University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Family Medicine

Bio for Berta Geller, EdD

Berta Geller, EdD

Professor of Family Medicine Emerita

Contact Information
Office Location:
Department of Family Medicine, 106 Carrigan Dr., Rowell 235, Burlington, VT 05405


1996             University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Advance Concepts and Methods in
                     Cancer Epidemiology, Epid 704.
1991             University of Vermont, Ed.D, Educational Administration.
1981             University of Vermont, M.Ed., Health Education.
1974-1976    Apprenticeship Trained Physician's Assistant, Vermont Women's Health Center.
1968             State University of New York at New Paltz, B.S., Art Education.

Academic Interests

Informed decision making; Understanding research results

Research Interests

Breast Cancer Screening, Cancer Survivorship


Public Health Education, Epidemiology

Academic Appointments

2012-Present      Emeritus Professor, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine,
                            University of Vermont.
2010-Present      Adjunct Professor, Dartmouth College, College of Medicine

Prior Academic Appointments
2004-2012           Research Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Radiology, and
                            Office of Health Promotion Research, College of Medicine, University of Vermont.
1998-2005           Institutional Review Board, Chair for the Committee on Human Research in the
                            Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Vermont.
1992-2005           Institutional Review Board, Member, Committee on Human Research in
                            the Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Vermont.
1999-2004           Research Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice, and Office of Health
                            Promotion Research, College of Medicine, University of Vermont.
1992-1999           Research Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, and Office of Health
                            Promotion Research, College of Medicine, University of Vermont. 
1985-1992           Research Staff, Office of Health Promotion Research, College of Medicine,
                            University of Vermont.
1981-1985           Lecturer, Health Education Program, Department of Human Development Studies,
                            College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont.

Research Grants

2011-2016       Risk-Based Breast Cancer Screening in Community Settings.Site principal investigator
                        in year 1 of a program project (Dr. Miglioretti, Group Health Research Institute and Dr.
                        Kerlikowske, UCSF principal investigators) with three research projects to develop
                        better risk models and assess optimal screening by risk. National Cancer Institute, 10/11-
                        9/16. $376,100.
2011-2016      Vermont Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized
                        Regimens Research Center. Principal investigator in year 1 of a study to identify ways to
                        improve the breast cancer screening process. It includes three research studies whose
                        theme is: Reducing overtreatment due to screening: Identifying predictive markers of
                        DCIS progression. National Cancer Institute 10/11-9/16. $4,683,202.
2009-2014       Accuracy of Breast Pathology and the Impact of Technology & Double Reading. Co-
                        investigator working with principal investigators, Drs. Donald Weaver (UVM) and
                        Joann Elmore (University of Washington). We are evaluating the extent of variability of
                        pathologists’ diagnosis of breast cancer, its sources and its impact on women undergoing
                        breast biopsy. In addition we will evaluate possible techniques to improve accuracy,
                        such as digital transmission of slide images and double reading. National Cancer
                        Institute,7/09-6/14, $303,480.
2010-2011      Journey Forward Cancer Care Plans in the Rural Northeast. Principal Investigator of a
                        study through the Dartmouth Institute for Health Care Policy and Clinical Practice that
                        tested the feasibility of delivering cancer care plans for breast cancer  and colorectal 
                        cancer survivors. We measured the impact of the cancer care plans on the patient,
                        primary care provider and oncology staff. 10/10-9/11, CDC, $221,000.
2009-2011       Improving Breast Cancer Outcomes for Older Women Through Effective Use 
                        of  Screening Mammography. Co-investigator with Pamela Vacek, Ph.D., as
                        principal investigator. We studied the relationship of co-morbidity, treatment
                        and mortality to screening benefit using Medicare and VBCSS data. Susan
                        Komen Foundation. September 2009- September 2011. $202,837.

Awards and Honors

2011-2012               University Scholar, University of Vermont.
September 2008     J Walter Juckett Scholar, Lake Champlain Cancer Research Organization.
March 2002             National Institutes of Health Plain Language Award for development of the Breast
                                Cancer Surveillance Consortium’s web site.
1994, 1996              Outstanding and Dedicated Leadership of the Vermont Coalition on Cancer
                                Prevention and Control Award, Vermont Department of Health.
1996                        Co-Recipient, C. Everett Koop National Health Award for Community Programs
                                from The Health Project, New York, New York. Presented at annual meeting,
                                Washington Business Group on Health, Washington, D.C. in recognition of the
                                "Smoking Prevention Through Mass Media and School Programs" project.
1985                        Exceptional Service Award, Vermont Heart Association.


2014     Geller BM, Vacek PM, Flynn BS, Lord K, Cranmer D. What do cancer survivors need? A
              large community-based participatory study. Due: Oct. 2014, J Fam Prac.
2014     Geller BM, Nelson HD, Carney PA, Weaver DL, Onega T, Allison KH, Frederick P,Tosteson
             AN, Elmore JG. Second Opinion in Breast Pathology: Policy, Practice and Perception. J Clin
             Path. 2014 Jul 22. pii: jclinpath-2014-202290. doi:10.1136/jclinpath-2014-202290. [Epub
             ahead of print] PMID:25053542.
2014     Geller BM, Bogart TA, Carney PA, Sickles EA, Smith RA, Monsees B, Bassett LW,
             Kerlikowske K, Onega T, Yankaskas BC, Haneuse S, Hill DA, Wallis M, Miglioretti DL.
             Educational interventions to improve screening mammography interpretation: a randomized,
             controlled trial. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jun;202(6):W586-96. doi:10.2214/AJR.13.11147.
2014     Onega T, Weaver D, Geller B, Oster N, Tosteson AN, Carney PA, Nelson H, Allison KH,
             O'Malley FP, Schnitt SJ, Elmore JG. Digitized Whole Slides for Breast Pathology
             Interpretation: Current Practices and Perceptions. J Digit Imaging. 2014 Mar 29. [Epub ahead
             of print] PMID 24682769.
2013     Sowden M, Vacek P, Geller BM. The Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis on Employment: Is there a
             Difference between Rural and Urban Populations? J Cancer Surviv. 2014 Jun;8(2):213-7. doi:
             10.1007/s11764-013-0317-3. Epub 2013 Dec 12.
2013     Dittus K, Geller B, Weaver D, Kerlikowske K, Zhu W, Hubbard R, Braithwaite D, O’Meara
             ES, Miglioretti DL For the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, Impact of mammography
             screening interval on breast cancer diagnosis by menopausal status and BMI. J Gen Intern Med.
             2013 Nov;28(11):1454-1462. Epub 2013 Jun 13.