Meet Dr. Michael C. Goodman
Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Menopause, Infertility
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (1977)
Residency: Georgetown University Medical Center (1981)
Board Certifications: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow
MedChi The Maryland State Medical Society, Quality Assurance Reviewer
Permedion, Quality Assurance Reviewer
American Medical Association
Montgomery County Medical Society
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
North American Menopause Society
American College of Physician Executives
From Dr. Goodman
What is your care philosophy?
I’m focused on helping my patients build the best and most effective treatment plans possible. To do this, I spend time with my patients to learn about their health history and their health problems and then, together, chose a mutually feasible and agreeable course of treatment. Mutual agreement between doctor and patient is incredibly important to the success of a treatment plan, and I like for my patients to have a voice in their treatment.
What inspired you to pursue a career in gynecological medicine?
I was very interested in a career with a combination of both medicine and surgery, especially surgery, and I really identified with the OB-GYN residents and attendants during medical school. I’m very pleased with the path I chose, and I enjoy my work.
What distinguishes your practice from others?
We offer patients a wide range of physicians — different genders, ages, experience, backgrounds — and we are all very cooperative with each other. By coming to our practice, patients are able to get a team opinion, not just a second opinion. We offer a number of on-site services that a lot of practices aren't able to offer, such as DEXA Scan and Urodynamics testing, so that patients don’t have to go to another facility. We also have our own ASC (Ambulatory Surgery Center), so we are able to perform procedures that might otherwise require a patient to be admitted for a hospital stay.
Are you from the DC area?
I grew up outside of Newark in Springfield, New Jersey. While I was in college, I visited a friend in DC and really fell in love with the area. I pursued Georgetown as my first choice for medical school, and I was thrilled to be accepted. My wife and I raised our daughter here, and our daughter is now an attorney who specializes in healthcare law.
What are your best practical tips for new parents?
Get involved with your kids as much as you can and take them everywhere. Expose them to as much as you can outside your house.
What is your best advice for staying healthy?
Stay active and focus on diet and exercise. It’s also very important to follow through on annual doctor appointments and comply with treatment plans recommended by your doctor, which can truly help prevent and minimize a lot of health problems.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be...?
I always excelled at math and science, so I might be a securities broker. I've always thought that running a fortune 500 company would be a lot of fun.