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Donald P. Goldsmith

Donald P. Goldsmith, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Department: Pediatrics

Specialties: Allergy / Immunology, Pediatrics, Rheumatology


  • MD - University of Vermont College of Medicine

Awards & Honors

  • Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2012-2021, 2023, 2024)
  • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, University of Vermont College of Medicine (2017)
  • Recognized as a master, American College of Rheumatology (2012)
  • Best Doctors in America (2007-2020)
  • Joseph Lee Hollander Award (2006)
  • Quality of Life/Professional Education Award, Eastern Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation (2005)
  • Arthritis Hero Award, Arthritis Foundation (2003)
2024 Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors™

Donald Goldsmith, MD, is board certified in pediatrics, rheumatology, and allergy and immunology. He has a special interest in the effects of physical conditioning on functional health assessment in children with rheumatic disorders and therapeutic agents for the treatment of juvenile arthritis.

Dr. Goldsmith is chief of the Section of Rheumatology at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. His foremost contributions to the field of pediatric rheumatology include the earliest report of post-streptococcal reactive arthritis in children, the description and labeling of a previously undefined inflammatory disorder as “neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease” (NOMID, now identified as one of the primary autoinflammatory disorders), and the development of the Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire (CHAQ), which still the most widely used assessment tool for juvenile idiopathic arthritis worldwide.

His other notable clinical interests include recognition of arthritis associated with cystic fibrosis and the diagnosis of childhood reflex neurovascular dystrophy through nuclear imaging. More recently he has focused on the diagnosis and management of hyper IgD with periodic fever syndrome (HIDS).

Dr. Goldsmith is a past president of the Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society and Philadelphia Rheumatism Society. In 2006 he testified before the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives/Health and Human Services Committee on behalf of the Pennsylvania rheumatology community about proposed Lyme disease legislation. His service to the Arthritis Foundation has included being physician coordinator for several annual Arthritis Walks and physician co-chair for three National American Juvenile Arthritis Organization meetings held in Philadelphia. He has received the Eastern Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation Quality of Life-Professional Education Award, Arthritis Hero Award, and the Joseph Lee Hollander Award for excellence and achievement in the field of rheumatology.

  • Named "Top Doctor" by Philadelphia magazine (2021, 2023, 2024)

Clinical Services

Allergies, Lyme disease, Pediatric rheumatology, Uveitis - child, Undifferentiated rheumatic disorders - child, NOMID, Neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease


  • Internal Medicine - Thomas Jefferson University


  • Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children


  • Rheumatology/Immunology - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Temple University School of Medicine

Affiliated Hospitals

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Donald Goldsmith, MD, has been a professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine since 1992. He has served as a role model for numerous pediatric residents who have pursued careers in pediatric rheumatology, while also enthusiastically providing the pediatric education for many of the adult rheumatology fellowship programs in Philadelphia.

Dr. Goldsmith is the long-time pediatric editor for the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. He developed the PEDS group, a consortium of four regional pediatric academic rheumatology centers, and has served as an ACR Pediatric Rheumatology Visiting Professor. He is an active member of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Alliance and Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group. At St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, he is a past president of the medical staff, past director of the Office for Continuing Medical Education, the current president of the Alumni Association and associate chair for faculty development.

In November 2012, Dr. Goldsmith was recognized as a master of the American College of Rheumatology, one of the highest honors the College bestows to members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology. He was one of only 16 pediatric rheumatologists ever so honored at that time. Most recently he was a core member for the Choosing Wisely Committee of the American College of Rheumatology for Pediatric Rheumatology. In 2016, he was the invited speaker for the 4th annual H. Ralph Schumacher Lectureship — "The Expanding Mosaic of Autoinflammatory Diseases." In 2017, he was recognized by his alma mater, the University of Vermont College of Medicine, with a Distinguished Academic Achievement Award.


