Burt Eichler, Friend of MSNJ Dies at 76

Burton L. (Burt) Eichler, a member of the law firm BrachEichler L.L.C. and friend of medicine for over 35 years, died suddenly while visiting his son in New Orleans on Thanksgiving Day. 

“Burt defended many physicians over the past 35 years and personally helped the MSNJ organization during some very difficult times recently,” stated Dr. Robert Rigolosi, Treasurer and Past President of MSNJ.  “Because of Burt, the Brach Eichler firm and its current successors will forever be remembered for their contribution to the Medical Society of New Jersey.”

Eichler co-founded the firm of Brach Eichler Rosenberg Silver Bernstein Hammer & Gladstone PC in 1967 in Newark, NJ.  The firm, which had since relocated to East Orange and then Roseland, NJ, later merged with WolfBlock Schorr & Solis-Cohen LLP in 2003.  In April 2009, the Roseland attorneys of WolfBlock formed Brach Eichler after WolfBlock announced its plans to disband earlier last spring.

“The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSJN) is deeply saddened about the loss of Burt and remembers him for the impact he made to physicians in the state,” said Michael T. Kornett, MSNJ’s chief executive officer.

In the early 1970s, Eichler paved the way for the establishment of many New Jersey healthcare “firsts” by shepherding the licensing of the first non-hospital-owned, free-standing dialysis facility,  the first MRI, the first free-standing ambulatory surgical center, and the first lithotripter. He was also the first attorney to represent a medical staff in New Jersey.

Most notable among Eichler’s published opinions was Marsh v. Finley, 160 N.J. Super., 193 (App. Div. 1978), certif. den. 78 N.J. 396 (1978), which allowed physicians engaged in the private practice of medicine to operate a CT scanner.

Other notable decisions in which he played a role were  Desai v. St. Barnabas Medical Center, 103 N.J. 79 (1986); Paul Kimball Hospital Inc. v. Brick Twp. Hospital, Inc. , 86 N.J. 429 (1981); Women’s Medical Center at Howell v. Finley, 192 N.J. Super. 44, certif. den. 96 N.J. 279 (1984); St. Joseph‘s Hospital and Medical Center v. Finley, 153 N.J. Super. 214 (App. Div. 1977); Radiological Society of N.J. v. Sheeran, 175 N.J. Super. 367 (App. Div. 1980) certif. den. 87 N.J. 311; and National Nephrology Foundations v. Dougherty, 133 N.J. Super. 470 (App. Div. 1976).

Eichler earned his L.L.B. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1957 and his B.S. from Ohio State University in 1954. He was a member of the Bars of New Jersey and New York.

“In speaking for all of the physicians in New Jersey, Burt will surely be missed,” added Dr. Rigolosi.

About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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