I began my professional career as an aerospace engineer working on the Nasa Space Shuttle for Rockwell International after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University. Several years later, I decided to apply this background to a career in medicine so that I could help people on a more personal and direct level. I received my medical degree (M.D.) from Columbia University in New York City and my fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery from Yale University. My first job as a cardiothoracic surgeon was as a faculty member at The Ohio State University School of Medicine where I performed a wide variety of complex heart and lung surgeries including heart transplants and lung cancer procedures while teaching students, residents and fellows during their training. I moved to Arizona in 2002 to be closer to my large extended family. I have given talks on a wide variety of cardiothoracic surgery topics to patient groups and professional societies based on my experiences and research over the years. I like to stay current with new technologies when I believe they are safe and offer clear advantages to patients. To that end, I have performed more robotic thoracic surgeries than any other cardiothoracic surgeon in Phoenix because I believe the patient benefits are significant.
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Learn about Dr. Goldstein
I have a very direct, honest, and thorough approach in communicating with all of my patients and their families. I typically spend a great deal of time with new patients so that I can understand them as a complete person, not just a disease entity. Please see the video on my website to get a better sense of my approach and care philosophy.
Dr. Goldstein's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Board certified in Cardiovascular Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Adult Cardiac Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Goldstein's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
Aneurysm of Sinus of Valsalva
Aortic Aneurysm, Familial Thoracic
Aortic Valve Disease
Aortic Valve Regurgitation
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid Artery Stenosis
Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma
Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
Congestive Heart Failure
Coronary Artery Calcification
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
Heart Tumors, Benign
Heart Tumors, Malignant
Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
Mitral Valve Disease
Mitral Valve Regurgitation
Mitral Valve Stenosis
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
Respiratory System Cancer
Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
Aortic Valve Repair
Aortic Valve Replacement
Aortic Valve Surgery
Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Decortication and Pleurectomy
Heart Defect Repair
Heart Valve Replacement
Heart Valve Surgery
Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
Mediastinal Tumors and Minimally Invasive Resection
Minimally Invasive Thymectomy
Mitral Valve Repair
Mitral Valve Replacement
Mitral Valve Surgery
Multi-Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Resection of Cardiac Tumor
Surgery, Robotic Assisted
Thoracic Surgical Procedure
Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
Tricuspid Valve Surgery
Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Thymectomy
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
da Vinci® Lobectomy
da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
Malpractice Claims not available
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arizona.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1981
Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons
Medical School | Graduated 1989
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
Yale University Sch of Med Yale New Haven Hosp
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, Thoracic Surgery, Americas Top Doctors www.castleconnolly.com,
Top Doctor, Phoenix Magazine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2009
Top Doctor, Phoenix Magazine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2006
Top Doctor, Phoenix Magazine, Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Diseases (most votes in specialty), 2010
US News & World Reports Top Doctor Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 2011
Top Doctor, Phoenix Magazine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2008
Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor Cardiothoracic Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, 2012
HealthGrades Five Star Physician,
Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor Cardiac Surgery, and Thoracic Diseases, 2011
Media & Publications
The Rochester Manual: Practical Patient Care - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, 1996
Aortic Arch Replacement for Recurrent Cerebral Embolization, 2002
Partial support with a centrifugal left ventricular assist device reduces myocardial oxygen utilization in chronic, ischemic heart failure, 2005
Top Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeons, 2011
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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