Top Doctor
The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Barbara A. Goff, MD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
UW Medicine
UW Medical Center
Affiliate Investigator
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical expertise
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.

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

Specialties and clinical expertise: Gynecologic Oncology

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 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.  

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Massachusetts General Hospital, Gynecology & Oncology
Board Certification
Gynecologic Oncology, 1996; Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1994, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Seattle magazine's 2020 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Goff was nominated by her peers for this award, because of the excellent care she provides. 

Seattle Met's 2020 Top Doctors Award

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


Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA 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.


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


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

The Triple Crown: Generations of Mentoring for Women in Science

SCCA's Barbara Goff, MD, Elizabeth Swisher, MD, and Barbara Norquist, MD, discuss the benefits of mentoring in research.

Read UW Medicine Article 

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team 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)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.


SCCA 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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