Meet the Doctor: Daniel Goldstein, MD
Daniel Goldstein, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, is the Director of Joint Replacement at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. He sees patients at Einstein Orthopedics offices on Germantown Pike in East Norriton and on Mall Boulevard in King of Prussia. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Goldstein was named a “Top Doctor” by Main Line Today magazine in 2020 as well as a “Best Doctor – Reader’s Choice” by South Jersey magazine in 2016.
We recently spoke with Dr. Goldstein about his career, his interests, and joint replacement surgery at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.
Q: Why did you decide to become a doctor?
A: This, to me, is the one of the simplest answers. My father, who is my role model, was a very well-respected urologist in southern New Jersey and my brother is a practicing vascular surgeon in Connecticut. So, it’s safe to say I grew up around doctors.
When I was 16, my first summer job was transporting patients and cleaning operating rooms in a small hospital near Cherry Hill, NJ, where I grew up. I found myself enamored by the orthopedic surgeon that I frequently watched perform surgery. I quickly learned that orthopedics, especially joint replacement, is a field with very specific goals. As opposed to managing chronic disease, orthopedic surgery offers many patients with a specific problem a focused goal that can be achieved with a procedure.
Specifically, regarding joint replacement, many of my patients come to see me with hip or knee arthritis that they have been treating for years. It is so gratifying to inform patients that we can, in fact, fix their problem with a joint replacement. Many of our patients tell us that they wished they “did it sooner.”
Q: Tell us about your education background
A: I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Biological Basis of Behavior which is kind of a mix of psychology and biology. I completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College). After medical school, I did my orthopedic surgery residency at Einstein Medical Center. I then completed a fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction.
After spending several years in private practice, I was “brought home” by Dr. James Raphael, Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Einstein Healthcare Network.
Q: Why did you choose your specialty?
A: I really went into residency with an open mind, but the physicality and patient satisfaction is what really drew me to the field of joint replacement. Knowing that I can remove an arthritic process from a patient’s hip or knee and replace it with a brand new hip/knee is extremely gratifying for me and comforting for my patients.
Additionally, while I was an undergraduate at Penn, I played Division I baseball. Sports have always been a major part of my life. When you grow up playing sports and later playing high-level baseball, orthopedic injuries happen frequently. So, I have to admit that spending time as an orthopedic patient certainly played a role in my choice of field.
Q: What are your clinical interests?
A: My interests are adult hip and knee reconstruction and revision joint replacement.
Q: What drew you to Einstein?
A: At Einstein, we have fellowship-trained surgeons and doctors in our department that can treat nearly every orthopedic condition with the most advanced technologies. I was trained here, so I understood the patient population and appreciated that they deserve this well-trained, high-quality care.
Q: Why should people choose Einstein for their orthopedic care?
A: Here at EMCM, we pride ourselves on providing high level, state-of-the-art care at a community hospital. Patients can now receive superb care that they may have previously thought was only possible at a big-city hospital.
Specifically pertaining to our joint replacement program, we have developed a rapid discharge program. What that means is that surgeries that used to require several nights in the hospital, are being done with a stay of less than 24 hours in many cases. Through a team approach, patients who have battled hip or knee pain for years or decades walk out of the hospital less than 24 hours later with their problem gone.
It’s truly been remarkable seeing the hard work of our team coming to fruition. Shorter hospital stays have been shown to keep patients safer and rapidly enhance their recovery. That is our goal here at EMCM.
Q: What are your interests outside of work?
A: I’m married with two little girls, 9 and 6 years old. Being a girl dad certainly keeps me on my toes. I’m also a huge Boston Red Sox fan. In addition to catching as many baseball games as I can, I also love golf.
Q: Who was an early role model for you?
A: My father, who unfortunately passed away in 2008, was truly my role model. He was a fabulous man and perfect dad. He was a urologist for many years in New Jersey. He taught me the value of hard work, that nothing in life comes free, and that respect is always earned and never given. I live by those words every day.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: I’m not a big reader, but I have always been interested in World War II history. If I had to pick one book it would have to be Moneyball by Michael Lewis.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: I have two favorite movies: Major League and Field of Dreams. Both involve baseball, but one is kind of a feel-good history movie (Field of Dreams) and the other absolutely hilarious.
Q: What is your favorite sports team?
A: The Boston Red Sox are my favorite team. I am also a big Flyers, Eagles and Sixers fan. My mom grew up in Boston and raised me a Red Sox fan.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: Vetri in Philadelphia. By far the best dining experience in town!
Q: Is there a person you’d particularly like to meet?
A: I’d love to meet Elon Musk. He’s a fascinating guy.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you?
A: During residency interviews I was asked, “If you could be anything other than an orthopedic surgeon, what would it be?” My answer to this day is the same, a major league baseball umpire.