A family affair: Children of 2 longtime Helena physicians carrying the torch at St. Peter's

Megan Michelotti

The adult children of two longtime local physicians have returned to Helena with an M.D. behind their names. 

On Aug. 28, Dr. Matthew Goldes joined St. Peter’s Health as a general and vascular surgeon. He is the son of Dr. Jeffry Goldes, who has been practicing dermatology in Helena for 32 years, since 1990.

“Most of my patients will show me like a spot on their arm and say, ‘He took this off of me,’” Matthew Goldes said. “So, the fact that he has this reputation is a little intimidating, and with Dr. Harper retiring, they’re really big shoes to fill.”

Dr. William Harper was a general vascular and thoracic surgeon at St. Peter’s Health who served the Helena community for 35 years before retiring. Matthew Goldes was the planned succession recruit.

He became interested in medicine at a young age because his family is made up of dentists, nurses, ER physicians and dermatologists. 

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