Welcome to Millburn Surgical Associates

Millburn Surgical Associates (MSA) is proud of its traditional position of leadership and innovation in the field of general and vascular surgery.  The group was founded by Dr. Eugene Parsonnet, who  was considered the first “real” surgeon in New Jersey at a time when most physicians were generalists, treating colds, delivering babies, repairing a hernia.  He attained a statewide reputation for excellence in surgery through singleminded focus on diseases that required operation.

Eugene’s son, Victor, joined his father in the practice of general surgery but then took a leave to be trained in cardiac surgery with Dr. DeBakey, the world-renouned cardiac surgeon in Texas.  Victor returned to New Jersey and became the preeminent cardiac surgeon in the state for the next thirty years.  He was (and remains) a dedicated medical scientist and educator and has published hundreds of original studies related to cardiac surgery.  Dr. Victor Parsonnet contributed heavily to the development of cardiac pacemakers and other devices and techniques in cardiac and vascular surgery that are now used routinely worldwide.

Dr. Donald Brief was recruited to join the group shortly after Victor.  Don was Harvard trained and brought surgical insights and wisdom from some of the legendary leaders in medicine based in Boston.  Soon after he started his medical practice, Don was drafted to serve in Vietnam.  He performed surgery in a medical unit close to the front lines and came back to New Jersey having gained huge experience in treating critical illness. Over his 40 years as a surgeon, Don has been a leader in the field.  He is best known for his excellence in surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid, breast and colon. As the former Director of Surgical Education, he has educated a generation of medical students, interns and residents who have trained at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.  Dr. Brief served as the Division Director of General Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for many years.  He was then appointed Director of the Department of Surgery and served in that position for 13 years before stepping down.  Along with contributing significantly to the surgical literature, Don has been very active in major surgical organizations, including being President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Brief is a multi-time recipient of Top Doctor awards for New York and New Jersey by Castle Connolly, New Jersey Monthly and New York Magazine.

Dr. Robert Goldenkranz joined MSA in 1980.  Trained at Cornell University Medical Center for general surgery and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for vascular surgery, Bob diagnoses and treats of a wide range of both general and vascular surgical conditions.  His experience is extensive in all aspects of general surgery including oncologic surgery for malignancy as well as the treatment and diagnoses of venous disease including sclerotherapy.  Dr. Goldenkranz is the former Director of Surgical Education and formally Chief of the Division of General Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center..  He has held various leadership roles in the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. David Eisenbud came to MSA in 1988.  After six years’ practice of general and vascular surgery, Dave developed a particular interest in why some wounds fail to heal in a smooth and timely fashion.  Ultimately he founded two outpatient wound centers and served as the Medical Director of the Overlook Medical Center Wound Healing Program. Dr. Eisenbud has authored several texts on surgery and wound healing and was Founder and CEO of Advanced BioHealing, Inc., a leading biotechnology company in the healing field.

Dr. John Manicone was educated and trained at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed a two year vascular surgical fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.  While he treats a broad range of surgical conditions, John’s interests have focused on procedures used to maintain a patient on dialysis; approaches to improving circulation in people with vascular disease; and diagnosis and management of wound problems.  Over the past several years, John became trained in an advanced, nonsurgical catheter-based office procedure to eliminate unsightly and painful varicose veins (endovenous ablation).  John is also an expert in critical care, and he presently serves as Director of Surgical Education at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Dr. Adam Kopelan is Chairman of the department of Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.  Adam conducted his internship and residency at the University of Chicago.  He is highly skilled in all laparoscopic and advanced laparoscopic procedures as well as trained in the use of the robotic DaVinci apparatus when it is appropriate for a variety of general surgical procedures.  His practice interests are in Advanced Minimally Invasive surgery utilizing laparoscopic, robotic and endoluminal techniques.  Adam is also the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and is actively involved in the leadership of the surgical residencies at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

General and Vascular procedures are performed at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey.  Both hospitals are teaching hospitals and have resident staffs that assist and support the care of the most complicated cases.