David Goldenberg, MD, FACS

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David Goldenberg, MD,  FACS
Employed by Penn State Health
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Head and Neck

Academic Appointments

Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Professor, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Surgery
Vice President, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Services

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About Me

David Goldenberg, MD, FACS, is a head and neck surgical oncologist. He was educated at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He completed a residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, and then went on to do a three-year fellowship in head and neck surgery and oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Currently professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine, Dr. Goldenberg combines a busy surgical practice with teaching and research. His clinical practice includes head and neck cancers, thyroid cancers and parathyroid disease, and radiofrequency ablation of thyroid nodules. His clinical research focus is on outcomes and etiology of the rise in incidence of thyroid cancer and his basic research lab and basic research focuses on thyroid cancer genomics in familial nonmedullary thyroid cancer as well as radiation induced thyroid cancer.

Dr. Goldenberg is an accomplished and prolific author of over 230 journal articles, 35 book chapters, and seven books in the field of head and neck and thyroid oncology and surgery. His latest book, "Head & Neck Endocrine Surgery - A Comprehensive Textbook, Surgical, and Video Atlas (Thieme 2021) is the most comprehensive textbook to date on the subject of thyroid and parathyroid surgery.



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Professional Education


Medical School, Ben Gurion University of the Negev - 1995


Fellowship, Head & Neck, Surgical Oncology Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland) - 2005


Residency, Head & Neck, Surgical Oncology Rambam Medical Center - 2002


Internship, Rotating Soroka Medical Center - 1996

Research Interests

  • Head and Neck Cancer, Thyroid Neoplasms, Thyroid Cancer, Parathyroid


  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer: Castle Connolly - 2009-2021
  • Best Doctors in America – 2020
  • Best Doctors in America: Top Doctors - 2011-2022
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors – 2009-2023
  • Distinguished Educator Award, Penn State College of Medicine – 2014
  • PA Top Docs – 2022
  • U.S. News and World Report, Top Cancer Doctors – 2015


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Member