Adam B. Goldin, MD, MPH

"I believe that all patients, no matter their background, deserve the very highest quality of care. I believe that all patients should have comfort and trust in their physicians and in the system that cares for them. I believe that physicians and the healthcare system must earn patients’ trust. I believe that the first step in earning that trust occurs through education and transparency."

  • Dr. Adam Goldin is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His clinical practice is within the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital. He received his MD from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. 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 and Community Medicine. He also completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Goldin has been on faculty at the University of Washington in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery since October 2005. 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.

    As a physician, Dr. Goldin focuses on addressing the surgical problem, but as importantly, he focuses on understanding and treating that problem in a way that takes each patients unique needs and values into consideration. Advances in medical and information technology are valuable tools that Dr. Goldin uses to achieve the ultimate goal of partnering with patients and parents to engender full trust and comfort in the decisions that are made together to achieve the best outcomes for his patients

    • Lindsay Hamilton, MT. 03.08.20

      Dr. Adam Goldin walked into our lives in 2011 when my first child was born with tracheoesophageal fistula and atresia. Dr. Adam preformed surgery when he was about 24 hours old. I was amazed at his knowledge, careful work and kind explanations to care for us in such a painful time. I will forever be grateful for his willingness to learn and risk so much to operate on such a tiny at risk baby. He gave us our son’s life back and even the nurses at his 3 year checkup came out from behind the x-ray blind during his internal scan came out clapping because they say they can’t even find his scar tissue. I know God gave us a great gift of healing and a wonderful Dr. to give our son the best recovery possible. Thank you Dr. Goldin!

    • Rebecca kahlotus 03.19.19

      Dr.Goldin is Amazing! I don't have the words to describe how blessed I feel to have had such a wonderful surgeon taking care of my daughter. Dr.Goldin is kind, calm, and has the ability to explain the complicated medical terminology in a simple concise way that anyone can understand. This will sound strange but he truly radiates goodness and hope. Love him.

    • Oanh Renton 03.15.18

      It has been many years since we've seen Dr. Goldin, but he will always have a special place in our hearts. I was just looking him up for a friend who's baby may need surgery, when I started reading the testimonials and it just brought tears to my eyes remembering how he took care of our daughter. Dr. Goldin operated on our newborn baby to repair her duodenal atresia when she was just 10 hrs old. He was a caring & reassuring presence during our entire stay in the hospital. He checked in on us frequently, and not only took care of our baby, catering to her unique needs, but he made sure that we were ok as well. Through every complication he was there, pulling us all through. My baby isn't a baby anymore. She knows all about the little scar on her belly, about how she was a very sick baby, and how Dr. Goldin saved her!

    • Oksana Seattle Washington 05.15.17

      Nothing foretold troubles, but fate is not always favorable to us and what happened is happened. My newborn son was born with undiagnosed CDH (congenital diaphragmatic hernia) which were for our family like snow in the middle of the summer. I believe that we were very lucky that our surgeon was Dr. Adam Goldin at Seattle Children’s Hospital a remarkable high-class specialist! Thanks to Dr. Goldin a highly specialized surgeon, my son survived and he is now almost a full member of society disregarding his medical history I wish that our world have more of such people and professionals around us, then our world would be much more beautiful. THANK YOU Dr. Goldin!

    • Lisa Renton WA 11.28.16

      Dr Goldin preformed surgery on my 2 year old son when he go osteomyelitis which is basically a bone infection on July 5, 2013

    • Lisa Renton WA 11.28.16

      Dr Goldin preformed surgery on my 2 year old son when he go osteomyelitis which is basically a bone infection on July 5, 2013

    • Manjnatha Bellevue WA 10.05.15

      Dr. Goldin is excellent surgeon who took care of my son for duodenal atresia. I can not even think of another doctor. Such amazing, supportive doctor that we had so much faith. My son is now in great condition and completely forgot what he had gone through. We often remember Dr. Goldin. He is down to earth person, easy to reach. We will remember him for our life time. My daughter had hernia and we went for him without 2nd thought.

    • Karen Centralia,Washington 09.06.15

      Dr.Goldin is an amazing person.My daughter Karla Anderson became his patient in 2008.Ulcerative Colitis had taken its toll.My 15 year old(just a month before her 16th bbirthday)went through 3 major surgeries to have the colon removed,and prepare for the j pouch.Dr.Golden took impeccable care of my daughter.He also worked as a team with me with me,her mom.This was such a tough time.Karla still faces many repercussions from the disease.However,at age 22 was able to carry a healthy baby boy to full term,delivered by cesarian section on July 9,2015.We forever keep Dr.Adam B Goldin in our hearts.We have Karla and now baby Gavin.Thankyou Dr.Goldin.

