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Karen Goodwin


Breast cancer surgeon
Travel fanatic and foodie

Dr. Karen Goodwin is a surgeon who specializes in breast diseases. Her focus is on breast conservation using oncoplastic techniques, which aim to remove cancer while preserving breast appearance and function. She performs these techniques – including hidden scar methods and nipple-sparing mastectomies – with colleagues in reconstructive surgery.

In research, Goodwin is interested in how to reduce risk in women found to be at high risk for breast cancer.

Goodwin earned her medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing a general surgery residency at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, she completed a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Goodwin is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Outside of work, Goodwin enjoys hiking with her family, yoga, tennis, cooking, wine tasting and travel.

  • Education

    Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2008

  • Residencies

    MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center, General Surgery, 2013

  • Fellowships

    MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Breast Surgical Oncology, 2014

I am committed to guiding my patients through the entire breast cancer journey, making sure they receive cutting edge, individualized treatment.

Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    311 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 22, 2023
    Excellent Doctor!!!
    Nov 17, 2023
    I am very pleased to be a pt in this circumstance
    Oct 22, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin has exceptional bedside manner. My experience with her and her staff has been wonderful.
    Oct 21, 2023
    Thought highly of this provider and our session but would have wanted a followup as mentioned
    Sep 30, 2023
    She was fantastic. I'd recommend her to anyone I could. I wish I could be her patient but I and a Kaiser patient and was just here for a second opinion.
    Sep 29, 2023
    This was a really tough appointment and Dr Goodwin showed tremendous compassion and never made me feel rushed.
    Sep 26, 2023
    All beyond expectations! I was worried about pain and was pleased that it was minimal; comforted by reassurances!
    Sep 20, 2023
    Totally feel very comfortable with Dr Goodwin. She is very professional and caring.
    Sep 08, 2023
    Excellent in explaining things in detail and I liked the fact that Dr. Goodwin cares for her patients
    Sep 01, 2023
    The best!
    Aug 20, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin showed my the images which helped me understand the concerns for doing a biopsy. I appreciated this as well as answering questions. I felt seen and respected.
    Aug 16, 2023
    Dr Goodwin has provided excellent care for me and shows interest and consideration for my family as well. She is great!
    Aug 15, 2023
    I'm assuming this is about Dr. Karen Goodwin which is why the high marks. She is an excellent and well-informed doctor/surgeon who is able to listen and advise patients while keeping them at ease.
    Aug 09, 2023
    I am very happy with the care I'm receiving from Dr Goodwin.
    Aug 09, 2023
    Dr. Karen Goodwin was excellent! She is a phenomenal individual. I appreciate her and am thankful
    Aug 07, 2023
    Karen Goodwin is excellent and I am so happy to have chosen her to be my on going doctor for my specific health care.
    Jul 19, 2023
    Dr.Goodwin is personable compassionate and smart as s whip.
    Jul 14, 2023
    Always very happy with Dr Goodwin.
    Jun 30, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin is very professional and at the same time warm compassionate and easy to talk to.
    Jun 28, 2023
    I have recommended Dr Goodwin to many people over the last 2 years.Excellent provider and skilled surgeon
    May 26, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin is an exceptional health care provider and an essential part of my health team.
    May 24, 2023
    Dr Goodwin was excellent! Explained things clearly and patiently listened and answered my questions. Friendly and courteous. I was very pleased with the visit.
    May 23, 2023
    Grateful to be Dr. Goodwin's patient.
    May 19, 2023
    Dr Goodwin has a wonderful bedside manner. She always makes me feel comfortable and offers really helpful information and options.
    May 11, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin spent an hour with us. She was friendly informative and had thoroughly read my records.
    May 05, 2023
    Top notch
    May 04, 2023
    I love Dr Goodwin- she is lovely empathetic and kind as well as an excellent doctor.
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin is an amazing physician! She is kind and always makes me feel at ease she is very knowledgeable and she respects my wishes.
    Apr 26, 2023
    Dr Goodwin is caring and explains everything really well.
    Apr 21, 2023
    Doctor Goodwin was excellent at listening evaluating and in explaining my situation and care options
    Apr 02, 2023
    The MD had no understanding of my personal context. This is really important in the process of building rapport which increases honesty from the pt improving "data" quality. All practitioners should ask if their pt has any medical experience or education so they know the appropriate vocabulary and scientific detail necessary to communicate. (I tend to dress down in these situations because practitioners show me who they are if they assume I'm less educated. In this Instance the MD showed know Interest In me as a human having a personal context that might relate to the situation I face.) Meet the pt where they are ... :)
    Mar 31, 2023
    Best experience I have had at a doctor's office. Speed of the streamlined system. The nurse assistant and Dr Goodwin went the extra mile to be sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. I look forward to working with them moving forward.
