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Kristina Goff, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Management
  • Leaders in Clinical Excellence Program Development Award
Kristina Goff
“Figure out what matters most to you and pursue it unabashedly. You may be surprised where you end up, but you'll never be sorry.”

Contributions to STEMM

“I am an anesthesiologist with subspecialty training in critical care medicine,” said Dr. Goff of her position at UT Southwestern. “I take care of patients undergoing a wide range of surgical procedures, both while they are in the operating room and before and after their surgeries in the ICU.” Her responsibilities also include administrative and educational roles that “focus on improving care quality and patient safety in the ICU. I also enjoy teaching medical students, residents, and critical care fellows. I am particularly passionate about using simulation-based training modalities to improve medical education.”

Advice to the Next Generation

The opportunities within STEMM fields are immense, something Dr. Goff hopes excites young scientists rather than intimidates them. “Explore every opportunity until you find the right fit for you,” she said. In her own experience “as a young woman, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in health care, but I had no idea how many different options were out there."

"People are your best resources, so ask lots of questions, network whenever you can, be curious, and don't be afraid to stray from the beaten path.”

The UT Southwestern Difference

“I love that my job constantly presents opportunities to collaborate across different specialties and profession lines within medicine,” she said of her career at UT Southwestern. “I enjoy connecting with people and building new bridges.”

Dr. Goff also values the diversity of people and experiences that her job provides. “As an anesthesiologist and critical care physician, I get to work closely with many different types of physicians, nurses, therapists, and support staff to make sure our patients have the best possible experience during a very stressful time in their lives,” she said.

“Because I work with people from so many different backgrounds, I learn something new every day I come to work, and every day feels like a chance to improve the way I provide care.”

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