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David J. Goldberg, MD, JD: Medicine, Law and Business Success

By: Abby Penning
Posted: November 2, 2010, from the November 2010 issue of
David J. Goldberg, MD, JD

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Despite the fact that Goldberg is now the director of multiple practice locations, overseeing many employees, patients and procedures, and has a laundry list of professional commitments, he likes to stay involved in nearly every aspect of his business. “A lot of doctors feel like getting patients is the hardest part of the business, but I feel like if you’re good at what you do and you are nice to people, you’ll develop a following,” he notes. Instead, Goldberg often feels dealing with employees can be the toughest part of his practice. “Whether you are working with other physicians or staff members in your office, you have to make sure they have an outlook and philosophy that meshes with your’s and your practice’s,” he says. “I don’t expect my employees to, from the start, always know everything about cosmetic dermatology—they can train for that. But to have a good attitude and be willing to learn, that is something you can’t teach.”

Goldberg’s eager spirit and can-do attitude also has led to his involvement in cosmetic dermatology organizations worldwide, as well as co-directing dermatology meetings in Europe to help bring together leaders in the field from around the globe. Additionally, he’s contributed to medical textbooks, written numerous scientific papers, and co-authored, with Eva M. Harriott, PhD, two skin care books for the consumer market—Light Years Younger (Capital Lifestyles, 2003) and Secrets of Great Skin (Innova Publishing, 2003).

And he seems ceaselessly waiting for his next challenge, commenting that he intends to never retire. “I’m inspired all the time,” he says, and with his buoyant attitude, immense knowledge and drive to succeed, it’s clear that medical aesthetics won’t be the only beneficiary of Goldberg’s future endeavors.