Executive Staff Biographies
Caryn A. Schwab
Caryn Schwab has been a dynamic force in New York City health care for more than 30 years. In her current role as Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens, she is leading the effort to modernize the hospital and provide the highest quality patient care to the growing community it serves.
Since joining the hospital when it was acquired by the internationally recognized Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, Schwab has led major facility upgrades, program expansions and quality improvements. Most notable is the Hospital’s highly regarded designation by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, the only such hospital in Queens. Schwab’s focus on quality, service and patient satisfaction has fostered a culture committed to compassionate and safe care by everyone on staff—from doctors and nurses to technicians and orderlies.
Schwab has launched numerous capital improvements, including upgrading and expanding the Emergency Department, creating a first-floor imaging suite with MRI and CT, renovating Surgical Services including the addition of a two-room endoscopy suite and establishing a Patient Resource Room. Under her leadership, the Hospital has increased its outreach to the community through health screenings, educational lectures and workshops.
Caryn Schwab began her health career at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She later served as Chief of Staff to the First Deputy Mayor of the City of New York, helping to oversee health and human services agencies, and then served as health care advisor to Mayor Edward I. Koch. Prior to joining Mount Sinai Queens, Schwab was the Executive Director of Babies & Children’s Hospital of New York and the Sloane Hospital for Women, part of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, now known as New York Presbyterian Hospital.
As the head of one of the leading community hospitals in Queens, Schwab is active in the community she serves. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, she currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation and the Queens Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on the board of Sunnyside Community Services, a non-profit health and social services organization serving a multi-generational population.
Schwab holds a BA from Colgate University and an MA in Public Policy from The New School.
Judy V. Trilivas
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Judy Trilivas knows the inner workings of Mount Sinai Queens perhaps better than anyone. The Chief Operating Officer has held numerous positions at the hospital since beginning her career as an emergency room nurse. Her 19 years of working directly with patients, coupled with her administrative experience, have given Trilivas a deep understanding of all aspects of health care.
Since becoming COO in 2007, Trilivas is responsible for day-to-day management of Mount Sinai Queens. In addition, she plays a key role in strategic planning and oversees the implementation of all hospital initiatives. She was instrumental in the efforts that resulted in Mount Sinai Queens being designated as the borough’s only Primary Stroke Center, both by New York State and the highly regarded Joint Commission.
As the former Director of Quality and Care Management, she significantly improved the delivery of quality medical care and service at all levels of the hospital organization. She has successfully streamlined the hospital’s internal operations, achieving efficiencies across all departments, to the benefit of patients. Following the 9/11 attacks, she spearheaded the hospital’s disaster management and bioterrorism planning.
Trilivas holds an MA in health administration from Brooklyn College. She holds a number of case management and administrative certifications and is a member of many professional organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and the National and New York Associations of Healthcare Quality. She is the recipient of the Shareing & Careing Community Service Award, the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award and was named one of the Top Ten Queens Women in Business.
Brian Radbill, MD, FACP
Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs
As Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Medical Affairs, Brian Radbill, MD, FACP, is responsible for the delivery of consistent, high-quality, patient-focused medical care by nearly 500 physicians representing nearly 40 medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties. Having joined the Mount Sinai Queens executive staff in November 2013, Dr. Radbill is quickly making a positive impact upon the physicians, nurses and support staff of the hospital.
Dr. Radbill is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Nephrology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, and specializing in chronic kidney disease, he served as the medical director of the dialysis program and clinical director of the renal division, where he oversaw the care of hundreds of patients with end-stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, and acute kidney injury.
Throughout his 15-year career at Mount Sinai, Dr. Radbill has devoted much of his time to insuring the highest level of quality care and patient safety throughout the hospital. As Vice Chair of Quality for the Department of Medicine, he developed a series of online tools to measure and monitor clinical performance. Dr. Radbill chaired several departmental performance improvement committees and actively participated in many hospital workgroups aimed at improving quality and patient safety throughout the institution. In those capacities he collaborated closely with his colleagues in Nursing, Social Work, and Quality Assurance to insure consistent, comprehensive, high-quality care for patients across all disciplines.
Dr. Radbill has conducted research supported by the National Institutes of Health and has published in medical journals on a wide range of subjects involving the diagnosis and treatment of kidney-related diseases, including diabetic kidney disease, chronic kidney disease, viral-associated renal disease, and end-stage renal disease. Dr. Radbill has previously discussed chronic kidney disease in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up, and he produced a short documentary entitled, "Life in the Spin Cycle," to educate patients and trainees about the challenges of maintenance hemodialysis.
After receiving his BA from the University of Michigan, Dr. Radbill received his MD from the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Radbill did his postdoctoral training at The Mount Sinai Hospital, completing both his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Nephrology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Kathleen M. Scher, RN
Vice President, Nursing
Since joining Mount Sinai Queens in 2005, Kathleen M. Scher has made improving quality nursing care and patient satisfaction a top priority. She has increased the frequency with which nurses make rounds to check patients’ pain and overall comfort levels, and she has focused on improving care for older, frail patients, resulting in reduced rates of falls and pressure ulcers. These initiatives and other innovative programs have increased patient satisfaction, especially regarding nursing care. The well-trained nursing team she has developed enjoys a significantly lower turnover rate than the national average.
Before joining Mount Sinai Queens, Scher served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains, NY. Prior to that, Scher was the Corporate Vice President of Acute Care Services and Vice President of Nursing for seven years at Catholic Medical Centers in Queens, where she directed a staff of 2,000 nurses throughout the centers’ many hospitals and facilities. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in nursing leadership at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
Scher holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Bridgeport, two Master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BS in Nursing from Pace University. She is board-certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Association.
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications
As Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, Shelly Felder is responsible for promoting the culture of excellence in medicine and patient care at Mount Sinai Queens. Since joining Mount Sinai Queens, Felder has increased public response to the hospital’s educational offerings by nearly 93 percent. Responsible for community outreach and volunteer services, as well as Workplace Wellness, Felder has a strong commitment to the western Queens community.
Felder has more than 25 years experience in public and private sector marketing communications. Most recently, she was the Director of Marketing & Customer Relations at the 92nd Street Y, one of New York City’s preeminent cultural and community organizations. During her 10-year tenure, she was responsible for creating, implementing and managing the marketing and promotion of the Y’s hundreds of health, fitness, family, social, political, educational and performing and literary arts programs. She also worked at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City as Director of Group Sales and Marketing.
Felder served on the board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the National Academy. She is currently on the board of directors of the Astoria Performing Arts Center.
Felder holds a BA in sociology and psychology from City University of New York, Hunter College.