Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH

Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH

General Surgery, Oncology

On staff since November 2005

Academic Title: Associate Professor of Surgery

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"In pediatric surgery, we often deal with rare and unusual cases that do not occur very often, making data challenging to find. By using large data bases that include the patients from all over the state and even the nation, I am able to better evaluate how many of the procedures that we do affect children in the long term. Outcomes research has significant impact on helping us to choose the right procedure for the appropriate child with a long term goal of improving the lives of our patients."

Adam Goldin, MD, MPH is an attending surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital, and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also attends at the Seattle Children's Everett clinic.

He received his MD from Rush Medical College of Rush University, Chicago. He completed his general surgery residency and clinical research fellowship at the University of Washington and earned his MPH in epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He also completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin. Goldin has expertise and training in laparoscopic surgery. Specific areas of clinical interest include pediatric tumors, neonatal surgery and laparoscopic surgery. His research interests include clinical outcomes and quality of care in pediatric surgery.


  • Felicia Tallahassee, Florida 12.18.13

    Dr. Goldin is a one in a million! The best doctor & surgeon I have ever met! My son was a 29weeker preemie who at 4days old was transferred to Seattle Children's due to gastric issues resulting in an ileostomy. Dr. Adam Goldin knows exactly what he's doing and how to ease the minds of the families he's working with throughout the whole process. I don't know where my little one would be without his care. Though we spent the first 3 months of my sons life in the hospital and there were times that were tough, Dr. Goldin would stop by and check in on my little Tevita and update me on the progress. I would and will recommend Dr. Goldin to anyone looking for an outstanding, incredibly honest, caring and amazing surgeon. I am forever grateful for his positive outlook on things never pessimistic. My son is now a healthy 5 month, 3 month corrected happy baby. Thank you Dr. Goldin for everything!

  • Heather Marysville, WA 12.29.11

    Dr. Goldin is one of those special sorts of doctor that graces a family's life. My son has a complex grouping of birth defects, so we see many medical professionals, doctors and even surgeons. Dr. Goldin's care, not just for the patient, but for the entire family is a fantastic testament to his caring personality. When we were faced with delaying an important surgery again due to scheduling (and no fault of our own), Dr. Goldin stood up for us and helped the arrangements be made. He consistently took the time to explain complex procedures in detail and in ways that were easy to understand. We were in his care for four months, through a few "bumps" and scares, and he always made our family feel as though he genuinely cared for and remembered us. It was certainly a day of mixed emotions when he told us we no longer needed him. Thank you, Dr. Goldin (and Alexander's "site" still looks fabulous!)

  • Brandi Edmonds, WA 12.05.11

    We met Dr. Goldin on our baby girl's 8th day of life in a very stressful, emergent situation. Dr. Goldin was very caring and honest about the procedure our daughter had to go through. We weren't sure she would survive the night or the surgery. He told us he would do his very best and kept us updated throughout the procedure. When he finally came out, he said that she made it through like a champ and she was doing better than expected. He did another surgery a couple of months later and treated us just as well as when we first met. Throughout our long stay with Children's he followed our baby girl's progress and now at 18 months old- she is doing amazingly well. I honestly do not think she would be with us today if it wasn't for Dr. Goldin. I can't say enough about him.

  • Terri Pasco, WA 10.18.11

    We are so thankful to Dr. Goldin and his kind, caring attitude toward our daughter during her consultation, surgeries and follow up visits. Dr. Goldin makes you feel that you are the only patient he will see that day taking all the time we needed to answer our questions with patience and kindness. During a big mess up on the part of our insurance company, Dr. Goldin called me personally to express his concern and to set up care for our daughter at Seattle Children's Hospital. Post surgery, he again called personally to make sure our daughter was doing well. We were very fortunate to have had our daughter in the care of this excellent man and very fine surgeon.

  • Michelle Kansas City, Missouri 03.30.11

    I cannot speak the name Adam Goldin without tears welling up in my eyes. What a blessing he was and still is to my son, Micah, and myself. If you need specifics, please feel free to write to my email. He is kind, caring, extremely intelligent and very good at what he does. He will not perform any surgery unless he knows for certain it will work and he spends hours in research prior to surgery of any kind. He explains everything in detail and makes certain that everyone is on the same page prior to making any decisions. He is also very gentle and takes the time to listen to everyone's needs and respects that. He has a place in our hearts forever. We love Dr. Goldin and miss him very much.


Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General
Pediatric Surgery

Medical/Professional School

Rush University, Chicago
University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle


Surgery - General, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle


Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Clinical Interests

Clinical Outcomes, research and quality of care.

