Stanley M. Goldberg, M.D.

Stanley M. Goldberg, M.D. has been at the forefront of colon and rectal surgical education for over half a century. He was born and educated in Minneapolis where he first received a Bachelor’s degree cum laude in 1953. In 1956, he graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and also completed his General Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery training at the University of Minnesota. He was awarded an American Cancer Society grant in 1962 to study at St. Mark’s Hospital in London. On his return, he joined the clinical faculty in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. At the same time, he became a founding partner of Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates, Ltd.; the practice that has had a long-standing relationship with the University of Minnesota Medical School.

In 1972, Dr. Goldberg was named a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he served as the Director of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery until 1992. The scope and vision of the Division were expanded significantly under his leadership and over 175 colon and rectal surgeons were trained under his direction. Dr. Goldberg has served as President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and as President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Internationally, Dr. Goldberg has been awarded recognition by some of the most prestigious surgical colleges in the world. Among the many Honorary Fellowships he holds are from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Spanish Association of Surgeons, Philippine College of Surgeons, Honoris Causa in Lleida and in 2008, he received an honorary membership from the Japanese Surgical Society. Dr. Goldberg is among the few American surgeons to have been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Society of Medicine of England and the Association of French Surgeons. In 1996, he received the Harold S. Diehl, M.D. Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments. In 2000, the Stanley M. Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S. Chair in Colon and Rectal Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School was established. Dr. Goldberg received the Surgical Alumnus of the Year Award in 2006 from the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery.

As a prolific writer in the field of colon and rectal surgery, his name often appears at the end of the list of authors; a sign that it is his department and his inspiration that has been responsible for the scientific standards and the surgical infrastructure. He has the reputation of inspiring enormous loyalty in the many fellows from around the world who have gone to work in his active department. His technical competence, his availability, and his wisdom are legendary. Dr. Goldberg is a member of the editorial board of many prestigious surgical journals. He continues to serve as an ambassador for the University of Minnesota, enhancing its profile to a worldwide audience.

Accompanying Dr. Goldberg on his lifetime journey has been his wife of 52 years, Luella Gross Goldberg. His family includes Ellen Goldberg Luger and husband, Andrew Luger and two children; Stephanie and Joshua; Fred Goldberg and wife Rosalie Goldberg; and Martha Goldberg Aronson and husband, Dan Aronson and three children Samuel, Robert and Max.

Past Lectures
YearSpeakerTopic
2013Neil Mortensen, MDThe Generation Game- Pouch Salvage & Reconstruction
2012Philip GordonThe Evolution of Colorectal Surgery Since My “Chance” Encounter with Stan Goldberg
2012John Nichols, MDIleoanal Reservoir: Evolution of a Procedure Over 35 Years.