher, now in its 25th year.

In 1984 he left Mount Sinai to become chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and was also appointed as professor at UCLA. For 22 years he led the pathology department at Cedars-Sinai, including 35 faculty members, 24 residents and fellows, and more than 350 technicians, technologists and other support staff. During that period he was awarded the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching five times. He remained on the faculty at Cedars-Sinai for another six years and now teaches part-time at both UCLA and at the Weill Cornell College of Medicine in New York.

He served as vice-president of the New York Pathological Society before he moved to Los Angeles. He was elected president of the Los Angeles Society of Pathologist and the President of the California Society of Pathologists. In 2010 the Los Angeles Society of Pathologists presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been selected for “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare,” “Who’s Who in American Education,” and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.”

Recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in liver pathology and the autopsy, he has authored more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters and monographs and has co-authored two textbooks of pathology: Histopathology and Biopsy Interpretation of the Liver, which had two editions. He has given more than a hundred invited lectures at scientific venues and medical centers throughout the world, speaking about liver and gastrointestinal diseases, autopsy and the history of pathology. He developed an elective course for medical students at Mount Sinai entitled “Medicine in Literature,” which he continued for residents at Cedars-Sinai where he also developed another elective, “Medicine in Film.”

He has been married more then 50 years to Kate DeJong Geller, who he met when she was a student nurse and he was a technician at Lenox Hill Hospital. Their son, David, is a software developer and entrepreneur who lives in Seattle with his wife, Cathia, and daughter, Lila. Stephen and Kate’s daughter, Jennifer, is a graduate of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and is currently completing a master’s degree in mediation and conflict resolution at Columbia University.

 

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