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Authors > Lee Goldman, MD, MPH

Lee Goldman, MD, MPH is the Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor, Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Chief Executive of Columbia University Medical Center.  He is the lead editor of Goldman-Cecil Medicine, 26th Edition.


Dr. Goldman received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, where he also earned a Master’s 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. Prior to that position, 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 medical research focuses on cardiac risk in non-cardiac surgery, determining which patients with chest pain require hospital admission, establishing priorities for the prevention and treatment of coronary disease, and the scientific basis for the now ubiquitous chest-pain evaluation units and the first academic hospitalist program.


His more than 450 publications include more than 20 first- or senior-authored articles in the New England Journal of Medicine. The more than 45 trainees who have first-authored peer-reviewed publications under his mentorship include many who are now leaders in cardiology, general internal medicine, and public health, both nationally and internationally. As a creator of the Harvard Program in Clinical Effectiveness, he has contributed to the training of hundreds of physician investigators and developed approaches that served as one of the models for the National Institutes of Health’s K-30 program, which now provides analogous training to patient-oriented researchers at numerous academic medical centers throughout the country.


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; and a member of the Institute of Medicine.  He received the highest awards of 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).