    • 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.

  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    Book Chapters

    • McAteer JP, Goldin AB
      Hirschsprungs Disease
      Common surgical diseases: an algorithmic approach to problem solving. 3rd ed., 2015 Jan. : 295-298
    • McAteer JP, Goldin, AB
      Common surgical disease: an algorithmic approach to problem solving. 3rd ed., 2015 Jan. : 291-294
    • Goldin, AB and Sawin, RS
      Common surgical disease: an algorithmic approach to problem solving. 2nd ed., 2008 Jan. : 259-262
    • Goldin AB, and Sawin, RS
      Hirschsprungs Disease
      Common surgical diseases: an algorithmic approach to problem solving. 2nd ed., 2008 Jan. : 263-266
    • Goldin, AB
      Longterm Outcomes in Pediatric Antireflux Operations
      Pediatric surgery and urology: long-term outcomes. 2nd ed., 2006 Nov. : 217-226
    • Goldin, AB, Karmy-Jones, R, and Cornejo, C
      Emergency Department Thoracotomy: Indications and Outcomes
      Thoracic trauma and critical care, 2002 : 57-58

    Published Abstracts

    • Salazar JH, Goldstein SD, Yang J, Gause C, Swarup A, Hsiung GE, Rangel SJ, Goldin AB, Abdullah F
      Regionalization of Pediatric Surgery: Trends Already Underway.
      Annuls of Surgery, 2016 June : 263(6)1062-6
      doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001666.
    • Richards MK, Yanez D, Goldin AB, Grieb T, Murphy WM, Drugas GT
      Factors associated with 30-day unplanned pediatric surgical readmission.
      26924805 American Journal of Surgery, 2016 Feb. 25 : 212(3)426-32
    • Puligandla PS, Grabowski J, Austin M, Hedrick H, Renaud E, Arnold M, Williams RF, Graziano K, Dasgupta R, McKee M, Lopez ME, Jancelewicz T, Goldin A, Downard CD, Islam S
      Management of congenital diaphragmatic hernia: A systematic review from the APSA outcomes and evidence based practice committee.
      26463502 Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2015 Nov. : 50(11)1958-70
    • Nice T, Pasara S, Goldfarb M, Doski JJ, Goldin AB, Gow KW, Nuchtern JG, Vasudevan SA, Langer M, Beierle EA
      Pediatric papillary thyroid cancer > 1 cm: is total thyroidectomy necessary?
      Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2015 June : 50(6)1009-1013
    • Feng C, Sidhwa F, Anandalwar S, Pennington EC, Ziniel S, Islam S, St Peter SD, Abdullah F, Goldin AB, Rangel SJ
      Variation in bowel preparation among pediatric surgeons for elective colorectal surgery: A problem of equipoise or a knowledge gap of the available clinical evidence?
      Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2015 June : 50(6)967-971
    • Downard CD, Goldin A, Garrison MM, Waldhausen J, Langham M, Hirschl R
      Utility of onsite interviews in the pediatric surgery match.
      25818319 Journal of pediatric surgery, 2015 June : 50(6)1042-5
    • Akhavan A, Richards M, Shnorhavorian M, Goldin A, Gow K, Merguerian PA.
      Renal cell carcinoma in children, adolescents, and young adults: a National Cancer Database study.
      The Journal of Urology, 2015 April : 193(4)1336-1341
    • Kotagal M, Richards M, Flum DR, Acierno SP, Weinsheimer RL, Goldin AB
      Use and accuracy of diagnostic imaging in the evaluation of pediatric appendicitis
      Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2015 April : 50(4)642-646
    • Rangel SJ, Islam S, St Peter SD, Goldin AB, Abdullah F, Downard CD, Saito JM, Blakely ML, Pugliandla PS, Dasgupta R, Austin M, Chen LE, Renaud E, Arca MJ, Calkins CM.
      Prevention of infectious complications after elective colorectal surgery in children: an American Pediatric Surgical Association Outcomes and Clinical Trials Committee comprehensive review
      J Pediatr Surg. , 2015 Jan. : 50(1)192-200
    • Lao OB, Larison C, Garrison M, Healey PJ, Goldin AB
      Steroid use after the Kasai procedure for biliary atresia.
      20466116 American journal of surgery, 2010 May : 199(5)680-4
    • Lao OB, Crouthamel MR, Goldin AB, Sawin RS, Waldhausen JH, Kim SS
      Thoracoscopic repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia in infancy.
      20059390 Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A, 2010 April : 20(3)271-6
    • Lao OB, Healey PJ, Perkins JD, Horslen S, Reyes JD, Goldin AB
      Outcomes in children after intestinal transplant.
      20142294 Pediatrics, 2010 March : 125(3)e550-8
    • Lao OB, Healey PJ, Perkins JD, Reyes JD, Goldin AB
      Outcomes in children with intestinal failure following listing for intestinal transplant.
      20105588 Journal of pediatric surgery, 2010 Jan. : 45(1)100-7; discussion 107
    • Lao OB, Larison C, Garrison MM, Waldhausen JH, Goldin AB
      Outcomes in neonates with gastroschisis in U.S. children's hospitals.
      19866404 American Journal of Perinatology, 2010 Jan. : 27(1)97-101
    • Goldin AB, Garrison M, Christakis D
      Variations between hospitals in antireflux procedures in children.
      19581550 Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine, 2009 July : 163(7)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.
      19159741 Journal of pediatric surgery, 2009 Jan. : 44(1)183-9
    • Goldin AB, Sawin RS, Garrison MM, Zerr DM, Christakis DA
      Aminoglycoside-based triple-antibiotic therapy versus monotherapy for children with ruptured appendicitis.
      17473090 Pediatrics, 2007 May : 119(5)905-11
    • Goldin AB, Sawin R, Seidel KD, Flum DR
      Do antireflux operations decrease the rate of reflux-related hospitalizations in children?
      17142515 Pediatrics, 2006 Dec. : 118(6)2326-33
    • 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.
      15965692 Pediatric surgery international, 2005 July : 21(7)532-5

