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Sara Goslin Neff
Patient Rating
4.9 / 5 (Based on 100 Reviews)

Sara Goslin Neff, ARNP, C-PNP, MSN

Specialties: Diabetes & Metabolism and Pediatric Medicine

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Sara Goslin Neff, please call 319-861-7900

Areas of Interest

Special interests include diabetes, asthma and obesity. Pediatric diabetes services include: insulin pump downloads and adjustments; quarterly provider visits; patient and family education and counseling; consultations for new Juvenile Diabetes/Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM) patients; collaboration with MercyCare Diabetes Center; primary pediatric and/or pediatric diabetes specialty care.

Year began practicing: 2013

Year joined staff: 2014

Year began practicing in specialty: 2013

Education and Training


University of Iowa, Masters of Science in Nursing

Professional Memberships

  • NAPNAP – National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • IANP – Iowa Association of Nurse Practitioners, Board Member

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • 2018 Nominee for Outstanding Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant
  • 2017 Winner for Outstanding Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant
  • 2016 Nominee for Outstanding Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant
  • 2015 Nominee for Outstanding Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant, one of Mercy's Annual Provider Awards


  • Registered Nurse (RN), State of Iowa
  • Advanced Practice Nurse, State of Iowa
  • Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-PC) PNCB
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse (RNC-NIC) NCC
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Provider
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Basic Life Support

Personal Interests

Reading, running, playing pickleball

Additional Information

Mercy's Bicentennial Baby

  • Sara's baby photo
  • Sara with Tom Seabrook, the oldest living person born at Mercy at the time
  • Sara with her parents

Sara Goslin Neff, ARNP, was Mercy's bicentennial baby! The U.S. bicentennial on July 4, 1976, was the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Although she was born in the early morning of July 5, 1976, Sara was the closest to the 4th of July in the bicentennial year, earning her lots of attention. Mercy dedicated its then-monthly publication to her, which also featured Tom Seabrook, the oldest living person born at Mercy (1906) at the time. It was later reprinted in The Gazette.

The article focused on the medical developments Tom had seen during his lifetime, including the introduction of antibiotics, development of X-rays, widespread use of anesthesia, transplant operations and total joint replacements. The writer wondered, "Will Sara's lifetime bring a bionic person? A cure for cancer?"

Not yet, although the article also touched on pediatric diabetes, which is now one of Sara's specialties.

"Sara's children, if they have diabetes, may not face possible blindness because of the disease, which (ophthalmologist) Dr. (John) Puk says is the number one cause of blindness," they wrote in 1976.

Now, "Pediatric diabetes patients still face many medical hardships, including complications of vision, but blindness among children with diabetes is not seen," Sara said.

Read the entire 1976 article (PDF).

Patient Reviews

May 16, 2022
Sara is simply the best. She's knowledable, thorough, approachable, kind and fun. We are so grateful for her.
March 07, 2022
Always super helpful!
February 10, 2022
We love Sara Neff so much. She is so easy to talk to, so efficient, so patient centered and so great with kiddos. Grateful to have her
December 14, 2021
Sara is an amazing practitioner and we feel very blessed to have her treating our son.
December 09, 2021
Sara Neff is the best!! She listens and is so easy to talk to!
December 01, 2021
Sara Neff is top notch! Kind and compassionate towards everyone and listens to all concerns. Knowledgeable about each diagnosis and is able to speak to the kids at their level of understanding. All my kids go to Sara and they love "Dr. Sara!" I love that my kids are not scared to go to the Dr as they know "Dr. Sara" will take care of them!!
November 24, 2021
Sara is always goes above and beyond for our children's care
October 14, 2021
I believe that Sara Neff is on of the best medical professionals in the area. She is an outstanding provider! She shows compassion, understanding, provides a listening ear, and gives medically sound advice with every single visit. We are so lucky to call her our primary pediatrician!!
August 12, 2021
My son is small for his age so Sara always knows what to do to help! We started him on grow and gain shakes and have been very pleased
July 06, 2021
Sara & Meghan are the best!! They need a raise! Really!!
June 29, 2021
Sara is informative, patient and includes us as parents in every step of the way. I appreciate that she takes the time to get to know us at every visit.
June 01, 2021
Sara is so attentive, caring and I know she is going to give us the best treatment and care possible. it is such a relief and blessing!!!
May 13, 2021
everyone was wonderful and explained everything very well
April 08, 2021
this time [my child] really felt like Sara was blaming her for not properly taking care of herself. [My child] is trying but when upset her sugars spike plus [other] factors that will cause issues with her numbers. wearing her pump makes no difference at all.
November 23, 2020
We were scheduled to see Dr. Machnowski, but he was called away for an emergency and Sara Goslin Neff stepped in to speak with us. She was fantastic! Even more impressive was the fact that she called later in the evening on a subsequent night to report the findings of [a procedure] taken after hour at a different Mercy clinic. That blew us away! The fact that she understood the anxiety we, as parents, were feeling and wanted to reassure us (despite the fact that she was taking time away from her own family) was unbelievably kind. We were very appreciative.
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Provider's Contact Information

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