Research Description

Clinical outcomes research in pediatric surgery is a relatively uncharted field. As a subspecialty, we treat a huge variety of diseases rarely. Our research focus at Seattle Children's Hospital has been to develop a model for approaching a surgical diagnosis, question the assumptions upon which our current practice decisions are based, and identify appropriate historical and appropriate new processes and outcomes in order to improve the care that is delivered to our patients.

We have begun with the model of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in infants and children. Currently, this is one of the most common diagnoses in pediatrics, resulting in a significant over-prescription of anti-acid medications among children. Many children, however, fail medical management of their GERD and are ultimately referred to surgeons for anti-reflux procedures (ARPs). While the diagnostic algorithm to identify and treat this disease in adults is standardized, the pathway in children is variable and controversial. This variability stems largely from the multitude of etiologies and symptoms, the fact that most of the patients are not able to communicate their symptoms directly, the lack of evidence that specific symptoms are truly attributable to GERD, and the variability with which these aspects of the disease are reported in the literature.

Research Focus Area

Quality Improvement, Epidemiology

Awards and Honors

Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
U.S. News Top Doctor U.S. News and World Report 2012
Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2012 Seattle Magazine 2012


  • Dassinger MS, Renaud EJ, Goldin A, Huang EY, Russell RT, Streck CJ, Tang X, Blakely ML
    Use of real-time ultrasound during central venous catheter placement: Results of an APSA survey.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2015 Mar. 13
  • Paul A. Merguerian, MD, MS
    Renal Cell Carcinoma in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults: A National Cancer Database Study
    J Urol , 2014 Nov. 4
  • Otjen JP, Stanescu L, Goldin A, Parisi MT
    A normal ovary in an abnormal location: A case of torsion.
    Journal of clinical ultrasound : JCU , 2014 Aug. 11
  • McAteer JP, LaRiviere CA, Oldham KT, Goldin AB
    Shifts towards pediatric specialists in the treatment of appendicitis and pyloric stenosis: trends and outcomes.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2014 Jan. : 49(1)123-7; discussion 127-8
  • McAteer JP, Goldin AB, Healey PJ, Gow KW
    Surgical treatment of primary liver tumors in children: Outcomes analysis of resection and transplantation in the SEER database.
    Pediatric transplantation , 2013 Dec. : 17(8)744-50
  • Avansino JR, Goldin AB, Risley R, Waldhausen JH, Sawin RS
    Standardization of operative equipment reduces cost.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2013 Sept. : 48(9)1843-9
  • LaRiviere CA, McAteer JP, Huaco JA, Garrison MM, Avansino JR, Koepsell TD, Oldham KT, Goldin AB
    Outcomes in pediatric surgery by hospital volume: a population-based comparison.
    Pediatric surgery international , 2013 June : 29(6)561-70
  • Shnorhavorian M, Hidalgo-Tamola J, Koyle MA, Wessells H, Larison C, Goldin A
    Unintentional and sexual abuse-related pediatric female genital trauma: a multiinstitutional study of free-standing pediatric hospitals in the United States.
    Urology , 2012 Aug. : 80(2)417-22
  • Goldin AB, LaRiviere C, Arca MJ, Cassidy L, Abdullah F, Lee SL, Islam S, Huang EY, Downard CD, Cowles RA, Chen C, Barnhart DC, Edwards T, 2010 APSA Outcomes and Clinical Trials Committee
    Guidelines for surveys of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2011 Oct. : 46(10)2012-7
  • LaRiviere CA, Parimi C, Huaco JC, Acierno SA, Garrison MM, Goldin AB
    Variations in preoperative decision making for antireflux procedures in pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease: a survey of pediatric surgeons.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2011 June : 46(6)1093-8
  • Lao OB, Larison C, Garrison M, Healey PJ, Goldin AB
    Steroid use after the Kasai procedure for biliary atresia.
    American journal of surgery , 2010 May : 680-4
  • Lao OB, Crouthamel MR, Goldin AB, Sawin RS, Waldhausen JH, Kim SS
    Thoracoscopic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia in infancy.
    Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A , 2010 Apr, : 271-6
  • Lao OB, Healey PJ, Perkins JD, Horslen S, Reyes JD, Goldin AB
    Outcomes in children after intestinal transplant.
    Pediatrics , 2010 Mar. : e550-8
  • Lao OB, Larison C, Garrison MM, Waldhausen JH, Goldin AB
    Outcomes in neonates with gastroschisis in U.S. children's hospitals.
    American journal of perinatology , 2010 Jan. : 97-101
  • Lao OB, Healey PJ, Perkins JD, Reyes JD, Goldin AB
    Outcomes in children with intestinal failure following listing for intestinal transplant.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2010 Jan. : 100-7; discussion 107
  • Goldin AB, Gow KW
    Cancer care in the pediatric surgical patient: a matter of interpretation.
    Surgery , 2009 Sept. : 528; author reply 528-9
  • Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
    Cancer care in the surgical patient: a matter of interpretation
    Surgery , 2009 Sept. : 528
  • Goldin AB, Garrison M, Christakis D
    Variations between hospitals in antireflux procedures in children.
    Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine , 2009 July : 658-63
  • Jensen AR, Goldin AB, Koopmeiners JS, Stevens J, Waldhausen JH, Kim SS
    The association of cyclic parenteral nutrition and decreased incidence of cholestatic liver disease in patients with gastroschisis.
    Journal of pediatric surgery , 2009 Jan. : 183-9
  • Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
    Hirschsprungs Disease
    Common surgical diseases: an algorithmic approach to problem solving. 2nd ed. , 2008
  • Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
    Common surgical disease: an algorithmic approach to problem solving. 2nd ed. , 2008
  • Goldin AB, Sawin RS, Garrison MM, Zerr DM, Christakis DA
    Aminoglycoside-based triple-antibiotic therapy versus monotherapy for children with ruptured appendicitis.
    Pediatrics , 2007 May : 905-11
  • Goldin AB, Sawin R, Seidel KD, Flum DR
    Do antireflux operations decrease the rate of reflux-related hospitalizations in children?
    Pediatrics , 2006 Dec. : 2326-33
  • Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
    Longterm Outcomes in Pediatric Antireflux Operations
    Pediatric surgery and urology: long-term outcomes. 2nd ed. , 2006
  • Arca MJ, Somers KK, Derks TE, Goldin AB, Aiken JJ, Sato TT, Shilyansky J, Winthrop A, Oldham KT
    Use of vacuum-assisted closure system in the management of complex wounds in the neonate.
    Pediatric surgery international , 2005 July : 532-5
  • Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
    Emergency Department Thoracotomy: Indications and Outcomes
    Thoracic trauma and critical care , 2002
  • Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
    Hirschsprungs Disease
    Common surgical diseases: an algorithmic approach to problem solving. 3rd ed.
  • Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
    Common surgical disease: an algorithmic approach to problem solving. 3rd ed.
  • Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH
    Empyema Treatment
    Seattle Childrens Hospital patient and family education pamphlet


