Steven Carter Goins, MD is a member of Summit Health’s Neurology team. Dr. Goins has extensive experience in neuromuscular disease, epilepsy, stroke, and headache management, as well as pediatric neurology and is interested in the entire expanse of neurological diagnosis and care.
Dr. Goins and his wife moved to Bend in 2015, where he served as the hospital’s stroke medical director and as the first neurohospitalist, oversaw the creation of a state-of-the-art stroke program. Recognizing the special geographic barriers of the region and the wide disbursement of the population, he designed the large vessel occlusion stroke triage program that is now being used throughout all of Central Oregon.
Dr. Goins’ interest in a career in medicine began after a life-threatening motorcycle accident at age 16. Inspired by the care, dedication, and professionalism of his surgeon, Dr. Don Brawner, Dr. Goins has strived to become a physician with the same high qualities as his role model, Dr. Brawner. “I enjoy knowing something about my patients’ lives, such as the type of work they have done or what type of education they have,” says Dr. Goins. “Understanding their background allows me to understand their perspective and feelings, and this creates trust and a sense of partnership in our relationship.”
Dr. Goins remains passionate about finding solutions for rural medical care. He is the co-founder of Stroke Awareness Oregon, a successful nonprofit, which has a mission to educate the public about prevention and treatment of stroke.
He received his degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
Outside of work, Dr. Goins enjoys telemark and backcountry skiing, cycling, and watching professional bike races with his wife, including the Tour de France.