About Anthony

Anthony A. Goodman, M.D, F.A.C.S., is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Montana State University WWAMI Medical Sciences Program and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his B.A. from Harvard College, and his M.D. from Cornell Medical College. For over 20 years, he has worked as a general surgeon as well as a surgeon with the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War, and on the hospital ship, Project H.O.P.E.

Goodman currently teaches surgical anatomy to medical students at Montana State University, develops lecture series for The Great Courses, and writes historical fiction.

Founder of the Broward Surgical Society, Dr. Goodman is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Goodman is a lecturer for The Great Courses, Chantilly, VA, selected from the top 1% of professors in America. His courses include “Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology,” “The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal,” “Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age,” and “The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness.”

Dr. Goodman is the author of the historical fiction novels, None But The Brave: A Novel of the Surgeons of World War II (2012) and The Shadow of God (2002). The Shadow of God was published in six languages worldwide and won great acclaim from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal. A specialist in the surgical treatment of cancer, he is also the author of the non-fiction book, Never Say Die: Doctor and Patient Talk About Breast Cancer. He has appeared on national and regional television, including C-Span Book TV, Good Morning America, Montana PBS and national and regional radio to discuss medical issues and the role of history in fiction.

For Anthony’s complete Curriculum Vitae, Click here

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Goodman’s Adventures…

Travel Adventures – MD on Tibet & Nepal trips – “One of the more exciting jobs for me was to serve as the physician for expeditions to remote regions of the world. One of the most memorable was the attempt to climb Mt. Minya Konka in Tibet. This climb came to a tragic end within the first few days when an avalanche took the life of one of the lead climbers and seriously injured another. The entire focus of the expedition turned from a great adventure to a medical nightmare and desperate evacuation with no outside support.”

To view a slide show of this trip, click here

Project H.O.P.E. – My mentor Dr. Al Hurwitz (whose diaries of serving as a surgeon in World War II form the basis of my novel None But The Brave: A Novel of the Surgeons of World War II ) told me of his experience on the first voyage of the hospital ship, Project H.O.P.E. “I was a teenager at this point, but decided that also serving on this ship would be high on my list once I became a surgeon. At the very end of my surgical residency, I found myself with a several week gap between the end of my residency on the Harvard Surgical Service and my induction into the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Incredibly, just as I was visiting and saying goodbye to my favorite professor, Dr. William V. McDermott, he received a phone call from the ship asking if he knew a surgeon who could urgently fill an opening on the ship’s team for several weeks. He turned to me and said, “Tony, can you leave to go on the H.O.P.E. ship tomorrow for a couple of months?” I thought it over for about 2 seconds and said, “Yes! Absolutely” This was the beginning of another wonderful experience, to serve patients and to help develop a teaching hospital.”

A few criteria I live by – Thirty years ago, shortly after the tragic and untimely death of my closest friend, my wife and I asked each other the question:  “If we had one year to live would we continue to do what we are doing now?” Over the next several months we periodically revisited the question. First, we extended the time period to three years to live, and then added additional criteria.

Now, when faced with any major life choice, we ask ourselves,
“If we had three years to live, would we do this?”
“Will we enjoy the journey more than the destination?”
And most important,
“Will we have fun?”

The answer to all of these questions has to be “yes.” And for the past 30 years, these criteria have served us very well.