New faculty Q&A with Zachary D. Goldberger, MD, MS

Zachary D. Goldberger, MD, MS

Zachary Goldberger, MD, MSAssociate Professor (CHS)
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical School: Yale University
Residency: University of Washington
Master's degree: MS in Health Services Research, University of Michigan
Fellowship, Cardiovascular Disease and Research: University of Michigan
Joined the Department of Medicine: July, 2018

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
My main area of clinical focus is noninvasive electrophysiology and electrocardiography. I love evaluating, treating, and educating patients who have arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders). I am also fascinated by syncope (treating patients who have fainting spells), and attend in the Faint and Fall Clinic. I engage in formal teaching of medical students, residents, and cardiology fellows, and enjoy working with all learners at the bedside. I have had the privilege of serving on the Writing Committee for several clinical practice guidelines, and serve on editorial boards for cardiology journals. Finally, I am involved in exam development with the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
I grew up on the East Coast, and went to the University of Washington (“the other UW”) for my first faculty position after my cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan. UW is remarkable in that we have a dedicated Faint and Fall Clinic, where we strive to find a diagnosis for patients with syncope. The opportunity to be a part of the team in that clinic--as well as being able to become more actively involved in electrophysiology and medical education, and be closer to family— drew me to UW Madison.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I am still trying to learn my way around the hospital. But I have been thoroughly impressed with my colleagues in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. I love how we work collaboratively with NPs and APPs, and patients and their families receive the best care in that way. I also look forward to outreach, and working with patients and providers outside of Madison.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with my wife (Erin Fouch, an internist at the West Clinic) and my three daughters. I am a pianist, and jazz and classical music enthusiast.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
Always try to pursue what you are most passionate about — both in your clinical and academic pursuits, and especially in your life outside of work.