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Barbara Goff

Barbara A. Goff, MD

Professor and Chair
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

University of Washington Medical Center


We firmly believe that women’s health is critical to the well-being of any community. Our mission is to improve women’s health through leadership, innovation and excellence in clinical care, research, education and service.

With almost 200 faculty, trainees and staff we serve the five-state region known as WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). We are dedicated to improving the health for the community we serve through discovery and dissemination of knowledge.

Our multidisciplinary and patient centered approach allows us to provide exceptional care for both the routine and highly complex medical problems.

Our department has 11 separate clinical sections and a research division, all led by nationally regarded clinicians and scientists. Our sites of clinical practice include University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview, Valley, Northwest Hospital, VA Puget Sound, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and we have telemedicine and outreach clinics in Arlington, Olympia and Yakima.

Our research programs are diverse and take advantage of our collaborative relationship with investigators at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s as well as Departments of Immunology, Genome Sciences, Pharmacology, Population Health, Public Health, Infectious Disease and Global Health. We are proud of our Women’s Reproductive Health Research Grant which has trained numerous young OB/GYNs to be successful clinician scientists. We have a large portfolio of clinical trials to bring our bench discoveries to the bedside.

Education is a central focus of every faculty member and trainee in our department. Training the next generation of obstetricians and gynecologists and leading education efforts for our medical community and our patients is at the heart of our academic mission. Our faculty and staff oversee all of the OB/GYN core student rotations throughout the WWAMI region.

Our residency program is privileged to recruit some of the most talented trainees in the country. They participate in training at seven different sites which gives them a wealth of experience both in highly academic as well as community settings.

We currently have 4 subspecialty ACGME approved fellowships, Gynecologic Oncology, Family Planning, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. Our hope is to add additional fellowships in the next several years. Our faculty are exceptional educators who not only teach students, residents, fellows and colleagues locally but also participate in national and international lectures and CME courses.

I am extremely proud of this department not only because of its exceptional reputation for excellence in patient care, teaching and research but also because the individuals that work in this department are kind, collaborative and always put patients first.

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Barbara A. Goff, MD 

Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Surgeon-in-Chief, University of Washington Medical Center