Biography & Education

Personalized, up-to-date, collaborative hematology and oncology care. Look it up, dont make it up. If there is valid information, it is the physicians responsibility to find it and apply it intelligently.
  • Hematology
Education Background
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: New York University, New York, NY
Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY, Hematology, Oncology
Seattle Magazine, Seattle�s Top Doctors, Medical Oncology ~ 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • English
Professional Associations
Washington State Medical Association; American College of Physicians; American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Society of Hematology; American Association for Cancer Research; American Society of Clinical Oncology
Personal Interests
Family, Talmud, classical literature.

Care Locations

550 17th Avenue
Suite 540
Seattle, WA 98122
Fax 206-320-8149
Minor & James Medical
First Hill Medical Building
515 Minor Ave., Suite 170
Seattle 98104
Fax 206-386-9605
Accepting New Patients



Cancer and the culture of desperation

April 15, 2013
Cancer “diagnoses” are popularly characterized as death sentences preceded by periods of horrible suffering. This characterization, popularized by media of all types (from movie to the pages of the New York Times), is in fact what motivates much of the real problem of cancer … desperation. What if the conditions for success could be known?

Cooking Your Way to Health

March 30, 2013
You are in charge of your health. From scheduling your yearly doctor visit to carving out time in your day for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise, you have the power to keep your body and mind in top form. The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to turn this “scheduling” into an enjoyable routine. One of the best ways to do this is to start with the routine that none of us could live without: eating. Here are a few tips to make healthy eating a fun habit: Add color! Colorful fruits and veggies are full of nutrients. Think of meals as art projects and play with color! Mix and match. shows you how to divide up your plate between fruits, vegetables, protein, grains and dairy. Using that framework, mix and match foods and find the combinations that make your palate sing. Mix it up and make mealtime fun. Get creative wi...

Clinical Trials and Personalized Medicine - Interpreting Studies

March 04, 2013
Medicine does not search for truth. It searches for cure. It does not look for the universal, it tries to create exceptions. Medicine emerged from witchcraft. It has always utilized the most advanced technology of its day. Medical models and reasoning always evolve and that evolution makes the previous model obsolete. One of the foundation models of modern medicine is the randomized controlled clinical trial. The principal of the randomized controlled clinical trial is that a single observation needs to be validated and reproduced. The clinical trial provides an estimate of how often a particular observation will occur. It tells us that chemotherapy improves survival for patients with non-small cell lung cancer at one year from 20% to 29%. It tells us that FOLFOX treatment for advanced colon cancer gives a median time to progression of 8.7 months, response rate...

New considerations given about when to refer for Deep Brain Stimulation

February 15, 2013
Every year in the fall, our Swedish DBS Team has a table in the exhibit area at the Hope Conference for Parkinson's Disease. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet people in the PD community, and spend time chatting with our other neuroscience colleagues from centers in the area. I am always surprised by the numbers of people who come by and say, “I am not ready, my disease is not bad enough, I am too young, or I haven't had PD long enough”...


Board Certifications
  • Medical Oncology
Clinical Interests
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • The Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment


Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (79 Ratings, 10 Comments)


After years of treatment by [...], I was upset to change my doctor. I am very happy w/Dr. Goldberg.
Swedish Patient

I feel very comfortable with the care Dr. Goldberg gives me and my family. My husband and son attend the visit and he answers all of our questions.
Swedish Patient

I'm alive because of Dr. Sheldon Z. Goldberg.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Goldberg cares about his patients and it shows. I've been his patient since 1994 and his level of care has never varied from excellent.
Swedish Patient

Sheldon Goldberg is one of the best doctors I've ever had. World class. Intelligent informed. Can't say enough about him! And his entire staff meets his standards.
Swedish Patient

A physician who has a superior knowledge base, is able to communicate well with his/her patients, and who is also responsive to questions and concerns, and personable and caring is a rare human being. I count myself as a very fortunate patient to have Dr. Goldberg as my oncologist.
Swedish Patient

[...] never REALLY looked me in the eye,didn't hear my concerns was too focused on his voice recognition software, lacked empathy.
Swedish Patient

Very informed & thoughtful.
Swedish Patient

Swedish Patient

Dr. Goldberg is tremendous!
Swedish Patient