Campaign links: Dr. John McGoff (R-IN-5)
Dr. John McGoff Congressional Candidate Indiana District 5
Biography of Dr. John McGoff from Dr. John McGoff for Congress
A New Voice and Proven Leader for Indiana’s 5th District
Dr. John McGoff is a lifelong Hoosier and Indianapolis resident. He attended St. Pius X Catholic School and graduated from North Central High School in 1977. While in high school, he volunteered in the Wishard Hospital Emergency Department, and, and reaffirmed his ambition to become a physician.
At the age of twenty, Dr. McGoff graduated from Indiana University with a degree in biology and matriculated to the IU School of Medicine. During his third year of medical school, he joined the Medical Officer Training Corps with the Indiana National Guard. Upon completion of medical school in 1984, he performed his post-graduate residency in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. After finishing his residency in 1987, Dr. McGoff returned to Indianapolis and began working in the Emergency Department at Community Hospital where he later served as chairman. Over the years he has treated tens of thousands of patients from many different backgrounds.
He continues to serve in the National Guard and after 29 years holds the rank of Brigadier General. He is currently the Chief of Staff for Indiana and oversees nearly 2,000 airmen. Prior to his promotion to General in 2010, he held the position of Air National Guard Assistant to the United States Air Force Surgeon General at European Headquarters. He is a decorated Iraq War Veteran and has logged over 600 hours of flight time in many aircrafts, including the F-16 and F-4 fighters. He is an Air War College Graduate and his decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and many others.
In addition to his roles as a father, husband, physician and military officer, Dr. McGoff remains an active member of the community in many other ways. Currently he serves as an alternate Trustee for the Indiana State Medical Association. He is Past-President of the Indianapolis Medical Society and has served on a variety of national, state and local boards including: Community Hospitals of Indianapolis, Marion County Forensic Science Commission, Indiana Organ Procurement Organization, Indiana Brain Injury Leadership Board and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
He is a long time activist in Republican politics in Marion County, starting as a precinct committeemen, ward chairman, and alternate delegate for the Republican National Convention on two occasions. In 1996, he was elected Marion County Coroner and served two terms. In 2004, he served Governor Mitch Daniels as a healthcare policy advisor for his campaign, and as a member of the Indiana Department of Health Transition Team following Daniels’ victory.
Today, Dr. McGoff resides on the northeast side of Indianapolis. He and his wife Karen have been happily married for 26 years and have a 15-year-old daughter, Ava, who attends Cathedral High School.