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Michael Goldfarb, M.D., FACS

Michael A. Goldfarb, M.D., FACS

Department of Surgery
Monmouth Medical Center

Professor of Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine

Michael A. Goldfarb MD was graduated from  the New York University School of Medicine and then completed a general surgical residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He then served as a Major in the United States Army as Surgical Director of Wound Ballistics. He helped develop Kevlar body armor and established today's standard for bullet proof body armor.

In 1974 he entered private practice at Monmouth Medical Center, and was immersed in resident and medical student teaching. In 2000 he became full time Chairman and Program Director of the Department of Surgery, for the following fourteen years.  He is also the recent past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and past President of the Society of Surgeons of New Jersey. Dr. Goldfarb is a founding member of the American Trauma Society, a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors.  He has been recognized by, The "Best Doctors in America," "Guide to America's Top Surgeons,"  The Best Doctors in the New York Metro Area," "Top Doctors in New Jersey," and the New Jersey Senate Resolution for "Inspired and Effective Surgical Leadership Service"'

Dr. Goldfarb is a Professor of Surgery, conferred by Drexel University College of Medicine. Since 1974.  He also has served as Medical Director of Monmouth's Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center and Surgical Coordinator of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth. He is one of the founders of the Wilentz Center and was on the Board of Trustees for ten years.
In 1998 he began the clinical trial of intra-dermal injection for sentinel node biopsy, for breast cancer. Dr. Goldfarb has successfully implemented operative decision pathways for the breast surgeons through a multidisciplinary conference, that has been model for other hospitals.

Dr. Goldfarb created a Departmental data base program utilized for the past 16 years. The program has recorded complications and outcomes and has remedied process changes that has led to MMC's lowest surgical mortality in New Jersey for the past eight years. The research has been published, presented nationally and internationally and implemented at several hospitals. 

In 2013 he was given the Drexel University College of Medicine Award, “For setting an outstanding standard of skill and commitment in the clinical care of Patients. ”In 2013 he was also presented, “The Foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association Apple Award.”

Publications include:

