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Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS

Interim Dean, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University 

Dr. GoldbergOn April 26, 2021, Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS, was appointed Interim Dean of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

A nationally celebrated clinician scholar, educator, and violence-prevention advocate, Dr. Goldberg has devoted more than 30 years to clinical practice, medical education, and community service at Temple.

Dr. Goldberg came to Temple as a surgery resident in 1987, joined the faculty in 1993, and has held a succession of leadership positions over the years. She has served as Chief of the Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Division; Director of the General Surgery Residency Program; and as the George S. Peters MD and Louise C. Peters Chair and Professor of Surgery. She is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Concurrent with her post as Interim Dean, Dr. Goldberg serves on multiple Temple University Health System boards.

Widely recognized as a master trauma surgeon, Dr. Goldberg spent 13 years leading Temple’s trauma program -- coming face-to-face with Philadelphia’s gun-violence epidemic. Adamant “to help patients above and beyond just being a trauma surgeon,” Dr. Goldberg created Cradle to Grave, Fighting Chance, and other innovative violence-prevention programs that have been covered by National Public Radio, ABC World News, CNN, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other media outlets. She understands the catastrophic damage that a single bullet can inflict on an entire community, as detailed in the Huffington Post.

Multiple awards have been presented to Dr. Goldberg for her groundbreaking work, including the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Exemplar of Humanism Award and The Philadelphia Award, recognizing extraordinary civic commitment and social responsibility.

Dr. Goldberg has also been named among the Best Doctors in America -- and is likewise acclaimed for teaching. She’s earned The Great Teacher Award (Temple University’s highest teaching honor), the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, and multiple Golden Apple Awards – among others. Two graduating classes at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine have dedicated their yearbooks to her.

A Director of the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Goldberg also provides professional and educational leadership at the national level. She has been an invited speaker or visiting professor at numerous universities and academic medical centers across the United States and has lectured at regional and national meetings of numerous organizations, such as the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery.

Dr. Goldberg’s research centers on risk assessment for breast cancer gene mutations in minority families, therapeutic and interventional trials for critically ill patients, and radiographic assessment for the early identification of complications from penetrating trauma.

Her publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Annals of Surgery, The American Journal of Surgery, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons -- among others. She serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and reviews manuscripts for the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. She has contributed more than a dozen chapters to texts, including The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Fifth Edition, (Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2019).

Dr. Goldberg received her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude), completed her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (AOA), completed her residency in General Surgery at Temple University Hospital, and served a fellowship in traumatology and critical care at the University of Maryland, with additional postgraduate leadership training at Harvard and Drexel Universities.

She’s a bit like Temple itself: tough, gritty, effective, and caring.