    Other Publications

    • Goldin AB, Gow K
      Cancer care in the surgical patient: a matter of interpretation
      Surgery, 2009 Sept. : 528
    • Goldin AB, Gow KW
      Cancer care in the pediatric surgical patient: a matter of interpretation.
      19715820 Surgery, 2009 Sept. : 528; author reply 528-9
    • Goldin AB
      Empyema Treatment
      Seattle Childrens Hospital patient and family education pamphlet

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Day Surgery - Hernias/Lumps/Bumps Inguinal & Umbilical Hernias, Undescended Testes, Branchial Cleft Cysts, and Thyroglossal Duct Cyst, Lymphadenopathy, Pilonidal Cysts Faculty-Teaching Residents' Lecture Seattle Children's Hospital July 23, 2019
    IBD/FAP and Colectomy Stages ARNP Lecture Seattle Children’s Hospital July 15, 2019
    Empyema PedsCore Lecture Seattle Children's Hospital June 25, 2019
    Hirschsprung Disease PedsCore Lecture Seattle Children's Hospital April 23, 2019
    Omphalocele PedsCore Lecture Seattle Children's Hospital Sept. 25, 2018
    Gastroesophageal Relux PedsCore Lecture Seattle Children's Hospital July 10, 2018
    Patient-Centered Care and Quality: Activating the System, and the Patient CME lecture to regional Pediatric Practices Tri-Cities Pediatrics, WA Dec. 3, 2015
    Patient-Centered Care and Quality: Activating the System, and the Patient CME lecture to regional Pediatric Practices Providence Mill Creek, WA Nov. 9, 2015
    Controversies in the Management of Gastro-esophageal Reflux in Children: Indications for Surgical Management of GERD in Children American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress Chicago, IL Oct. 5, 2015
    Patient-Centered Care and Quality: Activating the System, and the Patient CME lecture to regional Pediatric Practices Peace Health, Bellingham, WA Sept. 16, 2015
    Patient-Centered Care and Quality: Activating the System, and the Patient CME lecture to regional Pediatric Practices Everett Pediatrics, Everett, WA June 24, 2015
    Building a Quality Improvement Roadmap for Pediatric General Surgery: Patient-Centered Care and Quality: Activating the System, and the Patient American Pediatric Surgical Association Education Day Fort Lauderdale, FL April 30, 2015
    Outcomes and Evidence-based Medicine Committee Systematic Reviews: Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease and Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformations Management and Controversies American Pediatric Surgical Association Education Day Fort Lauderdale, FL April 30, 2015
    Scholarship within the Department of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery University of Washington Department of Surgery Annual Harkins Symposium University of Washington, Seattle, WA Feb. 27, 2015
    Imaging Safely in Pediatric Appendicitis Washington State Hospital Association Safe Table Feb. 25, 2015
    Pediatric Appendicitis Management: A Statewide Collaboration Surgery/ED/Radiology joint Conference Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA Jan. 15, 2015
    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) Childrens Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Chicago, IL June 2011
    Pediatric GERD: Modeling clinical outcomes research (guest lecture) Rush University Department of Surgery Grand Rounds 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
  • 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


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