Representatives from Monmouth Medical Center and the George and Helen Segal
Foundation recently gathered to dedicate two large pastels by artist George
Segal, donated to the hospital by the Segal Foundation in honor of Michael
A. Goldfarb, M.D., FACS, who served as chairman and program director of
Monmouth’s Department of Surgery from 2000 to 2014.
Represented exclusively for more than 30 years by the Sidney Jansis Gallery
in New York, Segal was an iconic American painter and sculptor who, along
with Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol and others, became
known as part of the "Pop Art" movement. He perfected the technique
and created real life tableaux, using many close friends and family members
as models. Segal's distinctive style separated his work from "Pop
Art" by staying closely related to personal experience and human
values. Dr. Goldfarb and his wife Barbara met the Segals in 1983 on a
river boat in Egypt. Barbara, and subsequently Dr. Goldfarb and their
family, were models for George Segal from 1983 until his passing in 2000.
Created in 2000 after Segal’s passing, the George and Helen Segal
Foundation was created with the purpose of showing Segal's work around
the world, awarding grants to artists, gifting Segal's work to museums
and galleries and providing an authoritative place to purchase the art
of this world-renowned painter, sculptor and visionary.
The two large, donated pastel works, titled “Apples, Peaches &
Bottle” and “Untitled Still Life (Sink & Sponges II),”
and will be displayed in the Cranmer Ambulatory Center and the Department
of Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center.
“My thoughts of helping patients to heal are interwoven with George’s
art which represents the beauty of everyday life and the journey of healing,”
said Dr. Goldfarb.
With a career at Monmouth Medical Center spanning more than 40 years, the
pastels were dedicated in honor of Dr. Goldfarb and his accomplishments.
In addition to serving as chairman and program director of the Department
of Surgery for 14 years, Dr. Goldfarb is a professor of Surgery at Drexel
University College of Medicine, a governor of the American College of
Surgeons and a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American
College of Surgeons.
“Dr. Goldfarb is well-read, constructively critical and challenging.
He remains an active and meticulous surgeon, researcher, innovator and
most importantly, friend,” said Joseph Jaeger, DrPH, chief academic
officer at Monmouth Medical Center and associate vice president of research
for Barnabas Health.
Before coming to Monmouth, Dr. Goldfarb was surgical director of wound
ballistics for the United States Army, where he developed Kevlar body
armor and wrote the current standard for bullet proof.
Dr. Goldfarb has pioneered numerous groundbreaking initiatives during his
time at Monmouth Medical Center, contributing to the hospital's success
– including performing the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in
New Jersey in 1990. Since 1997, he has implemented an original database
to track all surgical complications and outcomes, resulting in process
and protocol changes. The research has been published and presented nationally
and internationally. Dr. Goldfarb has served as medical director of the
Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is founder of the Jacqueline M.
Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center and served as its surgical coordinator
for many years. He also served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years.
“We can thank Michael for making us all objectively look at what
we do,” said Gregory A. Greco, D.O, chair of the Department of Plastic
Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center. “Michael has been a pillar of
excellence and an example for every resident that has been trained by
him as well as every physician that has worked for him.”
Dr. Goldfarb earned his medical degree from New York University School
of Medicine and completed a general surgery residency at Beth Israel Medical
Center. He has been recognized by Best Doctors in America, Guide to America's
Top Surgeons and Best Doctors in the New York Metro Area. Dr. Goldfarb
is an editor of General Surgery News and his extensive research has been
published in peer reviewed journals.
PHOTO: Bill Arnold, COO, Monmouth Medical Center; Michael A. Goldfarb, M.D.,
FACS, past chairman and program director of the Department of Surgery
at Monmouth Medical Center, 2000 – 2014; Barbara Goldfarb; Rena
Segal, president, George and Helen Segal Foundation; Frank J. Vozos, M.D.,
FACS, president and CEO of Monmouth Medical Center; Tara Kelly, vice president
of development, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation; Gregory A. Greco,
D.O., FACS, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, general surgery
clerkship director and assistant program director of General Surgery Residency,
Monmouth Medical Center; Joseph Jaeger, DrPH, Chief Academic Officer at
Monmouth Medical Center, associate vice president of research, Barnabas
Health and associate dean, Regional Medical Campus, Monmouth Drexel University
College of Medicine with with “Untitled Still Life (Sink & Sponges
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health
facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth
Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals
and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College
of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical
Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many
technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other
minimally invasive techniques.
U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology,
neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit