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William Christopher Golden, M.D.

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  • Medical Director, Newborn Nursery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology

Research Interests

Neonatal/Congenital Infections; Neonatal Brain Injury; Neonatal Bilirubin Metabolism; Pediatric Medical Education more

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Dr. W. Christopher Golden is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is neonatology. His research interests include congenital and neonatal infections, neonatal bilirubin metabolism, care of healthy newborns, and pediatric medical education (in particular, medical student education). Currently, he is the Director of the Pediatrics Core Clerkship in the School of Medicine.

As Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery, he has been the site Principal Investigator (PI) or a collaborator on research involving improving safe sleep practices in newborns, screening babies for adrenoleukodystrophy and biliary atresia, employing functional MRI (fMRI) to study neonatal cerebral oxygen metabolism, and using investigational therapies to prevent vertical transmission of HIV. He also is the site PI for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center on a multicenter trial of acyclovir pharmacokinetics in neonates with confirmed or suspected herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection.  

Dr. Golden received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Duke University. He subsequently completed all of his medical training (medical degree, Pediatrics residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Nationally, Dr. Golden is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Contemporary Pediatrics. He also serves as Co-Leader of the Core Clerkship Collaborative of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP), the premier national organization for design, development, and formal academic study of methods in pediatric education in medical schools.

Dr. Golden also is the Secretary of the Pediatric Section of the National Medical Association (NMA), the largest and oldest organization representing African American physicians (and their patients) in the United States.  

At Hopkins, he serves on the Department of Pediatrics Intern Selection Committee and as Core Faculty for the Department of Pediatrics for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. more


  • Medical Director, Newborn Nursery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Director, Pediatric Core Clerkship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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  • MD; Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1995)


  • Pediatrics; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1998)


  • Rotator; Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (1999)
  • Pediatrics; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2001)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine) (2001)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Golden remains active in research with pediatric faculty and trainees on clinical projects involving HIV, herpes simplex virus, cytomegalovirus, Zika virus and syphilis infections in newborns. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, he is working with faculty in the Neonatology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Obstetrics departments on studies investigating the impact of the virus on mothers and neonates, and remains the lead neonatal consultant to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Biocontainment Unit. Dr. Golden continues his collaboration with Peiying Liu (faculty, Johns Hopkins Department of Radiology) as a co-investigator testing MRI as a means of measuring brain oxygen consumption in neonates. In terms of medical education, Dr. Golden is director of the Pediatrics Core Clerkship for medical students in the School of Medicine. In addition to helping coordinate undergraduate medical (medical student) educational activities at Hopkins, he is a national leader in the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP).

Selected Publications

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O'Riordan DP, Golden WC, Aucott SW. Herpes simplex virus infections in preterm infants. Pediatrics, 2006; 118(6):e1612-e1620

Liao C, Golden WC, Anderson JR, Coleman JS. Missed opportunities for repeat HIV testing in pregnancy: implications for elimination of mother-to-child transmission in the United States. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 2017; 31 (1): 20-26

Golden WC, Patel SC, Chou B, Dudas RA, Stewart RW, Balighian ED, Khan S, Hueppchen NA, Barone MA.Development and evaluation of a simulation-based, medical student teaching session for communicating bad news and uncertainty along the obstetric-neonatal continuum. Medical Science Educator, 2018; 28 (1): 211-219.

Holtzman M, Golden WC, Sheffield JS. Zika virus infection in the pregnant woman. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2018; 61(1): 177-185.

Chen MW, Akinboyo IC, Sue PK, Donohue PK, Ghanem KG, Detrick B, Witter FR, Page KR, Arav-Boger R, Golden WC. Evaluating congenital syphilis in a reverse sequence testing environment. Journal of Perinatology, 2019; 39 (7): 956-963.

Activities & Honors


  • Bauernschmidt Fellowship Award, Eudowood Board, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1999 - 2000
  • One of the "Top Neonatologists" in Baltimore, Baltimore Magazine, 2014 - 2015


  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 1997
  • Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, 2013
  • Academic Pediatric Association, 2014
  • Northeast Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2016
  • National Medical Association, 2017
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