Aviva Goldberg

Current Leadership Positions

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
Section Head, Pediatric Nephrology
Co-Director Professionalism Curriculum, UGME
Ethics Medical Advisor, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Provincial Health Ethics Network
Director, Canadian Society of Transplantation
Chair, Kidney Allocation Review Committee, Transplant Manitoba

Clinical Focus

I work with children with kidney disease from birth to adult transition.  Our multi-disciplinary team provides complete nephrology care, including antenatal consultation, dialysis, transplantation, continuous renal replacement therapy and general nephrology care including hypertension, management of chronic kidney disease and genetic kidney issues. As an ethicist, I provide consultation, education, policy development and advocacy services within the Department, University and Region.


Master of Arts, (Bioethics & Health Policy), Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Fellowship in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Northwestern University

Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship, University of Manitoba and Northwestern University

Pediatrics Residency, University of Manitoba

MD, Medicine, University of Calgary

BSc, Biology, University of Winnipeg

Current Clinical Interests

  • Kidney transplantation
  • Continuous renal replacement therapy
  • Genetic and metabolic kidney disease
  • Transition to adult care
  • Adherence to therapy
  • Antenatal consultation
  • Pediatric ethics
  • Transplant ethics
  • Organizational ethics
  • Professionalism


Read some of Dr. Goldberg’s current publications


“Ethical Issues in Pediatric Organ Transplant”  Role: Co-editor (with Dr. Rebecca Greenberg (Canada) and Dr. David Rodriguez-Arias (Spain)) Published in April 2016 by Springer Int.

Book Chapter/Collections

Goldberg AM “Ethical Decision Making for Infants with End Stage Kidney Disease” in Pediatric Dialysis Case Studies: A Practical Guide to Patient Care ed. Bradley A. Warady, Franz Schaefer, Steven R. Alexander published by Springer 2016
Goldberg AM "Organ Transplants” in  Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks Philosophy: Medical Ethics.
Derrington SF, Goldberg AM, Frader JE. Ethical Considerations in the Psychosocial Evaluation of Pediatric Organ Transplant Candidates, Recipients and Their Families. Published in Pediatric Transplant Ethics ed. Greenberg R, Goldberg AM, Rodriguz D by Springer in 2016

Goldberg AM and Fine RL Ethical Issues in the Care of the Adolescent Transplant Recipient. Published in Pediatric Transplant Ethics ed. Greenberg R, Goldberg AM, Rodriguez D by Springer in 2016

Goldberg AM, Frader J. Minors as recipients and donors in solid organ transplantation in Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook, ed. Douglas D. Diekema, Mark R. Mercurio and Mary B. Adam. Cambridge University Press 2011. Primary/Senior Author.

Goldberg AM, Frader J. Holding on and letting go;  ethical issues regarding the care of children with cancer. Ethical Issues in Cancer Patient Care 2nd edition  Springer 2008. Primary/Senior Author.

Journal Articles

Consideration of children with intellectual disability as candidates for solid organ transplantation-A practice in evolution
Wightman A, Diekema D, Goldberg A.
Pediatr Transplant. 2018 Feb;22(1).

Ethical Considerations Concerning Amnioinfusions for Treating Fetal Bilateral Renal Agenesis
Sugarman J, Anderson J, Baschat AA, Herrera Beutler J, Bienstock JL, Bunchman
TE, Desai NM, Gates E, Goldberg A, Grimm PC, Henry LM, Jelin EB, Johnson E,
Hertenstein CB, Mastroianni AC, Mercurio MR, Neu A, Nogee LM, Polzin WJ, Ralston
SJ, Ramus RM, Singleton MK, Somers MJG, Wang KC, Boss R.
ObstetGynecol. 2018 Jan;131(1):130-134.

Canadian Guidelines for Controlled Pediatric Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death-Summary Report
Weiss MJ, Hornby L, Rochwerg B, van Manen M, Dhanani S, Sivarajan VB, Appleby
A, Bennett M, Buchman D, Farrell C, Goldberg A, Greenberg R, Singh R, Nakagawa
TA, Witteman W, Barter J, Beck A, Coughlin K, Conradi A, Cupido C, Dawson R,
Dipchand A, Freed D, Hornby K, Langlois V, Mack C, Mahoney M, Manhas D, Tomlinson
C, Zavalkoff S, Shemie SD. 
Pediatr Crit Care Med.
2017 Nov;18(11):1035-1046.

