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 (specifically herpes simplex virus [HSV], syphilis, HIV, and Zika virus infections in newborns), neonatal bilirubin metabolism, care of healthy newborns, and pediatric medical education (in particular, medical student education). Currently, he is the Clerkship Director for Pediatrics 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 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 obtained his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and subsequently completed his residency in pediatrics and his fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Nationally, Dr. Golden is on the editorial advisory board of Contemporary Pediatrics and currently serves as a co-leader of the Core Clerkship Collaborative of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) and Secretary of the Pediatric Section of the National Medical Association (NMA). At Hopkins, he serves on the Intern Selection Committee for the Department of Pediatrics and as the neonatal consultant to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Biocontainment Unit.