Michael J Goldberg, MD

Michael J Goldberg, MD

Orthopedics, Skeletal Health Program

On staff since August 2005

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.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Special Recognition Award in Orthopaedics Alumni Association College of Medicine, State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 2014
    Distinguished Service Award Section on Orthopaedics, American Academy of Pediatrics 2002
    Dr. Marian Ropes Award Excellence in arthritis care and leadership in the fight against arthritis Arthritis Foundation 2002
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • White KK, Bompadre V, Goldberg MJ, Bober MB, Campbell JW, Cho TJ, Hoover-Fong J, Mackenzie W, Parnell SE, Raggio C, Rapoport DM, Spencer SA, Savarirayan R
      Best practices in the evaluation and treatment of foramen magnum stenosis in achondroplasia during infancy
      Am J Med Genet A, 2015 Sep 23 : Epub ahead(doi: 10.10)
    • Goldberg MJ
      POSNA PreCourse--Quality, Safety, Value: From Theory to Practice Management and Session 4--Deliverables Supracondylar Clinical Pathway.
      Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2015 July : 35(5 Suppl 1)S39-40
    • Malpuri K, Song KM, Goldberg MJ, Sevarino K
      Detection and Nonoperative Management of Pediatric Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip in Infants up to Six Months of Age
      J Am Acad Orthop Surg, 2015 March : 23(3)202-5
    • Goldberg MJ
      Current trends to consider with evidence-based medicine's importance: societal, financial, legal, and clinical research.
      Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 2012 Sept. : 32 Suppl 2S75-7
    • Lichtman DM | Bindra RR | Boyer MI | Putnam MD | Ring D | Slutsky DJ | Taras JS | Watters WC 3rd | Goldberg MJ | Keith M | Turkelson CM | Wies JL | Haralson RH 3rd | Boyer KM | Hitchcock K | Raymond L | American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
      American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons clinical practice guideline on: the treatment of distal radius fractures.
      The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 2011 Apr 20 : 93(8)775-8
    • Izquierdo R | Voloshin I | Edwards S | Freehill MQ | Stanwood W | Wiater JM | Watters WC 3rd | Goldberg MJ | Keith M | Turkelson CM | Wies JL | Anderson S | Boyer K | Raymond L | Sluka P | American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
      Treatment of glenohumeral osteoarthritis.
      The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2010 June : 18(6)375-82
    • Keith MW | Masear V | Chung K | Maupin K | Andary M | Amadio PC | Barth RW | Watters WC 3rd | Goldberg MJ | Haralson RH 3rd | Turkelson CM | Wies JL
      Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.
      The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2009 June : 17(6)389-96
    • Goldberg MJ
      Botulinum toxin type A improved ankle function in children with cerebral palsy and dynamic equinus foot deformity.
      The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 2000 June : 82(6)874
    • Goldberg MJ
      Patient advocacy in the 1990s.
      The New England journal of medicine, 1996 Jul 11 : 335(2)137; author reply 137-8
    • Levine WN | Goldberg MJ
      Escherichia vulneris osteomyelitis of the tibia caused by a wooden foreign body.
      Orthopaedic review, 1994 March : 23(3)262-5
    • Alman BA | Goldberg MJ | Naber SP | Galanopoulous T | Antoniades HN | Wolfe HJ
      Aggressive fibromatosis.
      Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 1992 Jan. : 12(1)1-10
    • Merkow SJ | St Clair HS | Goldberg MJ
      Myositis ossificans masquerading as sepsis.
      Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 1985 Sept. : 5(5)601-4
    • Goldberg MJ | Belsky MR | Brader D | Prager RJ
      Solitary osteochondroma of the cervical spine.
      Orthopedics, 1980 Aug 1 : 3(8)759-63
    • Goldberg MJ | Roe CF
      Temperature changes during anesthesia and operations.
      Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 1966 Aug. : 93(2)365-9

    Published Books, Videos, Software, etc.

    • MJ Goldberg
      The Dysmorphic Child: An Orthopaedic Perspective
      1987 : 428 pages

    Other Publications

    • DK Stevenson, RS Cohen and P Sunshine, Editors
      Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (with A Roof, T Jinguji, KK White)
      Neonatology: Clinical Practice and Procedures, 2015 : 947-954
    • SL Weinstein and JM Flynn, Editors
      Syndromes of Orthopaedic Importance (with BA Alman)
      Lovell and Winter’s Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2014 : 7th Editio218-277
    • CA Gleason and SU Devasker, Editors
      Common Neonatal Orthopedic Ailments (with KK White)
      Avery’s Diseases of the Newborn, 2012 : 9th Editio1351-1362
    • WB Greene and ET Jones, Editors
      Genetics and Syndromes
      Selected Bibliography of Pediatric Orthopaedics with Commentary, 1990 : 9-31
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
      Congenital Abnormalities
      Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 3, 1990 : 245-260
    • J Umbreit, Editor
      Spinal Muscular Atrophy
      Physical Disabilities and Health Impairments: An Introduction, 1983 : 147-155
    • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
      The Hip
      Current Pediatric Therapy, 1982 : 10th Editi403-407
    • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
      Congenital Muscular Defects
      Current Pediatric Therapy, 1980 : 9th Editio447-448
    • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
      Orthopaedic Disorders of the Extremities
      Current Pediatric Therapy, 1980 : 9th Editio430-440
    • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
      Congenital Muscular Defects
      Current Pediatric Therapy, 1978 : 8th Editio453-454
    • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
      Current Pediatric Therapy, 1978 : 8th Editio454-455
    • Goldberg MJ
      Orthopedic aspects of bone dysplasias.
      The Orthopedic clinics of North America, 1976 April : 7(2)445-56
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Detection and Non-Operative Management of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: An Evidence based Guideline (with Mulpari K, Song KM et al) Canadian Orthopaedic Society Vancouver, BC June 2015
    Can traditional reporting of surgical complications inform orthopaedic device surveillance? AAOS Orthopaedic Device Forum Washington, DC April 2015
    Aloha Update: Pediatrics American Academy of Pediatrics and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Kauai, HI Oct. 2014
    Quality, Safety, Value: From Theory to Practice Management Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Hollywood, CA April 2014
    Mild Morquio Syndrome International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank Vancouver, BC Sept. 2013
    Clinical Practice Guidelines in Pediatric Orthopaedics Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Toronto, ON May 2013
    Developing Evidence for Early Onset Scoliosis Treatment International Congress on Early Onset Scoliosis and Growing Spine Orlando, FL Nov. 2011
    What is Metachondromatosis? International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank Sausalito, CA Oct. 2011
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Functional Outcomes Studies in Skeletal Dysplasias M.J. Huene Award for Excellence in Research $25,000 1997
    Functional Health and Well Being Survey Little People of America, Medical Advisory Board and Greenberg Foundation (Johns Hopkins Hospital) 1995
    Development of a Pediatric Outcomes Instrument American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1994
    Further Characterization of Mitogenic Growth Factors New England Medical Center, NIH-BRSG (Biomedical Research Support Grant) $14,000 1991
    The Role of Mitogenic Growth Factors in Aggressive Fibromatosis New England Medical Center, NIH-BRSG (Biomedical Research Support Grant) $7,500 1990


Clinical Interests

Orthopedic Syndromes and Skeletal Dysplasias

Measuring outcomes of Musculoskeletal care

Prenatal diagnosis of orthopedic disorders/deformity

Research Focus Area

Translational Research