About the Doctor


Shirley Goodman gave birth to her first born son Dave in Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, on December 14, 1950. When Shirley began labor, his proud father, Franklin, rushed her to the hospital, and Dave was almost born in the car on the way there.

So Dave grew up in the Big Apple. His older sister Helene picked on him and Dave in turn picked on his younger brother Michael. The rule in the house was if one cried, we all cried. And this rule was enforced judiciously by Franklin, especially after Shirley would tell the children "just wait until your father gets home!!!"

Dave managed to survive his childhood, and by the time he finished high school he was helping his father Franklin with his New York Hot Dog business. Frank had a fleet of trucks that delivered frankfurters to hot dog vendors all over New York City. Being a growing teenager, Dave developed a voracious appetite for New York hot dogs. Hmmmmm, delicious!!!!! 

What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? 

"Make me one with everything!"


Dave's first year of college was at Bucknell University in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania (Go Bisons!!) On spring break he came to Madison to visit a friend and ended up transferring to the University of Wisconsin, Madison (On Wisconsin!!!) to complete his college education. During his time at the UW he dodged tear gas and National Guardsman during the turbulent anti-war demonstrations of the late 60's and early 70's (OK, he may have joined in on some of the demonstrations). He also began to sail with the Hoofers Sailing Club and developed a lifelong passion for the wind and the water. He graduated in 1972 with a BA degree in Philosophy.
After college, Dave had to decide what he wanted to be when he grew up. The job market for philosophers was bleak in the early 70's, and he wasn't interested in selling hot dogs (only eating them!) He didn't know what to do, so he fell back upon his Jewish heritage which provided him with three basic choices: doctor, lawyer, or rabbi. "My son the doctor" always had a nice ring to it so he decided to become a doctor. He moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he attended Wake Forest University/Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He received his MD degree in May of 1977. 

After graduating medical school, Dave entered into the public health service and was assigned to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he served as a medical officer for three years. He then became an emergency medicine specialist and was one of the first physicians in the United States to complete certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

In 1983 he opened his first emergency care center, MedicEast, in Madison, Wisconsin. This was Madison's first "walk-in" clinic. He also started performing Independent Medical Evaluations and presently continues to provide these services. Seeking to improve his professional credentials, David completed a Masters of Public Health program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he obtained his MPH degree in May of 1994. He became Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine with a specialty in Occupational Medicine in January of 1995. In 1997 he sold his "walk-in" medical practice and now performs IMEs for a variety of agencies in the Midwest.


In the meantime, Dave pursued his lifelong musical interests. He is an accomplished pianist and has played professionally in a variety of different venues.  He also plays bass clarinet and in 1995 played for the Pope in Rome as a member of the Madison Municipal Concert Band. And of course, let's not forget Dave's first instrument, the accordion. He has been known to show up when least expected as the gypsy accordion player (it's a talent that he expects to carry him through retirement!!)

When he is not busy doctoring or playing music or sailing, Dave loves to roller blade and has participated in marathons and fund raising events. He also loves to snowboard and for many years was a Senior Snowboard Patroller at Cascade Mountain, a local ski hill. Dave is actively involved in the lives of his three children, Gillian, Eli and Sarah.  When not in Madison, you can find Dave floating around on his sailboat Bel Ami in the Caribbean.

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David A Goodman MD MPH