Mark Goldberg, M.D.
Mark Goldberg, M.D.

Mark Goldberg, M.D.

  • Neurology

Biography

Mark Goldberg, M.D., is Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement at UT Southwestern Medical Center with a focus on the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. He served as Chairman of the UT Southwestern Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics from 2010-2018.

Dr. Goldberg joined UT Southwestern in 2010 after nearly 20 years at Washington University, where he was the founding Director of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, a campus-wide initiative promoting research on brain diseases affecting all patient ages.

At UT Southwestern, he serves in a number of leadership roles, including Co-Director of the Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair and Director of the Haggerty Center for Research on Brain Injury and Repair in Stroke. He is also the UT Southwestern Director and Co-Principal Investigator of a national initiative called NeuroNEXT, and he serves on the executive committee of the Lone Star Stroke Consortium.

An expert in stroke care, Dr. Goldberg focuses his research on injury of the brain’s “white matter,” which contains the long “arms” by which nerves reach other areas of the brain. White matter gets its color from the insulating fatty coating that makes nerve cells more efficient. Several diseases and injuries, including stroke, trauma, and multiple sclerosis, can damage this coating. He also studies how nerve cells can form new connections to neighboring nerve cells after injury.

Dr. Goldberg earned his medical degree from Columbia University after graduating from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He completed his neurology residency at Stanford University, where he was also a postdoctoral research fellow. He is the recipient of the S. Weir Mitchell Award from the Academy of Neurology, a Clinician Investigator Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.

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Meet Dr. Goldberg

International stroke expert

UT Southwestern’s focus on neurosciences supports Dr. Goldberg’s fascination with the brain and its complexities. His interest took shape early in his medical training at Columbia University and then Stanford. Now, as an internationally recognized stroke expert with more than 25 years of experience, he works with patients and in the lab to promote better and more effective recovery after a stroke.

“Patients who have had a stroke can get better. In those cases when they don’t, we use our understanding of the brain, its activity, and how it can change itself to promote better recovery and function,” Dr. Goldberg says. “Because we’re an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, the only hospital in Dallas that’s received this recognition from the Joint Commission and American Stroke Association, our patients have access to truly groundbreaking care.”

Dr. Goldberg is also involved in a number of large-scale projects that bring together teams of experts across the country and throughout Texas to find better therapies for stroke. He is the UT Southwestern Director for a national initiative called NeuroNEXT, a consortium to promote access to neurologic disease clinical trials for all patients, no matter where they are located. He also serves on the executive committee of a similar initiative focused solely on Texas patients, called the Lone Star Stroke Consortium, and he co-directs UT Southwestern’s Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair

“Everything I’m involved in shows my sense of hope for the future in the treatment of brain diseases and disorders – not just stroke, but also traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and others,” Dr. Goldberg says. “There is no better time or place to be making advances that are truly important to patients.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Stanford University Medical Center (1989-1991), Research
  • Residency - Stanford University Medical Center (1985-1989), Neurology
  • Internship - Stanford University Medical Center (1984-1985), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1980-1984)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute (2015)
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • American Neurological Association
  • American Heart Association
Honors & Awards
  • President 2002, American Heart Association, Great St. Louis Division
  • Clinical Teacher of the Year Award 2006, Washington University
Books & Publications
Research
  • Stroke
  • Neurotherapeutics
  • Brain repair
  • Axon injury

Q&A by Mark Goldberg, M.D.