  • Comparison of the Water Jet With the Conventional Bulb Syringe in Contaminated Wound Irrigation, M. Goldfarb, W.  Sacco, Report to the Surgeon General, 3/72
  • Liquid Crystal Assessment of Burns, M. Goldfarb, Report to Surgeon General 4/73
  • A Prognostic Index in Critical Care Medicine, M. Goldfarb, W.  Sacco,  Edgewood Arsenal Technical Report 4777, 8/73
  • Protective Garments For Public Officials, M. Goldfarb et al, Edgewood Arsenal Technical Report, LWL-TR-30B73, 9/73
  • *A Simple Respiratory Guide of Respiratory Therapy in the Trauma Patient, M. Goldfarb, W. Sacco,  Proceedings of the First International Joint Conference on Pattern Recognition, 10/73
  • Two Prognostic Indices for the Trauma Patient, M.Goldfarb, W.  Sacco,  Ninth Army Science Conference, West Point, NY, 6/74
  • *Application of Pattern Recognition to Trauma Studies , W. Sacco, M. Goldfarb, Journal of Trauma. 14:1029, 1974  
  • A Prognostic Index of Severe Trauma, M. Goldfarb, R. Cowley, W. Sacco, Technical Report EB-TR-7306 5/74
  • A Method for Soft Body Armor Evaluation: Medical Assessment, M. Goldfarb,  M.Weinstein, Edgewood Arsenal Technical Report EB-TR-74073, 1/75
  • *Tracking Respiratory Therapy in the Trauma Patient, M. Goldfarb, T. Ciurej, T. McAslan, W. Sacco,  M.Weinstein, R. Cowley, American Journal of Surgery, 129:255, l975- also presented to the New Jersey Thoracic Society, 3/75
  • *Two Prognostic Indices for the Trauma Patient, Computers in Biology and Medicine, M. Goldfarb, W. Sacco, 7; 21-25,1977- also presented at Laval University, Quebec, Canada, University of Florida, and Downstate Medical Center
  • *Application of Two Prognostic Indices in Critically Ill Patients, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, M. Goldfarb, W. Sacco, 4/77 Vol 115
  • Mathematics and Medicine, M.Goldfarb contributing book author, Jason Publications Inc. l987
  • Tumor Seeding of Needle Biopsy Tracts in Breast Cancer Patients, M. Goldfarb, The Society of Surgical Oncology, 49th Annual Cancer Symposium, 3/21/94, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Significance of P53 and NM 23 Genes: In Long Term Survivors of Colon Cancer, K. Mehta, M.Goldfarb, New Jersey Cancer Institute, 5/96
  • *Reinserting a G-Tube, J.Chuback, M.Goldfarb, Contemporary Surgery, 1/97-vol 50, no. 1
  • *Groin Laparoscopy in Pediatric Patients with Clinical Unilateral Inguinal Hernia: An Improved Technique Using the Bronchoscope,  S. Saad, M.  Goldfarb, D. Danikas,Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques, , Vol 3 Number 2, 1999
  • *Absent P53 Protein in colorectal Tumor Cells Reflects Poor Survival, K.Mehta, M.Goldfarb, L. Zinterhofer, The Journal of Applied Research, Fall 2002 volume 2, Number 3
  • *Role of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography in the management of suspected choledocholithiasis, S. Sharma,  K.Larson, M. Adler,  M.Goldfarb, Surgical  Endoscopy, June 2003, volume 17 Number 6
  • *Reducing Medication Errors in a Surgical Residency Training Program, K. Larson, E. Wiggins, M. Goldfarb, The American Surgeon, May 2004, No 5
  • One Order of Improved Patient Safety, Hold the Bureaucracy, R. Frei, M. Goldfarb, General Surgery News, May 2005, Vol 32, Number 5
  • *Oncologic and Aesthetic Results Following Breast-Conserving Therapy with 0.5 cm margins in 100 Consecutive Patients, G.Fedorcik, R.Sachs, M. Goldfarb,The Breast Journal, Volume 12 Number 3, 2006 208-211
  • When is Open Surgery Unethical? Apply the “Family” Standard, M.Goldfarb, editorial, General Surgery News, May 2006, 27-28
  • *Inadvertent Enterotomy in Minimally Invasive Abdominal Surgery, S. Binenbaum, M. Goldfarb The Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, (2006) 10:336-340  
  • *An Eight Year Analysis of Surgical Morbidity and Mortality: Data and Solutions, M. Goldfarb, T. Baker, The American Surgeon,  72:1070-1081, 2006.
  • So You Think You Have an Invention? Tips for Getting the Patent and Protecting Your Creation, Michael A Goldfarb MD, General Surgery News, September  2007
  • Perioperative Myocardial Infarction and Risk of Death with and without Preoperative Beta Blockers, Michael A Goldfarb MD FACS, Mark Cavaretta MD, Thomas Baker MS, The American Surgeon, November 1, 2007
  • Intestinal Obstruction and Ileus: Role of Computed Tomography Scan in Diagnosis and Management, Vinod A. Sebastian, MD; Kevin J. Nebab, M.D.; Michael A. Goldfarb, The American Surgeon, December 1, 2007
  • VATS intraoperative tattoing to facilitate solitary pulmonary nodule resection, Lourens Willekes, Cherif Boutros and Michael A Goldfarb, Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, March 19 2008
  • In High Definition: Experiences with Surgical Video - Interactive Televideo Suites Connect Physicians Across the Hospital, Michael A Goldfarb MD, General Surgery News, April 2008
  • When Should A Surgical Resident Call an Attending Surgeon?, Adam T. Silverman, MD, Michael A Goldfarb MD, Thomas Baker MS, Journal of Surgical Education, Volume 65/Number 3 May/June 2008
  • Ethics and Laparoscopy-Concert or Concert- M. Goldfarb, Chapter in Professionalism and Ethics in a Surgical Practice, edited by E. E. Freeza, Cine-Med Inc. 2008


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