Wendy Goodwin, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and a full-time physician at Children’s Health in Dallas. 

She earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University where she was named a President’s Endowed Scholar,  the university’s highest academic scholarship.  Before attending medical school, she worked for one year on Capitol Hill for the late Congressman Charlie Wilson gaining experience in legislative aspects of health care.  She graduated from the UT Southwestern Medical School where her interest in the human brain was fostered by working as a Neuroanatomy teaching assistant.

She completed a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  She then worked in private practice gaining experience in adult occupational / musculoskeletal medicine and spine care before pursuing a fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. She is board certified in both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Goodwin treats patients in both a clinic setting and during acute hospitalizations.  She works very closely with the Trauma team as part of a Level I Trauma Center, caring for patients in the ICU through their long-term follow-up.  Her clinical interests include all levels of traumatic brain injury (TBI) including concussion, spinal cord injury, neuro-development, vestibular disorders, fitness medicine and cognition.  She is a strong advocate for patients with disabilities in the school setting.  Areas of clinical expertise also include spasticity management with a large population of cerebral palsy patients.

Her honors include being identified as a junior faculty leader and completing UT Southwestern LEAD program.  She was also appointed to the Texas Department of Health & Human Services Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council.  In this position she has worked at the state level with leaders in various state organizations to advocate for patients with TBI and educate state legislators on issues impacting this population. She authored the pediatric portion of the council’s 2014 Governor’s Report. 

Dr. Goodwin also serves on the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation International Advisory Board and was asked to participate as a 5-state regional leader in the Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury plan.  She enjoys public speaking and educating the community about TBI.

Her research interests include concussion/mild TBI, childhood obesity and fitness medicine.  

She is certified bilingual in Spanish and is also a certified personal trainer. 


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2000)
St. Paul University Hospital (2001), Internal Medicine
Baylor University Medical Center (2006), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2009), Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine

Research Interest

  • Concussion/mild TBI, childhood obesity and fitness medicine.


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The Alu-Rich Genomic Architecture of SPAST Predisposes to Diverse and Functionally Distinct Disease-Associated CNV Alleles.
Boone PM, Yuan B, Campbell IM, Scull JC, Withers MA, Baggett BC, Beck CR, Shaw CJ, Stankiewicz P, Moretti P, Goodwin WE, Hein N, Fink JK, Seong MW, Seo SH, Park SS, Karbassi ID, Batish SD, Ordóñez-Ugalde A, Quintáns B, Sobrido MJ, Stemmler S, Lupski JR Am. J. Hum. Genet. 2014 Jul

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation