Last Name

Harley Goldberg, DO

TitleClinical Associate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentFamily Medicine
Address• 275 Hospital Pkway Suite 310
San Jose CA 95119
Phone(408) 972-3033
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
I have a strong interest in and experience with Complementary and Alternative Medicine systems. Spine care includes collaborative practice with medical spine specialists, spine surgeons (orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons), interventional pain services, physical therapy, psychotherapy and behavioral medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine. As a family physician, I am interested in the whole person, wellness and illness management, in the context of the individual’s personal, social, and spiritual values. As an osteopathic physician, I am also interested in manual therapy and the role movement plays in health: long term, this is an active movement program (exercise, stretching, yoga, etc.); and as needed, short term passive movement therapy (osteopathic manual therapy, physical therapy, etc). I am also interested in the management of pain, chronic and acute. I am interested in the role of psychological, cultural, and spiritual beliefs in health and wellness. I am involved in research activities in each of these areas as well.

I believe that health care is set in the context of an individual's personal beliefs about health and wellness and that is in the context of one’s greater social (and spiritual) beliefs. Therefore, it is important for the individual to be actively involved in their choices of approach to treatment and management of their health. It is important to recognize what science has shown us about what is safe and effective. This balance is what is termed integrative, whole person care and includes all of a persons individual, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual value systems in the context of their broader social situation and relationships with their family and greater community. I believe in an integrative approach for the individual and also for the health care team, which is why it is an absolute honor and pleasure to work at the Kaiser Permanente system. In the Kaiser Permanente system, we offer opportunity to work collaboratively with all disciplines in medical care and it is my practice to communicate with all of your physicians and providers to maintain a focus on what is your chosen treatment algorithm. I know of no other practice opportunity than the Kaiser Permanente system that provides this integration so robustly. I encourage you to discuss all the concerns that you have in order for us to choose what is the very best possible approach to your care for you. The Permanente Medical Group has the unique advantage of integrating the care experience of our patient across disciplines and medical centers to maximize your benefit.

After obtaining my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, I completed a residency in Family Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland, OR. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine. My practice is currently restricted to spine care, here at the San Jose Medical Center at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose. I am also the Director for Spine Care Services as well as Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Northern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program.

