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Matthew Lawrence Goodwin, M.A., M.D., Ph.D.

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Instructor of Neurosurgery


Dr. Goodwin is a spine instructor within the department of neurosurgery, specializing in complex tumors of the spine and spinal cord. His main research interest is in lactate metabolism with a particular interest in lactate’s role in tumor metabolism and the tumor microenvironment.  

Dr. Goodwin received his Ph.D. training under renowned lactate physiologist Dr. L. Bruce Gladden at Auburn University, where he developed his interest in tumor metabolism.

He then attended Weill Cornell Medical College (Cornell) in New York City before training as an orthopaedic surgeon with a focus on spinal surgery while working in the Dr. Kevin B. Jones lab at the University of Utah. While working with Dr. Jones, Dr. Goodwin and his colleagues created a novel mouse model of alveolar soft parts sarcoma (ASPS) and showed that lactate acted as both a fuel and signaling molecule for developing tumors, driving tumor angiogenesis. 

Dr. Goodwin serves as a peer reviewer for multiple journals, has authored multiple first-author publications, first-authored a medical textbook on physiology, and was named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), the largest and most active exercise science organization in the world. more


  • Instructor of Neurosurgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Weill Cornell Medical College (2013)


  • University of Utah School of Medicine-GME / Orthopaedic Surgery (2018)

Board Certifications

  • Pending/Scheduled / Orthopedic Surgery

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