Matthew Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S – Plastic Surgeon

About Dr. Goodwin

Board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Matthew Goodwin possesses an artist’s eye and a surgeon’s precise hand, producing impressive, natural-looking results at Inspire Aesthetics in Delray Beach, FL. After earning a Medical Degree from the Yale University School of Medicine and completing  plastic surgery residency and general surgery fellowships at some of the best schools in the nation, Dr. Goodwin is trained to provide a full spectrum of care in cosmetic surgery for the face, body, and breasts. He is board certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Skills & Specialties

Dr. Goodwin is one of the few surgeons in Palm Beach County to offer advanced micro-surgical breast reconstruction, including the deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP), among other flap and implant options. While Dr. Goodwin is a specialist in cosmetic surgery of the breast and body, his practice also includes facial and eyelid rejuvenation, both surgical and minimally invasive. Furthermore, he specializes in skin cancer and Mohs reconstruction, as well as reconstruction of the face and body. He also believes that post-operative scar management is essential for an optimal result and, therefore, counseling is a routine part of his patient care. Dr. Goodwin wants to help his patients at Inspire address their beauty with a "whole-body" perspective rather than just superficially. He accomplishes this through educating his patients about their procedure, how to maintain their results, nutrition for beauty, and what supplements and exercises will best meet their aesthetic needs.

Education & Training

After earning his undergraduate degree at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ, Dr. Goodwin obtained his Medical Degree at the prestigious Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. Thereafter, he completed his general surgery residency at Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the St. Louis Children's Hospital, and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Goodwin also held a fellowship in breast reconstruction, microsurgery, and cosmetic surgery at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD. In addition, he had a visiting international fellowship in microsurgical reconstruction at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, in Linkou, Taiwan.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society or Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society
  • Palm Beach Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Palm Beach Medical Society

Awards & Recognitions

  • Patient’s Choice Award – 5-year Honoree (2013)
    Honored by patient reviews; tabulated by MDx Medical Inc./
  • Most Compassionate DoctorCertificate of Appreciation (2012)
    Honored by patient reviews; tabulated by MDx Medical Inc./
  • Corso Award for Research in Plastic Surgery (2000)
    Awarded by Yale University’s Section of Plastic Surgery
  • Yale School of Medicine Research Day Award (2000)
  • James G. Hirsch Endowed Medical Student Research Fellowship (1999)
    Awarded a scholarship and stipend for one year of research
  • Wilbur G. Downs Fellowship (1997)
    Awarded a stipend for summer research in an underdeveloped country
  • Princeton Fellowship (1995)
    Awarded a stipend for summer study in Paris, France

Research Experience

Yale Pediatric Craniofacial Center (1999 – 2000)
Development and evaluation of an Internet/Intranet based database to aid in the management of pediatric craniofacial patients.

Gaylord Hospital for Rehabilitation (2000)
Assessing the feasibility of telemedicine in managing patients with decubitus wounds secondary to spinal cord injuries.

Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery (2000)
A cadaveric study of ulnar nerve dynamics following ulnar nerve transposition.

Medical Entomology Research Training Unit – Guatemala (1997)
Studied the ability of field populations of Chagas Disease vectors to acquire a genetically altered bacterial symbiont through coprophagic activity.

Publications & Research Papers

Goodwin, Matthew M.D., and Chang, B.W. Editors: Evans, GRD, Nahabedian, M.Y. Breast Reconstruction – Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator (SGAP) Flap. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. Philadelphia: Saunders-Elsevier, 2009, Chapter 5: pp. 67-82.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D., Brandt, K.E. Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy. Missouri Medicine.  May-June 2006, Vol. 103, pp. 289-282.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D., Otake L.R., Persing, J.A,. Shin, J.H. The Virtual Craniofacial Center: Development of Internet/Intranet Based Care Coordination of Craniofacial Patients; A Preliminary Report. Annals of Plastic Surgery, May 2001, Vol. 46, pp. 511-515.

Goodwin, M. An Approach to Establishing Foreign Genes in Simulated Field Populations of Chagas Disease Vectors. Medical School Thesis.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D., Persing, J.A., Duncan, C.C., Shin, J.H. Spontaneously Infected Cephalohematoma: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. July 2000, Vol. 11, pp. 371-375.

Durvasula, R., Kroger, A., Goodwin, M., Panackal, A., Kruglov, O., Tanej, J., Gumbs, A., Richards, F., Beard, C., Cordon-Rosales, C. Strategy for Introduction of Foreign Genes into Field Populations of Chagas Disease Vectors. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, November 1999, Vol. 92, Number 6.