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Quality Improvement and Reduction of Variation in Managing Appendicitis Washington State Hospital Association Safe Table Seattle, WA April 23, 2014
GERD PedsCore Lecture, Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle, WA March 27, 2014
Malrotation PedsCore Lecture, Seattle Childrens Hospital Seattle, WA Aug. 22, 2013
Clinical Outcomes Research at Seattle Childrens Hospital Reunion of the Seattle Childrens Hospital Fellowship Program Seattle, WA June 14, 2013
Data Supporting the Optimization of Resources Summit on the Optimization of Resources for Childrens Surgery Rosemont, IL May 30, 2013
A Systematic Review of Existing Evidence Regarding Resource Requirements in Childrens Surgery American Pediatric Surgical Association Education Day Marco Island, FL May 2, 2013
Appendicitis: Building a Standard Approach Grand Rounds, Seattle Childrens Hospital Seattle, WA Feb. 2012
Pediatric GERD: Modeling clinical outcomes research (guest lecture) Rush University Department of Surgery Grand Rounds Chicago, IL June 2011
Pediatric GERD: Modeling clinical outcomes research (guest lecture) Childrens Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Chicago, IL June 2011
Surgery for GERD The Approach of Choice in Adults and Children American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition International Symposium Vancouver, BC Jan. 27, 2011
Surgery and Health in Developing Nations Coe Elementary School Dec. 10, 2010
Pediatric Surgery, Part I Virginia Mason General Surgery Resident Lecture Series Dec. 2, 2010
Expert Panel on Clinical Outcomes Research in Pediatric Surgery American Pediatric Surgical Association Annual Meeting May 2010
Neonatal Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair After ECMO General Pediatric Surgery/Neonatology Monthly Interdisciplinary Conference Seattle, WA Feb. 2010
Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease University of Washington Department of Surgery 60th Annual Harkins Symposium Seattle, WA Oct. 2009
Indications and Controversies of Pediatric Fundoplication General Pediatric Surgery/Gastroenterology Monthly Interdisciplinary Conference Seattle, WA Sept. 2009
Surgical Management of Necrotizing Enterocolitis University of Washington Department of Neonatology Controversies in Perinatal/Neonatal Medicine Series Seattle, WA May 2008

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Academic Enrichment Fund Award Academic Enrichment Fund $23,000.00 2007 - 2009
Clinical Outcomes Steering Committee Award Clinical Outcomes Steering Committee $25,000.00 2005 - 2006