Woodland Hills, California

Chief Executive Officer, Celiac Disease Foundation
Represented: Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates

Marilyn G. Geller is the CEO of the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), the nation’s leading voluntary health organization for celiac disease. For 14 years, Geller’s son suffered with debilitating symptoms despite seeking help from innumerable health professionals. A chance blood draw revealed celiac disease was the cause of his suffering. From that day forward, Geller, a longtime healthcare executive, has been active in celiac disease advocacy, joining the CDF National Board of Directors. In 2012, she succeeded founder Elaine Monarch as Chief Executive Officer. 

Under her guidance, CDF has seen unprecedented growth through the development of multiple online tools to empower millions of patients worldwide to seek diagnosis and treatment. This includes iCureCeliac®, the nation’s only celiac disease patient registry, which allows patients and caregivers to contribute their health data and insights to assist researchers in developing adjunct treatments for the gluten-free diet and, one day, a cure. 

Geller brings more than 20 years of management experience in healthcare and IT operations. A former Los Angeles County and University of California, Los Angeles, hospital administrator and RAND Corporation researcher, she is a cofounder of Medversant Technologies, where she was responsible for the company’s strategic direction and is the lead inventor of the company’s patented technologies. Geller, a lifelong Bruin, holds an MSPH from the UCLA School of Public Health and a BA from UCLA.

Geller served as a member of the Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement from September 2018 to September 2021.

Conflicts of Interest

As of July 31, 2018

  • Celiac Disease Foundation, Employer
  • Takeda, Employer

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