Lee Goldman, MD


Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, joined Columbia in 2006. He is the Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Chief Executive of Columbia University Medical Center.  He serves as Dean of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and is administratively responsible for the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, and the School of Nursing. Dr. Goldman received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, where he also earned a Masters degree in Public Health.  He did his clinical training in medicine at UCSF and Massachusetts General Hospital, and in cardiology at Yale New Haven Hospital.  Before joining Columbia he was the Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Prior to moving to San Francisco, he served as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine and later Chief Medical Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Goldman’s research has focused on the costs and effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies, as exemplified by his work predicting the cardiac risk of non-cardiac surgery (the “Goldman Index”), determining which patients with chest pain require hospital admission (“the Goldman Criteria”, as featured in Blink by Malcolm Gladwell), establishing priorities for the prevention and treatment of coronary disease (the Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model), and changing the way medical care is delivered (the scientific basis for the now ubiquitous chest-pain evaluation units and the creation of the first academic hospitalist program).  He coauthored the article that coined the term “hospitalist” and created the first academic hospitalist program in the U.S.  His more than 450 publications include more than 20 first- or senior-authored articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, the premier journal for patient-oriented research. Dr. Goldman is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation; past President of the Association of American Physicians, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the Association of Professors of Medicine; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a past director of the American Board of Internal Medicine; and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.  He is the recipient of the highest awards from the Society of General Internal Medicine (the Glaser Award), the American College of Physicians (the John Phillips Award), and the Association of Professors of Medicine (the Williams Award), as well as the Blake Award from the Association of American Physicians, and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke from the American Heart Association.  Dr. Goldman is a past associate editor of The New England Journal of Medicine and editor of The American Journal of Medicine.  He serves as the lead editor of the renowned Cecil Textbook of Medicine, recently renamed Goldman-Cecil Medicine, and he recently authored the popular book entitled Too Much of a Good Thing: How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing Us.

updated June 2016

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