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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

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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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 (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. 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)


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


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

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Golden has special interests in neonatal/congenital infections (herpes simplex virus [HSV], syphilis, Zika virus), neonatal brain injury (infectious and hypoxic-ischemic), neonatal bilirubin metabolism, and pediatric medical education (medical students and residents).

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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