Controversy About Dialysis for an Adolescent
Tate T, Goldberg A, Wightman A, Warady BA, Lantos JD.
Pediatrics. 2017 Jul;140(1).

Developing a framework for evaluating kidney transplantation candidacy in children with multiple comorbidities
Goldberg AM, Amaral S, Moudgil A.
Pediatr Nephrol. 2015 Jan;30(1):5-13. Epub 2014 Jan 23. Review. 

Teen Donors, Adult Problems? Evaluating the Risks for Adolescent Living Kidney Donors
Goldberg A M, Storsley L.
Pediatric Transplantation. 2014 Jun;18(4):319-20

CSTCNTRP increased risk donor working group. Guidance on the use of increased infectious risk donors for organ transplantation
Blydt-Hansen T, Boyarsky B, Chow E, Cockfield S, Cole E, Cypel M, Gill J, Goldberg A, Goulet M, Hartell D, Humar A, Husain S, Keshavjee S, Kiberd B, Kim J, Knoll G, Kramer A, Kucirka L, Kumar D, Kutsogiannis J, Lien D, Nagendran J, Nickerson P, Paraskevas S, Renner E, Segev D, Singer L, Trpkovski J, West L, Wright L, Young K.
Transplantation. 2014 Aug 27;98(4):365-9. No abstract available.

Regulated markets of kidneys in developed countries or how to increase health inequities
Allard J, Goldberg A, Fortin MC. 
Am J Bioeth. 2014;14(10):44-5. No abstract available.

CPS position statement for prenatal counselling before a premature birth: Simple rules for complicated decisions
Janvier A, Barrington KJ, Aziz K, Bancalari E, Batton D, Bellieni C, Bensouda B, Blanco C, Cheung PY, Cohn F, Daboval T, Davis P, Dempsey E, Dupont-Thibodeau A, Ferretti E, Farlow B, Fontana M, Fortin-Pellerin E, Goldberg A, Hansen TW, Haward M, Kovacs L, Lapointe A, Lantos J, Morley C, Moussa A, Musante G, Nadeau S, O'Donnell CP, Orfali K, Payot A, Ryan CA, Sant'anna G, Saugstad OD, Sayeed S, Stokes TA, Verhagen E. 
Paediatr Child Health. 2014 Jan;19(1):22-4. No abstract available.

Class II HLA Epitope Matching-A Strategy to Minimize De Novo Donor-Specific Antibody Development and Improve Outcomes
Wiebe C, Pochinco D, Blydt-Hansen TD, Ho J, Birk PE, Karpinski M, Goldberg A, Storsley LJ, Gibson IW, Rush DN, Nickerson PW. 
Am J Transplant. 2013 Dec;13(12):3114-22. Epub 2013 Oct 25.

Awards & Honors

University of Manitoba Student’s Teacher Recognition Award (Medicine)
Canadian Association of Medical Education Award of Merit
Nomination MMSA Teaching Award
                      Class of 2020: Best Small Group Teaching
                      Class of 2020: Innovation
                      Class of 2020: Inspiration
                      Class of 2019: Mentorship
                      Class of 2018: Professionalism

MMSA Teaching Award: Mentorship
Nomination MMSA Teaching Award
                      Class of 2019: Inspiration
                      Class of 2019 Mentorship
                      Class of 2018: Best Small Group Teaching
                      Class of 2019: Inspiration
                      Class of 2018: Mentorship
                      Class of 2017: Professionalism

Nomination MMSA teaching award:
                      Class of 2018: Innovation
                      Class of 2018: Inspiration
                      Class of 2018: Mentorship
                      Class of 2017: Innovation
                      Class of 2017: Inspiration
Honorary Senior Stick, Manitoba Medical Student’s Association

Pediatric Grand Rounds- Best Rounds of the Year

Nomination, MMSA Teaching Award (Med I and II)

Nomination, MMSA Teaching Award (Med II)

CMAJ Humanities Prose Contest, Second place

Nomination, MMSA Teaching Award (Med II)

Aviva M. Goldberg


Phone: 204 787-2437


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