Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine

Barbara Goff, MD is currently the Director of both the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She joined the faculty in 1993, and is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, an adjunct professor in the Department of Surgery, and an affiliate researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


Dr. Goff’s research interests range from the understanding mechanisms of chemoresistance, gender bias in medical reimbursement, surgery for gynecologic cancers, teaching and evaluating surgical skills, and screening and early detection of ovarian cancer. In 2005, she was the first recipient of the Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Research Award presented by the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance for her work in identifying symptoms as a method of early detection of ovarian cancer. 

Dr. Goff graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. She went on to obtain her MD at the University of Pennsylvania and then completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Harvard.

Dr. Goff is President-Elect of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. She is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has served as an advisor to the Center for Disease Control’s Ovarian Cancer Public Health Needs Workshop and conducted multiple Special Interest Projects with the CDC in ovarian cancer.

In 2007, she received the Ladies Home Journal Medical Breakthrough Award for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer, and has received “Best Doctor” award from Seattle Magazine numerous times. Dr. Goff is currently Deputy Editor for Gynecologic Oncology, having served on the editorial board for 7 years. She has received 16 grants supporting her research efforts, has published more than 130 manuscripts in professional journals, and has authored 11 book chapters in her career.

Dr. Goff lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

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