Goodwin, Matthew M.D. Knowledge is the Power of Pink: Options in Breast Reconstruction. Presented at Susan G. Komen Foundation Seminar, West Palm Beach, FL, 2010.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D. Retrospective Study of Immediate Breast Reconstruction with Human Cadaveric Acellular Dermal Matrix. Presented at the Washington University Division of Plastic Surgery Research Symposium, 2006.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D. Long-term Effects of Surgically Corrected Unilateral Coronal Synostosis on Mandibular Development. Presented at the Washington University Division of Plastic Surgery Research Symposium, 2005.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D. The Virtual Craniofacial Clinic: Development of Internet/Intranet Based Care Coordination of Craniofacial Patients. Presented at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgery Regional Conference, Montreal, Canada, 2000.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D. The Virtual Craniofacial Clinic: Development of Internet/Intranet Based Care Coordination of Craniofacial Patients. Presented at the Yale Division of Plastic Surgery Research Symposium, 2000.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D. The Virtual Craniofacial Clinic: Development of Internet/Intranet Based Care Coordination of Craniofacial Patients. Presented at the Yale Medical Student Research Day, 2000.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D. A Simulated Field Trial to Study Spread of Genetically Altered Symbiont (GAS) to Rhodnius Prolixus: Toward Control of Chagas Disease Transmission. Presented at the XXIV Annual Meeting on Basic Research in Chagas DiseaseCaxambu, Brazil, 1997.

Goodwin, Matthew M.D. The Vector Symbiont Method: A New Approach to the Control of Chagas Disease. Presented at the Yale Medical Student Research Day, 1997.


Dr. Goodwin has served as a volunteer plastic surgeon in Port-au-Prince, Haiti performing cleft lip and palate repair, skin reconstruction for burn victims with the University of Miami in projects they sponsored called Project Medishare, Smiletrain, and Operation Smile. He also volunteered his services for earthquake and disaster relief mission through The University of Miami Global Institute in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by performing surgical treatment to earthquake victims, such as flap reconstructions, skin grafts, revision amputations, wound care, and debridement surgeries.

2011: Community Healthfair Co-Chairman

The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society and the Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches, Inc. co-sponsored the Healthfair at Foundcare Community Health Center themed “Fighting Obesity: Healthy Lifestyles for the Family”

2010: Earthquake/Disaster Relief Missions, Feb 7 - 13 and May 21 – 24

The University of Miami Global Institute, Port-au-Prince Haiti in association with Project Medishare performing surgical treatment to earthquake victims – flaps, skin grafts, revision amputations, wound care and debridements

2008 - 2009: Volunteer Plastic Surgery Missions, Port-au-Prince Haiti

Performing cleft lip and palate repair and burn reconstruction. Organized by the University of Miami and sponsored by Project Medishare, Smiletrain, and Operation Smile.





"Patient - My experience with doctor Goodwin was one of a kind. He was always courteous and direct with me. Also he was always poignant and reliable. I could always count on him to give me an accurate report of what was going on with my situation. He always gave me his honest opinion on crucial decisions with no bias. I highly recommend Dr.Goodwin to anyone. He is impeccable as a plastic surgeon and you will not be disappointed."



"Patient - Dr. Goodwin is an excellent doctor. He is very professional and easy to talk to. He did my breast surgery and I could not be happier. I knew from the momenet I consulted with him that he would be my plastic surgeon. It didnt hurt that he went to Yale Medical School either. Thank you doctor!"



"I had to call Dr. Goodwin more than once in the middle of the night, two times he met me early in the morning at the hospital for emergencies. But the most impressive part, was during all of my problems which resulted from radiation and than a skin graft and then an infection, when I called dr. Goodwin again late one Saturday night he returned my call even though he was out of town at a surgeon's conference. I didn't want to go to the hospital if he wasn't going to be in town. Dr. Goodwin told me to take a picture of the infected area and send it to him on the cell phone. He then text messaged me the next morning, asking how I was doing and told me to keep in contact with him through texting during the day so that he could keep abreast of my case while sitting in the conference. By Sunday evening he had contacted the Boca Raton Women's Center and set up an appointment for me Monday morning to have fluids drained from the infected areas. When I got to the Women's Center they were waiting for me and very up to date on the complications of my case. In the end they decided to wait until Dr. Goodwin got back on Wednesday to do the procedure as they were worried about further complications. He was very attentive and never gave up on me even when I thought I couldn't go any further with treatment. Today I am alive and healthy. Dr. Goodwin is one of the good guys, lets hope that the new health care system helps him instead of hurting him. We need more doctors like him."



"THE BEST & COMPASSIONATE ! - Dr. Goodwin is an excellent doctor and very compassionate. Kind, and not in a hurry to move you along. He takes his time with you to make sure everything is covered before you leave. His staff are professional as well, they treat you as the special patient that you are !!"



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