I am also proud to be a Team Physician for the San Jose Sharks®.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar (Low Back) Disc Herniation
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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  1. Goldberg H, Firtch W, Tyburski M, Pressman A, Ackerson L, Hamilton L, Smith W, Carver R, Maratukulam A, Won LA, Carragee E, Avins AL. Oral steroids for acute radiculopathy due to a herniated lumbar disk: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2015 May 19; 313(19):1915-23. PMID: 25988461.
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  2. Friedly JL, Comstock BA, Turner JA, Heagerty PJ, Deyo RA, Sullivan SD, Bauer Z, Bresnahan BW, Avins AL, Nedeljkovic SS, Nerenz DR, Standaert C, Kessler L, Akuthota V, Annaswamy T, Chen A, Diehn F, Firtch W, Gerges FJ, Gilligan C, Goldberg H, Kennedy DJ, Mandel S, Tyburski M, Sanders W, Sibell D, Smuck M, Wasan A, Won L, Jarvik JG. A randomized trial of epidural glucocorticoid injections for spinal stenosis. N Engl J Med. 2014 Jul 03; 371(1):11-21. PMID: 24988555.
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  3. Avins AL, Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Goldberg H, Pressman A. Should we reconsider the routine use of placebo controls in clinical research? Trials. 2012 Apr 27; 13:44. PMID: 22540350.
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  4. Mehling WE, Gopisetty V, Bartmess E, Acree M, Pressman A, Goldberg H, Hecht FM, Carey T, Avins AL. The prognosis of acute low back pain in primary care in the United States: a 2-year prospective cohort study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 Apr 15; 37(8):678-84. PMID: 22504516.
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  5. Mehling WE, Gopisetty V, Acree M, Pressman A, Carey T, Goldberg H, Hecht FM, Avins AL. Acute low back pain and primary care: how to define recovery and chronification? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Dec 15; 36(26):2316-23. PMID: 21311400.
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  6. Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, Tosteson A, Blood E, Herkowitz H, Cammisa F, Albert T, Boden SD, Hilibrand A, Goldberg H, Berven S, An H. Surgical versus nonoperative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis four-year results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Jun 15; 35(14):1329-38. PMID: 20453723.
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  7. Avins AL, Bent S, Padula A, Staccone S, Badua E, Goldberg H. Initial experience with a group presentation of study results to research participants. Trials. 2008 Mar 21; 9:16. PMID: 18355417.
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  8. Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, Tosteson AN, Blood E, Hanscom B, Herkowitz H, Cammisa F, Albert T, Boden SD, Hilibrand A, Goldberg H, Berven S, An H. Surgical versus nonsurgical therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis. N Engl J Med. 2008 Feb 21; 358(8):794-810. PMID: 18287602.
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  9. Avins AL, Bent S, Staccone S, Badua E, Padula A, Goldberg H, Neuhaus J, Hudes E, Shinohara K, Kane C. A detailed safety assessment of a saw palmetto extract. Complement Ther Med. 2008 Jun; 16(3):147-54. PMID: 18534327.
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  10. Goldberg H. The Effect of Combining Manual Therapy with Exercise on the Respiratory Function of Normal Individuals. Focus on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2008.
  11. Goldberg H, Avins A, Bent S. Chondroitin for osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. Ann Intern Med. 2007 Dec 18; 147(12):883; author reply 884-5. PMID: 18087064.
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  12. Avins AL, Goldberg H. Creating a culture of research. Contemp Clin Trials. 2007 Jul; 28(4):557-62. PMID: 17398163.
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  13. Goldberg H, Avins A, Bent S. Interpretation of Chondroitin Meta-Analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2007; 147(12):883.
  14. Bent S, Kane C, Shinohara K, Neuhaus J, Hudes ES, Goldberg H, Avins AL. Saw palmetto for benign prostatic hyperplasia. N Engl J Med. 2006 Feb 09; 354(6):557-66. PMID: 16467543.
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  15. Bent S, Goldberg H, Padula A, Avins AL. Spontaneous bleeding associated with ginkgo biloba: a case report and systematic review of the literature: a case report and systematic review of the literature. J Gen Intern Med. 2005 Jul; 20(7):657-61. PMID: 16050865.
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  16. Goldberg H. Focus on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Cranial manipulation and sleep latency. 2005; 10(3):213-4.
  17. Jacobs BP, Mehling W, Avins AL, Goldberg HA, Acree M, Lasater JH, Cole RJ, Riley DS, Maurer S. Feasibility of conducting a clinical trial on Hatha yoga for chronic low back pain: methodological lessons. Altern Ther Health Med. 2004 Mar-Apr; 10(2):80-3. PMID: 15055099.
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  18. Jacobs BP, Mehling W, Avins AL, Goldberg HA, Acree M, Lasater JH, Cole RJ, Riley DS, Maurer S. Feasibility of conducting a clinical trial on Hatha yoga for chronic low back pain: methodological lessons. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2004; 10:80-3.
  19. Goldberg H. Manual of Outpatient Gynecology (Havens C, Sullivan N ed.). Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2002.
  20. Goldberg H. Feverfew for prevention of migraine. Alternative Medicine Alert. 1999; 2:41-43.
  21. Goldberg HA, Wall E,Commerford K. Suspected Child Sexual Abuse. Journal of Family Practice. 1989.
  22. Goldberg H. Asana, a manual. Sri Ram Publishing. 1982.
  23. Elke M, Truman C, Goldberg H. The Massage Manual of the Massage Institute of California. 1976.
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