Barbara A. Goff, MD
I fell in love with the field of gynecologic oncology when I was a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. It encompassed everything I wanted to do in medicine, from performing surgery to administering chemotherapy to conducting cancer research. On top of that, I knew I would get to develop long-term relationships with patients, providing follow-up care for many years after treatment ended. Gynecologic oncology was, and still is, a perfect fit for me. What I love about my job now is that there are so many long-term cancer survivors in my practice who, according to the statistics, shouldn’t be alive — yet they’ve beaten the odds. It’s so inspiring to be a part of that, to see that our efforts have made a real difference in the lives of patients and their families.
I am an optimist and the kind of physician who takes an interest in my patients’ lives. I love getting to know people, hearing about what their grandchildren are up to, the recent trip they took or the book they are reading. I also see myself as an advocate for my patients, going the extra mile to ensure they have what they need. Developing partnerships with patients and families and working closely with multidisciplinary experts are the foundation of my approach to care. I am part of a team of doctors in your corner, and we’re going to try everything we can to cure you of your cancer.
Specialties and clinical expertise: Gynecologic Oncology
I am a board-certified oncologist who specializes in treating patients with gynecologic malignancies. My expertise includes a full range of surgical and medical care: robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, chemotherapy and more. In addition to providing care, I am the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UW Medicine, and I serve as the surgeon-in-chief at UW Medical Center.
Throughout the course of my career, I have participated in clinical trials evaluating novel therapies for the treatment of gynecologic cancers. In 2005, I was the first recipient of the Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award, presented by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Currently, I’m collaborating with investigators at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to develop more targeted and personalized therapies for ovarian cancer. My other research projects include improving the genetic testing rate for ovarian cancer and improving patients’ quality of life, with a particular focus on symptom management.
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