Sidney Goldring was born on April 4, 1923, in Kremnitz, Poland. He received his M.D. degree from Washington University in 1947, trained with James L. O'Leary and George H. Bishop, in neurophysiology, and with Henry G. Schwartz, in neurological surgery, all at Washington University and Barnes Hospital and allied hospitals.
From July 1952, to February 1953, he was a Senior Assistant Surgeon in the USPHS. In this capacity, he served as Instructor in Neurological Surgery with Washington University's Medical Unit to Thailand. He subsequently served as a Captain in the U.S. army from July 1953, to January 1955.With the exception of a two year period as Professor and Head of Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh from 1964-66, his professional life has been spent at Washington University School of Medicine, rising from Instructor in 1956, to Professor in 1966. In 1974, he was appointed Head of Neurosurgery and Co-Head of the newly created Department of Neurology and Neurological Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at Barnes and St. Louis Children's Hospitals, positions which he held until 1990.
In 1980, he also was appointed Director of the McDonnell Center for Studies of Higher Brain Function, which was created through a gift of 10.8 million dollars from The James S. McDonnell Foundation to Washington University School of Medicine.His national appointments include: the NIH Neurology Study Sections (1964 to 1973; Chairman, 1972-73); member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute for Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health; member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Neurological Surgery (Chairman 1974-76); Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Neurological Surgery (1974-76); member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery (1969-79; Chairman, 1977-79); member, Editorial Board of the Journal of Surgical Neurology (1990-94); member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons 1973-76 and 1978-81); Chairman of the Neurosciences Interdisciplinary Cluster of the President's Panel on Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1975); Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Research Foundation of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (1981-90); member of the Board of Trustees of the Grass Foundation (1972-present); member of the PEW Neuroscience Program Advisory Committee (1985-87).Dr. Goldring's society memberships include: The American Academy of Neurological Surgery (President, 1983); The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (President, 1983); The Society of Neuroscience; American Neurological Association; American Surgical Association; and American College of Surgeons.Honors include Alpha Omega Alpha, Elected Alumni Member, 1962; Alumni Faculty Award, Washington University School of Medicine, 1987; Honorary Membership and Honored Guest, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 1985; Cushing Medalist, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 1993; Distinguished Service Award, The Society of Neurological Surgeons, 1993. He was also responsible for institutionalizing the Grass Award.Dr. Goldring's research interests are in neurophysiology and in the experimental and clinical aspects of epilepsy, subjects on which he has published extensively.In 1945, Dr. Goldring married Lois Lee Blustein. They have two children, James Michael Goldring and Kathryn Rose Coryell.