Lee Goldman's Biography

Lee Goldman, MD, MPH, 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 also is administratively responsible for the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, and the School of Nursing. Dr. Goldman earned his undergraduate, medical, and master of public health degrees from Yale University. He received his clinical training in medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and at Massachusetts General Hospital, and in cardiology at Yale New Haven Hospital. Before joining Columbia University in 2006, he was the Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professor, Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs of the School of Medicine at 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 on the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for heart disease has transformed the delivery of medical care. He is best known for his work in predicting the cardiac risk of non-cardiac surgery (the “Goldman Index”), determining which patients with chest pain require hospitalization (“the Goldman Criteria,” featured in Malcolm Gladwell's Blink), and establishing priorities for preventing and treating coronary artery disease (the Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model). Dr. Goldman's research has led to the proliferation of the now ubiquitous chest pain evaluation units. He coauthored the article that coined the term “hospitalist” and created the first academic hospitalist program in the U.S. His 450-plus 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 is the lead editor of the renowned Cecil Textbook of Medicine, which was renamed Goldman-Cecil Medicine. His most recent book, Too Much of a Good Thing: How Four Key Survival Traits Are Now Killing Us, was published in 2015.

Updated August 2016