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Barbara A. Goff, MD

Physician
Fred Hutch
Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UW Medicine
Surgeon-in-Chief
UW Medical Center
Affiliate Investigator
Fred Hutch
Specialty:
Gynecologic Oncology
“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.”
— Dr. Goff
Why do you specialize in gynecologic oncology?

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.

Chemotherapy Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It may be given alone or with other treatments. Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, infusion or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy or biologic therapy.
What is it like to work with you?

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.

Provider background

Specialty: Gynecologic Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Gynecologic cancers

Gynecologic cancers

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 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.  

Chemotherapy Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It may be given alone or with other treatments. Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, infusion or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy or biologic therapy. Genetic testing Tests that can be done to see if a person has certain gene changes known to increase cancer risk. Oncologist A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment, such as treating cancer with radiation. A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment. For example, a radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancer with radiation. Symptom A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. Some examples of symptoms are headache, fatigue, nausea and pain.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fellowship
Massachusetts General Hospital, Gynecology & Oncology
Board Certification
Gynecologic Oncology, 1996; Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1994, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Languages
English
Awards
Seattle Met's 2022 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Goff has received this peer-nominated award for her exceptional patient care multiple years in a row.

Seattle magazine's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Goff has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Publications

Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

Press

Our providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this Fred Hutch provider.

Top Doctors 2021: Gynecologic Oncology

SCCA’s Barbara A. Goff, MD and Heidi J. Gray, MD were named to Seattle Magazine’s list of Top Doctors in Seattle for 2021, recognizing their excellence in gynecologic oncology.

Your care team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your doctor and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your doctor and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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