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, using investigational therapies to prevent vertical transmission of HIV, and studying 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 Chair-Elect 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.