Michael A. Goldfarb MD FACS


Medical Education

New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1967


Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, 1972

Michael A.Goldfarb MD was graduated from 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 with Drs.Charles Zukaukas and Cyril Arvanitis at Monmouth Medical Center, and was immersed in resident and medical student teaching. He was in solo practice from 1978 until 2000. 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 Dr. Goldfarb has helped train over 100 Surgical Chief Residents at Monmouth Medical Center and contributed to the training of over 700 residents at other levels. Those Chief Residents have performed over 1.5 million operations since their graduation. The support from his fellow physicians and nurses has always been openly appreciated.  He has embraced the concept of training his “competition,” and has established enduring friendships with his trainees.

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.


During his 40 year career only at MMC, he has performed the full range of General Surgery procedures, dealing with emergency and elective  abdominal and cancer surgery. He has multiple surgical device patents. In April 1990 he performed the first laparoscopic  cholecystectomy in New Jersey and soon after led the use of  and laparoscopic ultrasound. He has continued to augment the advanced laparoscopic program with talented surgeons, and state of the art technology. MMC has established a Center of Excellence in bariatric surgery as well as foregut surgery. The Center for Complex Hernia repair is unique in New Jersey. 


In 1998 he began the first 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.  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.”


Dr. Goldfarb’s zeal for outcome research was challenged by his question to his surgeons, “How good are we? How do we know?”  He realized hat was another way of saying, “How do you make surgical practice bullet proof.” Starting in 1974 he kept records of his own surgery and tracked all complications. The approach led Dr. Goldfarb to create a Departmental data base for the past 16 years. The program has recorded complications and outcomes and has remedied process changes that have led to MMC's lowest surgical mortality in New Jersey for the past eight years. The original research has been published, presented nationally and internationally and implemented at several hospitals.  He has also established tele-medicine intraoperative consultation and tele-medicine operative credentialing programs at MMC.


Dr. Goldfarb has always been thankful to the patients whom he has treated. He believes that, “Patients don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” He presently is in private clinical practice and will continue to teach and do research.