Allan Goldman

Allan Goldman
Dr Allan Goldman trained as a doctor in South Africa before coming to London in 1990. He completed his paediatric intensive care specialisation in both London and Australia. He took up the post of consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in 1998.

In 2003 he was appointed as Lead Consultant for the Cardiac Critical Care Unit and Director of the ECMO service at GOSH. He is currently Divisional Co-Chair and Divisional Director of the West Division. 


  • MRCP (Paediatrics)

  • MB BcH South Africa

  • MSc Sports Science, South Africa

  • Certificate of completion of training in Paediatrics, London, UK

  • Member of the Medical Protection Society

Research Interests

Current research projects are:

Human factors/Patient safety

Working on a medication bundle to reduce prescription error on the CICU, briefing and debriefing on the ICU and hospital at night handover on how the hospital is run out of hours.

Mechanical Support for infants and children

The focus of this theme of research is on using mechanical support devices, such as ECMO and the Berlin Heart, to bridge children with acute myocardial failure to either recovery or transplantation.

Outcomes studies

(a) to develop a Paediatric Post Operative Morbidity Survey (PPOMS) in infants and children after congenital heart surgery
(b) a neurological follow-up (in particular memory) of children who had acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure as a neonate
(c) Evaluation of the impact of Pre-ECMO ventilation on outcome in children requiring ECMO for respiratory failure.

His research interests focus on the Human Factors aspect of team interfaces, mechanical support as a bridge to heart/lung recovery or transplantation and the genetic basis of inflammation associated with cardiac bypass.

He was the principle investigator in the study looking at the analogy of a Formula 1pit stop to handover of critically ill children from the operating theatre to the ICU after congenital heart surgery.