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William Christopher Golden, M.D.

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Medical Director, Newborn Nursery, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Expertise: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Neonatology

Research Interests: Neonatal/Congenital Infections; Neonatal Brain Injury; Neonatal Bilirubin Metabolism; Pediatric Medical Education

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-5259

1800 Orleans St.
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Phone: 410-955-4588

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
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Dr. W. Christopher Golden is an Assistant 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, routine care of healthy newborns, and pediatric medical education (in particular, medical students). Currently, he is the Associate Director of the Pediatric Basic Clerkship in the School of Medicine.

As Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery, he has been the site Principal Investigator or collaborator on research involving improving safe sleep practices in newborns, screening for adrenoleukodystrophy and biliary atresia, employing functional MRI (fMRI) to study cerebral oxygen metabolism, and using investigational therapies to prevent vertical transmission of HIV.

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 Hopkins Hospital. 

Nationally, Dr. Golden is on the editorial board of Contemporary Pediatrics and is a member of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP). At Hopkins, he is a member of the Intern Selection Committee for the Department of Pediatrics and serves as an advisor for the Pediatric Alliance, the medical student interest group in pediatrics. more


  • Medical Director, Newborn Nursery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Clerkship Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics



  • 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)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (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

Nachman RM, Fox SD, Golden WC, Sibinga E, Veenstra TD, Groopman JD, Lees PSJ. Urinary free bisphenol A and bisphenol A-glucuronide concentrations in newborns. The Journal of Pediatrics, 2013; 162 (4): 870-872

Theda C, Gibbons K, DeFor TE, Donohue PK, Golden WC, Kline AD, Gulamali-Majid F, Panny SR, Hubbard WC, Jones RO, Liu AK, Moser AB, Raymond GV. Newborn screening for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy: further evidence high throughput screening is feasible. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 2014; 111 (1): 55-57

Dudas RA, Colbert-Getz JM, Balighian ED, Cooke DW, Golden WC, Khan S, Stewart RW, Barone MA. Evaluation of a simulation-based pediatric clinical skills curriculum for medical students. Simulation in Healthcare, 2014; 9(1) 21-32

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

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
  • Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics
  • Academic Pediatric Association
  • Northeast Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Patient Ratings & Comments

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