Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey names Dr. Israel to its board

Goals of Care Coalition of New Jersey, a Princeton-based nonprofit organization, announced on Tuesday it has named Dr. Jessica Israel to its board of directors.

“I am so excited for this new opportunity and look forward to working with the other board members to oversee GOCCNJ’s efforts to improve end-of-life care in N.J. Patients facing life-limiting illness deserve better and clinicians and health systems are capable of providing what this population needs,” Israel said.

Israel, who has more than 20 years of experience in geriatric and palliative care, currently serves as as the corporate chair of geriatrics and palliative care and the corporate director of the James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute at RWJBarnabas Health. She’s been with RWJBarnabas since 2002.

“Dr. Israel is a visionary in geriatric and palliative medicine and a true champion for patients who deserve quality care at the end of life,” David Barile, founder and chief medical officer of GOCCNJ, said.

Prior to RWJBarnabas, Israel was a scholar in medical education at the Harvard Macy Institute and a palliative care education and practice scholar at Harvard University Medical SChool. SHe’s been a faculty member at the Drexel University School of Medicine and The Icahn School of Medicine.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Israel as a board member. Her expertise will guide GOCCNJ’s efforts and allow our most vulnerable populations to directly benefit from her leadership and experience,” Lori Feldstein, executive director of GOCCNJ, said.

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