BM BCh Oxf 1959, DM 1970; MSc Manch 1976; FRCPsych 1974; FRCP Lond 1976; DPM Lond 1967.
Goldberg began working in psychiatry in London in 1964 at the Maudsley Hospital and continued at the Institute of Psychiatry where he was lecturer. In 1969 Goldberg was appointed senior lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Manchester but spent a year in the USA before taking up his appointment. Goldberg was involved in the expansion of the psychiatry department and the opening of a new department at the South the University of Manchester Hospital. In 1973 he was appointed to the newly established chair of psychiatry at the University of Manchester. By the time he left this post in 1993 he had built up the largest department of psychiatry of any medical school in the UK at that time. Goldberg was later appointed professor of psychiatry and head of the department of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, and director of research and development at the Bethlem and Maudsley NHS Trust. He has a worldwide reputation for research of mental disorders in primary care and education of GPs. Goldberg was adviser on mental health to the Chief Medical Officer from 1989 to 1993 and has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation for many years.