    Mar 22, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin was excellent. She asked questions listening to my concerns and explained everything so clearly that I came away from the appointment feeling confident that I was on the right path for maintaining my health. She also made it clear that if I needed future help she would provide it. Her experience professionalism and knowledge are exactly what you hope for from a medical provider.
    Mar 15, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin and staff were wonderful!
    Mar 10, 2023
    She was very informative and she went over everything thoroughly. She was very patient.
    Mar 10, 2023
    Dr Goodwin is exceptional in all of these areas
    Mar 07, 2023
    I feel totally comfortable with Dr Goodwin. She is very professional and caring.
    Mar 03, 2023
    Dr Karen Goodwin is OUTSTANDING!! She is smart informative and kind. I look forward to our next meeting. I have the utmost confidence in her and felt at ease during our visit. I truly believe she cares for her patients. She's an asset to UCSF. I trust her completely.
    Mar 01, 2023
    I am very impressed with Dr. Goodwin as a surgeon and caring provider.
    Feb 19, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin Is incredible. I live 100 miles away but have chosen her as my doctor anyway.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Very kind friendly caring. Feel confident with her care.
    Feb 11, 2023
    Dr Goodwin and her staff are awesome
    Feb 09, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin has been very informative concerned available. I am in the right hands.
    Feb 08, 2023
    Spectacularly attentive and aligned with my goals
    Jan 21, 2023
    Dr Goodwin was very nice and comforting tone while she explained my cancer to me. And when I got upset she was patient and caring and answered all my questions and made me feel better and made sure I understood all the info. I appreciate her taking the time to explain my cancers yo me and being patient with me when I started crying. She listened and didn't dismiss any of my concerns even if they were dumb. I think she's a fantastic doctor. :)
    Jan 16, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin was extremely thorough and informative and took a lot of time with me. I was therefore surprised to receive a call the following morn to schedule surgery when she was and still is supposed to speak with my GI doctor first.
    Jan 15, 2023
    Dr. Goodwin clearly explained the steps I should take to continue to monitor my health and she answered all of my questions. I felt reassured after my appointment and am pleased with the entirety of my visit (check in ease of scheduling etc.)
    Jan 08, 2023
    Enjoy my new breast doctor Dr. GOODWIN
    Jan 08, 2023
    I found the doctor very prompt empathetic patient. She answered my questions clearly explained things clearly and offered me options.
    Jan 06, 2023
    Excellent feeling of rapport concern for my feelings and attitude toward procedure. Amazing to feel this level of sensitivity!
    Dec 28, 2022
    I'm not used to being treated so well in the healthcare system. Thank you for your care and compassion.
    Dec 13, 2022
    She explained everything very clearly.
    Dec 06, 2022
    Friendly caring listens to questions and provides easy to understand answers
    Dec 01, 2022
    Dr Goodwin is amazing and Happy to have found her to help with my care. Listened to my concerns. Looking forward to working with her.
    Nov 14, 2022
    Dr. Goodwin and her staff are amazing and kind and efficient. I know I'm getting great care with Dr. Goodwin.
    Oct 25, 2022
    Such a caring professional
    Oct 22, 2022
    Excellent evaluation of previous diagnosis and treatment proposal
    Oct 18, 2022
    Dr Goodwin is an amazing surgeon. She combines all the qualities one would want in a MD. She excels in her work
    Oct 12, 2022
    Dr. Goodwin is an amazing person and very skilled surgeon. I am grateful every day.Being heard listened to and treated very kindly had a healing effect too.
    Sep 15, 2022
    The care provider did an excellent job.
    Sep 14, 2022
    I have recommended Dr. Karen Goodwin to others. She has always been my strong advocate and is professional and kind. She listens to my concerns and gives me options towards my decision making. She is easy to talk to and is understanding. She has my highest recommendation.
    Sep 09, 2022
    The very best care I have ever received in the medical field! And Dr Goodwin is especially outstanding! So glad I switched my care over to you guys! Best decision ever!
    Aug 16, 2022
    Dr Goodwin is an excellent physician & surgeon and so nice.
    Aug 05, 2022
    I was not informed in advance of a change in procedure which is disturbing to me. Otherwise great care
    Aug 05, 2022
    Dr. Goodwin is an amazing physician and is empathetic and compassionate to her patients.
    Jul 29, 2022
    Jul 27, 2022
    She was wonderful! Patient and kind. She worked with where I was- tears concerns and questions.
    Jul 15, 2022
    Wonderful Dr. Excellent surgical care and a genuinely caring person
    Jul 10, 2022
    Dr. Goodwin was excellent. She was informative efficient and straightforward. I appreciated my meeting with her which set me much more at ease about my diagnosis.
    Apr 28, 2022
    She was very thorough.
    Apr 15, 2022
    Appt was very quick! Would have liked another 5 minutes
    Apr 15, 2022
    I love Dr. Goodwin. She is an exceptional physician!
    Apr 13, 2022
    Excellent experience. Awesome doctor!
    Apr 10, 2022
    I left feeling informed with a clear action plan. I wish I had asked for a referral for a endocrinologist.
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