Barbara Goff, MD is a gynecologic oncologist who specializes in caring for women with cervical, endometrial, ovarian, and other gynecologic cancers.
Dr.Goff has researched and written extensively about ovarian cancer, early detection, and treatment. "There is a significant difference in cure rates if ovarian cancer is found early," she says. As many as 70 to 80 percent of cases may be cured if found early. That figure drops to nearly 30 percent for those cases diagnosed later, which unfortunately make up nearly 80 percent of cases.
Dr. Goff is also active in researching the pattern of care women across the country are receiving for their cancers. There are guidelines in the United States that are not always being followed she says, providing an opportunity for improvement.
When Dr. Goff isn't providing patient care or conducting research, she is busy teaching. She is the director of the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship program for the University of Washington School of Medicine and teaches surgical skills as well. "I have a passion for surgery and the precision of surgery," she says.