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."
  • Biography

    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

    Board Certification(s)

    Surgery (General Surgery)
    Pediatric Surgery


    Rush Medical College at Rush University, Chicago, IL
    University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA


    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


    Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

    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

    Epidemiology, Quality Improvement

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