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Richard L. Goldstein ’70M (MD)

Richard L. GoldsteinDr. Richard Goldstein is a prominent internist from Boston, Massachusetts. Medical accomplishments run in the Goldstein family, as his wife, Dr. Babette-Ann Stanton Goldstein was the associate professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, and chairman of Behavior Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. The couple was married for 37 wonderful years before her unfortunate passing in 2010.

He earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1964 and his master’s degree as a Newhouse Scholar from Stanford University in 1968. Dr. Goldstein received his medical degree with Distinction in Research from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1970. From 1970 to 1971, he served as an intern at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York before residencies at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis from 1973 to 1974, and at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1974 to 1975. Dr. Goldstein also completed clinical fellowships at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General in 1976.

Beloved in the Boston area, Dr. Goldstein began his illustrious career in 1976 as a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He held the positions of clinical assistant in medicine and assistant in medicine at Massachusetts General from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, he began a 15-year tenure at New England Deaconess Hospital serving as an associate in medicine, as physician, and as medical director. In 1996, Dr. Goldstein accepted the medical director position in the Transitional Care Unit at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital. While on the Transitional Care Unit, Goldstein taught residents in their geriatrics elective.

Dr. Goldstein has been a member of several organizations including the American Economic Association, the American Society of Internal Medicine, and the American Federation for Clinical Research. He served as a journal reviewer for Health & Society from 1978 to 1981, and Medical Care from 1981 to 1983. However, his work as a medical consultant for the German consulate in Boston might be his most impactful. Dr. Goldstein worked with Nazi concentration camp survivors to document their symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome so they could receive additional medical support and restitution.

A proud supporter of the University of Rochester, Dr. Goldstein’s generosity is testament to himself and his family. In 2017, he endowed the Louis A. Goldstein Distinguished Professorship in Spinal Surgery, in honor of his father, Dr. Louis A. Goldstein ’32M (MD), ’37M (Res), who was a pioneer in the understanding of spinal deformities and orthopaedic surgery. That same year, he also funded the Mildred Messinger Goldstein Fund, in honor of his mother, to provide support to the Eastman Community Music School.

Dr. Goldstein currently lives in Boston and enjoys time at his seasonal residence in Woods Hole on Cape Cod.