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Douglas S. Goodin


Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center

Dr. Douglas Goodin is a neurologist and an internationally renowned expert on multiple sclerosis (MS).

Goodin divides his time between patient care, clinical research and teaching. His research focuses on understanding genetic and environmental aspects of MS epidemiology as well as on developing and assessing new treatments for MS.

Goodin earned his medical degree at the University of California, Irvine. He then completed a residency in neurology and fellowship training in clinical electrophysiology at UCSF. He also has a master's degree in molecular biology from Purdue University.

Goodin is a professor of neurology at UCSF.

  • Education

    University of California, Irvine, 1978

    Purdue University , M.S., Molecular Biology, 1973

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Neurology, 1982

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Clinical Electrophysiology

  • Board Certifications

    Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    198 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 30, 2023
    I feel truly blessed to have Dr. Goodin.
    Jun 29, 2023
    Dr Goodin is a Great Person. And physician. He cares about my health always finding ways to help me cope with M S symptoms to help me feel comfortable-on this journey I am on .
    Jun 21, 2023
    Everything was good still have questions about the cause of my symptoms.
    Jun 09, 2023
    As always a very friendly conversation with Dr. Goodin. My only complaint is he doesn't seem to realize the importance of exercise for me. It's how I try to avoid loss of mobility or the need to use a cane or other assistive devices. That's why I recently bought a new dog who will keep me active out walking every day.
    May 31, 2023
    Dr. Goodin was professional patient and throughly answered all my concerns. Thank you Dr. Goodin for your help. I appreciate you.
    May 26, 2023
    Over several years I have developed a caring and thoughtful physician/patient relationship with my care provider.
    May 18, 2023
    May 04, 2023
    Terrific doctor
    Apr 14, 2023
    Really wonderful experience. He was both thorough and personable.
    Mar 29, 2023
    Dr Goodin continues to care for me. I Appreciate his knowledge guidance and kindness. He's the best of the best.
    Mar 08, 2023
    When you have top notch leaders you have a top notch team!! Always my experience with the UCSF MS department.
    Mar 02, 2023
    Dr. Goodin is a very special doctor that is rare in the medical field.
    Feb 07, 2023
    Dr. Goodin is very respectful and listens and provides feedback. I appreciate his demeanor.
    Dec 31, 2022
    Very knowledgeable and considerate and above all patience. Thanks
    Dec 30, 2022
    It's been 3 or 4 years since I had an MRI. I'd feel better about the idea that new symptoms like more frequent bowel incontinence and extremely uneven wear patterns on the soles of my shoes are NOT a sign of MS progression if I had visual confirmation.
    Dec 16, 2022
    Top notch
    Dec 08, 2022
    Beyond a 5 star rating and absolutely by far the best provider I've seen out of a few dozen recent providers in different networks.
    Nov 23, 2022
    I love Dr. Goodin. He is engaging speaks to me on my level. Answers any questions and engages in discussions of treatment options with pros and cons. He's great.
    Oct 12, 2022
    Dr. Goodin is amazing. He always answers all of my questions and listens carefully to everything I'm saying. I feel like he takes my health any concerns I have seriously and I have had providers in the past where I have not felt that way. Grateful to be Dr. Goodin's patient.
    Oct 06, 2022
    I would suggest My Doctor to anyone I may meet that has MS.. My Doctor and his team is the Best In the West !!!!Period
    Sep 27, 2022
    Dr Goodin is a great doctor. He took the time to really listen to me and has been a wonderful advocate for me.
    Aug 09, 2022
    I love working with Dr. Goodin
    Apr 14, 2022
    This visit was excellent because although my MS is under good control--no relapse I was having Right Flank Pain that Dr. Goodin did not ignore and made excellent recommendation.
    Mar 26, 2022
    One of my symptoms is short-term memory problems. Therefore I always make a written list of things I want to discuss with the doctor. But I'm easily distracted and usually forget to consult the list during my visits. Early In my most recent visit I mentioned a symptom that's become especially troublesome and that I'd hoped he might be able to resolve. But I didn't get a chance to describe the severity of the symptom or ask how it might be relieved. Instead we spent most of the visit discussing something that was not an immediate concern. So I'm still struggling to cope with the problem on my own.
    Mar 15, 2022
    Doctor Goodin always takes the time to do a thorough exam and answer all of my questions. I drive an hour each way just to see him!
    Feb 23, 2022
    Dr. Goodin is very compassionate and speaks to my dad in East to understand explanations.
    Feb 08, 2022
    Dr. Goodin is an excellent neurologist. He always listens to me and addresses all of my questions and concerns. I am so grateful to have him as my doctor.
    Feb 04, 2022
    It was a second opinion doctor
    Dec 30, 2021
    We've talked 3 times about putting me on Amantadine I'm finally getting a prescription now but I should have recieved it 15mo ago. Still need assessment of neck and spine.
    Dec 22, 2021
    Dr Goodin is excellent
    Dec 22, 2021
    Excellent care
    Nov 13, 2021
    Reffing this Dr would have been very good except he is out of state to me.
    Nov 10, 2021
    Best doctor I've had the priviledge of being seen by. Always asks about how patients are doing in their personal lives as well as with their Illness. And no matter how busy always gives as much time as nessecery to thoroughly explain Information that the patient should and answer all questions/concerns.
    Nov 03, 2021
    Dr. Goodin is simply the best . Excellent.
    Oct 05, 2021
    Everything is excellent!!!
    Oct 03, 2021
    Good Experience
    Sep 22, 2021
    I don't recall if he said anything about a next visit. They usually contact me by phone or email message about scheduling follow-up appointments.