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Allan Moises Goldstein, MD

Surgeon-in-Chief, Massgeneral Hospital for Children

Chief, Pediatric Surgery

Director, Pediatric Neurogastroenterology Program

Pediatric Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Trauma
  • Surgery: General, Thoracic, & Minimally Invasive
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation
Clinical Interests
Hirschsprung's disease
Intestinal motility
Laparoscopic surgery in children
Newborn surgery
Children and adolescents
Gastrointestinal disease
Minimally invasive pediatric surgery
Pediatric general and thoracic surgery
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Children's Hospital of New York
Board Certifications
Pediatric Surgery, American Board of Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


I received my M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and then did a residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1993-2000. I then went to New York where I completed a 2-year fellowship (from 2000-2002) in pediatric surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. In 2002 I returned to Mass. General to join the Department of Pediatric Surgery. My practice is limited to the surgical care of infants and children, including adolescents. I practice the full spectrum of pediatric surgery. My specific interests are in minimally invasive pediatric surgery and in intestinal disorders. I have an active clinical and basic science research program studying the causes and potential treatments of neurointestinal diseases, including Hirschsprung's disease. My practice is primarily based at Mass. General, but I also see patients in the North Shore at Danvers.


I have an active basic science and clinical research program that focuses on improving the diagnosis and treatment of children with disorders of intestinal motility. One example of such a condition is Hirschsprung's disease, a congenital condition in which the lower part of the colon lacks nerve cells. Hirschsprung's disease is associated with severe functional obstruction of the intestine and requires surgery to remove part of the colon. My research is aimed at improving our ability to diagnose and treat children with Hirschsprung's disease. For a complete summary of my research, please go to my lab website -

What is Hirschsprung’s Disease?

Learn more about Dr. Allan Goldstein’s mission to find a cure for this rare colon disease effecting newborns.

Zachary’s Story: Promises Kept to Patient with Hirschsprung’s Disease

Pediatric surgeon Allan Goldstein, MD, has kept his promise to a young patient with Hirschsprung’s disease.

Goldstein named chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery

Allan Goldstein, MD, FACS, director of the Pediatric Neurogastroenterology Program, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery for MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and will lead the division’s clinical, education, research and community service activities.

Hirschsprung Disease: exploring its causes, consequences, and novel treatments

Dr. Allan Goldstein researches the development of the enteric nervous system, including the causes of distal aganglionosis, causes and possible treatments of Hirschsprung-associated enterocolitis (HAEC), and neuronal cell transplantation, a novel treatment approach for Hirschsprung disease.

Goldstein named surgeon-in-chief of MGHfC

Allan M. Goldstein, MD, FACS,has been named chief of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief of MassGeneral Hospital for Children, effective Oct. 1.

Goldstein Appointed New Surgeon-in-Chief of MGHfC

Allan Goldstein, MD, FACS, has been appointed chief of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of MGHfC.

Gifts that keep on giving

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) recently received a generous donation from the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Eastern New England.

REACH Symposium- Research, Education, and Awareness for Children with Hirschsprung's disease

The REACH Symposium (Research, Education, and Awareness for Children with Hirschsprung's disease) is a multidisciplinary conference highlighting important and up-to-date clinical and scientific topics in Hirschsprung's disease.

3rd Annual Hirschsprung Disease Summit

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, fellows, and families of children with Hirschsprung disease. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: • Discuss the consequences of Hirschsprung disease on gastrointestinal physiology and function. Describe the current understanding of the genetics underlying Hirschsprung disease. • Outline the causes of constipation, incontinence, and enterocolitis following surgery for Hirschsprung disease. • Determine the best diagnositc evaluation and management of gastrointestinal issues following pull-through surgery.

Pediatric Surgery
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