UCSF's Lee Goldman Named Dean at Columbia; King to Serve As Interim Chair

Lee Goldman, Talmadge King

Lee Goldman, chair of the Department of Medicine since 1995, will be leaving UCSF to become Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences at Columbia University Medical Center and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons, effective in late June. Vice Chair of Medicine Talmadge King, who has been serving as interim chair during Goldman's sabbatical, will continue as interim chair both during the remainder of Goldman's sabbatical and until a new chair is appointed. The announcement on April 10 in New York cites Goldman's long record of achievements in applying clinical research to improving patient care and his accomplishments leading UCSF's Department of Medicine. "He has proven himself an extraordinary leader in the world of academic medicine at two of Columbia's greatest peer institutions, ably bringing together the highest quality medical care for patients, path-breaking research, a commitment to the wider community, as well as management skills that are absolutely essential to the success of a large, academic medical complex in the 21st Century," said Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger. UCSF School of Medicine Dean David Kessler said Goldman is well suited for his new appointment. "Although we are sorry to see him go, we are immensely grateful for his many important contributions to UCSF, and wish him great success in his new position at Columbia," said Kessler. In a message to UCSF faculty, Kessler cited some of Goldman's accomplishments in his 11 years as chair of the Department of Medicine. Among them: Its faculty has grown in number from around 325 to 550; The department's NIH funding has tripled, and the department has consistently ranked as No. 1 in NIH grants and contracts among all departments of medicine in the nation; There has been a major reorganization and expansion of both clinical care and teaching. Among the many acknowledgements of the department's excellence is the ranking published last week by U.S. News & World Report, placing UCSF's as No. 2 among all medical schools in the U.S. for internal medicine. At the same time as he led the department as chair, Goldman sustained a productive academic career, demonstrated by more than 180 publications (including nine in the New England Journal of Medicine,) the presidency of the Association of American Physicians and the Association of Professors of Medicine, the editing of a major medical journal and the founding of the first academic hospitalist group. Goldman's research has focused on the costs and effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies, with special emphasis on how the delivery of medical care can be improved based on the results of high-quality clinical research. His books include the Cecil Textbook of Medicine and Hospital Medicine, which was the first text on the hospitalist specialty (physicians with only hospital inpatient practice.) "This is a record of excellence about which we are very proud," said Kessler. "Importantly, the department's accomplishments have been achieved by a team. As chair, Dr. Goldman has developed a strong group of leaders in his vice chairs, associate chairs, division chiefs and administrators. This gives me confidence that the department will continue its record of excellence well into the future." Pediatrics Chair Sam Hawgood will lead the search for Goldman's successor. Links: Columbia University press release UCSF School of Medicine