Recent Publications

"A 6 month, multicenter, open label study of fixed dose naproxen/esomeprazole in adolescent patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis"
Lovell DJ, Dare,JA, Sedlack MF, Ball J, LaMoreaux BD, Von Scheven E, Reinhardt A, Jerath R, Alpan O, Gupta R, Goldsmith D, Zeft A, Naddaf H, Gottleib, B Jung L, Holt R
Ped Rheumatol 2018; 16,41 (2018). https;//

"Neurologic complications of rheumatic disease"
Lvovich S,Goldsmith DP
Semin Pediatr Neurol 2017; 24(1:54-59

"Physican’s perspctives on the diagnosis and management of periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis, and cervical adenitis (PFAPA syndrome)"
Mantharam K, Li S, Hausmann J, Amarilo G, Barron K, Kim H, Leonetti G, Zeft A, Goldsmith D, Kruberlin K, Edwards K Dedeoglu F, Lapidus S, For the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) PFAPA Subgroup
Rheumatol Int 2017;17:881-889

"Childhood primary angiitis of the central nervous system with metachronous hemorrhagic infarcts: A post mortem study with clinicopathologic correlation"
Katsetos C, Poletto E, Kasmire KE, Legido A, Goldsmith DP
Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2014;12: 184-194

"Safety of celecoxib and nonselective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: results of the phase 4 registry"
Sobel ER, Lovell DJ, Brunner HI, Weiss JE, Morris PW, Gottlieb BS, Chalom EC, Jung LK, Onel KB, Petiniot L, Goldsmith DP, Nanda K, Shishov M, Abramsky S, Young PJ, Giannini EH
Pediatric Rheumatol. 2014, 12:29 DOI: 10.1186/1546-0096-12-2

Recent Chapters

"Rheumatologic Disorders"
Goldsmith DP
In Abzug JM, Kozin SH, Neiduski R (eds). Pediatric Hand Therapy. Elsevier Health Sciences, New York, 2019. P 229-242

"Rheumatologic Disorders"
Goldsmith DP, Kozin SH
In Abzug JM, Kozin SH, Zlotolow DA (eds): The Pediatric Upper Extremity. Springer, New York, 2015. p 1593-1606

"Pediatric Hand and Wrist Inflammatory Arthritis"
Kozin SH, Goldsmith DP, Zlotolow DA
In Lee SK, Schwartz AJ (eds) Hand and Wrist Arthritis, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Illinois, 2014, pp 121-32

Recent Abstracts

"Studying patients with autoinflammatory diseases: The past, present and perspective for the future (II)"
Hausmann JS, C Biggs, Goldsmith DP, Dedeoglu F
Presented at the International Congress of Familial Mediterranean Fever and Systemic Autoinfammatory Diseases. Dresden Germany, October 3, 2015
Pediatric Rheumatology 2015 13 (suppl 7) 187-8 (DOI:10.1186/1546-0096-13-51i.

"Studying patients with auutoinflammatory diseases: The past, present and perspective for the future"
Hausmann JS, Biggs C, Goldsmith DP, Dedeoglu F
Arthritis Rheum 2014; 66 (10) Suppl: S537


Recent Presentations

"Kawasaki Disease"
Invited Guest Speaker, Semi-Annual Family Practice Review, Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine and Lancaster General Health, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Marcy 22, 2019 and October 22, 2019

"Systemic Onset Juvenile Arthritis: Management Guidelines"
Invited Guest Speaker, American Juvenile Arthritis Organization National Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 19, 2018

"Tubulo-interstitial nephritis and Uveitis Syndrome"
Invited Guest Speaker, Temple University Rheumatology Grand Rounds October 15, 2017

"Autoinflammatory Disorders: The Expanding Spectrum"
Invited Guest Speaker, Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society Annual Meeting, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, September 22, 2017

"Systemic Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis"
Invited Guest Speaker, Autoinflammatory Disorders: Diagnosis and Management, Medical University of South Carolina/South Carolina Rheumatism Society, Charlestown, South Carolina, April 22, 2017

"Biologic Preparations for Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases—What the Pediatrician Needs to Know"
Einstein Medical Center, Pediatric Grand Rounds, June 23, 2016

"New and Old Autoinflammatory Disorders"
Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine Grands Rounds, April 27, 2016

"The Expanding Mosaic of Autoinflammatory Diseases"
Fourth Annual H Ralph Schumacher Lectureship, Philadelphia Rheumatism Society, April 19, 2016

"Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis—Diagnosis and Therapeutics"
Pediatric Grand Rounds, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pennsylvania, March 22, 2016

"The new monogenic autoinflammatory disorders"
Invited Guest Speaker, Albert Einstein Medical Center Rheumatology Conference, May 28, 2015; and Temple University Rheumatology Grand Rounds May 21 2015

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a primary academic campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Its physicians are non-compensated members of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine and its clinical practices are independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
160 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Phone: 215.427.5000
Fax: 215.427.5555