Michael J. Goldberg, MD

Michael J. Goldberg, MD


On staff since August 2005

Children's Title: Chief, Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic

Academic Title: Clinical Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"Curing is always the future goal. But for children with rare syndromes and congenital malformations, healing, comforting, and maximizing function and self esteem is today's reality."

Michael J. Goldberg, MD is the Director of the Skeletal Health Program at Seattle Children's Hospital and Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Most of his professional career was spent in Boston where he was the Henry H. Banks Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Goldberg's major areas of clinical interest have been in the diagnosis and management of children with syndromes, complex birth defects, and skeletal dysplasias. He has been a vocal advocate for measuring outcomes and functional performance of children undergoing orthopaedic treatments and helped develop some of the tools now in common usage.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Goldberg was educated at Cornell University, State University of New York College of Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and the Combined Harvard Orthopaedic Program. He has published widely, including the textbook "The Dysmorphic Child"; and currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics and the Journal of Childrens Orthopaedics. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, and was awarded Honorary Membership in the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of Argentina; of Brazil; and of Italy; and the Sonia Machanic Fellowship in the College of Medicine of South Africa. He has received recognition awards from POSNA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Goldberg has served in leadership positions and elected office at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the AMA, and the ACGME. Believing that a physician's responsibility is to comfort and heal in addition to attempting cure, Dr. Goldberg has emphasized the importance of art, music, and literature as a way to understand patients and their diseases. Married to Fran, they have two daughters and two grandchildren and continue to live bicoastal in Boston, MA and Seattle, WA.


  • Tom Malden MA 05.16.15

    My family and I moved to Boston in 1986 after multiple botched surgeries on a "club foot". I can not begin to describe how much Dr. Goldberg has impacted my life. I remember waiting to be seen at NEMC and hearing his deep soothing voice in the next room, and getting excited to be next. I am certain that without his expertise that I never would have walked, let alone play sports and get a chance to lead a normal life . I am forever grateful to you and the staff at NEMC. I hope my message finds you and finds you well.

  • Stephen North Conway NH 03.18.14

    Dr Goldberg performed surgery on myself at age six for leg perthes. I had seen multiple surgeons and the only other option at the time was a long term brace. The new method he advocated allowed myself to heal and lead a normal athletic life! Now at age 45 I am so thankful my mother dragged me to boston for that consult!

  • Debbie Portland, OR 01.21.13

    Dr. Goldberg's wise, caring and comprehensive care for our daughter's health and well-being is such a gift to our family. In fact, since our first meeting, Dr. Goldberg welcomed us to the skeletal dysplasia clinic and made us feel like his family--making sure Mimi was signed up for camp, introducing us to so many supportive people and always being so focused on what is best for her well-being. While it was a commitment to chose a doctor located three hours away, Dr. Goldberg and the skeletal dysplasia team are the best and we are grateful for their fine service.


Board Certification(s)

Orthopedic Surgery

Medical/Professional School

SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn


Surgery - General, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York
Surgery - General, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York


Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Clinical Interests

Orthopedic Syndromes and Skeletal Dysplasias Measuring outcomes of Musculoskeletal care Prenatal diagnosis of orthopedic disorders/deformity

Research Focus Area

Translational Research