Michael J. Goldberg, MD

Michael J. Goldberg, MD

Orthopedics, Skeletal Dysplasia

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

Awards and Honors

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
Dr. Marian Ropes Award Excellence in arthritis care and leadership in the fight against arthritis Arthritis Foundation 2002
Distinguished Service Award Section on Orthopaedics, American Academy of Pediatrics 2002


  • 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 Sept. 23 : Epub ahead of print(doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.37394)
  • 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 - 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 Mar. : 23(3)202-5
  • 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 Edition218-277
  • Goldberg MJ
    Current trends to consider with evidence-based medicine's importance: societal, financial, legal, and clinical research.
    Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 2012 Sept. - 2012 Sept. : 32 Suppl 2S75-7
  • CA Gleason and SU Devasker, Editors
    Common Neonatal Orthopedic Ailments (with KK White)
    Avery’s Diseases of the Newborn , 2012 : 9th Edition1351-1362
  • 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 2000 June : 82(6)874
  • Goldberg MJ
    Patient advocacy in the 1990s.
    The New England journal of medicine , 1996 July 11 - 1996 July 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 Mar. - 1994 Mar. : 23(3)262-5
  • Alman BA | Goldberg MJ | Naber SP | Galanopoulous T | Antoniades HN | Wolfe HJ
    Aggressive fibromatosis.
    Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 1992 Jan. - 1992 Jan. : 12(1)1-10
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Congenital Abnormalities
    Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 3 , 1990 : 245-260
  • WB Greene and ET Jones, Editors
    Genetics and Syndromes
    Selected Bibliography of Pediatric Orthopaedics with Commentary , 1990 : 9-31
  • MJ Goldberg
    The Dysmorphic Child: An Orthopaedic Perspective
    : 428 pages
  • Merkow SJ | St Clair HS | Goldberg MJ
    Myositis ossificans masquerading as sepsis.
    Journal of pediatric orthopedics , 1985 Sept. - 1985 Sept. : 5(5)601-4
  • 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 Edition403-407
  • Goldberg MJ | Belsky MR | Brader D | Prager RJ
    Solitary osteochondroma of the cervical spine.
    Orthopedics , 1980 Aug. 1 - 1980 Aug. 1 : 3(8)759-63
  • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
    Congenital Muscular Defects
    Current Pediatric Therapy , 1980 : 9th Edition447-448
  • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
    Orthopaedic Disorders of the Extremities
    Current Pediatric Therapy , 1980 : 9th Edition430-440
  • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
    Congenital Muscular Defects
    Current Pediatric Therapy , 1978 : 8th Edition453-454
  • SS Gellis and BM Kagan, Editors
    Current Pediatric Therapy , 1978 : 8th Edition454-455
  • Goldberg MJ
    Orthopedic aspects of bone dysplasias.
    The Orthopedic clinics of North America , 1976 Apr, - 1976 Apr, : 7(2)445-56
  • Goldberg MJ | Roe CF
    Temperature changes during anesthesia and operations.
    Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960) , 1966 Aug. - 1966 Aug. : 93(2)365-9


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

Research Funding

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