Harvey Goldman

Harvey Goldman


Born: 25 May 1932 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Died: 6 April 2009 Boston, Massachusetts

Academic Degrees

  • AB: Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1953
  • MD: Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1957

Academic Positions

  • 1964 - 2009 Instructor, then Associate (1967), Assistant Professor (1969), Associate Professor (1971) and Professor (1976) of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1973 - 1990 Lawrence J. Henderson Associate Professor then Professor (1978) of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1988 - 1993 Faculty Dean for Medical Education, Harvard Medical School
  • 1989 - 1996 Chairman of Pathology at both New England Deaconess Hospital and New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1996 - 2009 Senior Pathologist and Vice Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the newly formed Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • 2002 - 2009 Distinguished Scholar, The Academy at Harvard Medical School


  • Philadelphia General Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Military Service

  • 1962 - 1964 Pathologist, United States Naval Hospital, Great Lakes Illinois

Selected Career Highlights

  • World-renowned Gastrointestinal Pathologist. He was one of the pioneers in advancing the study and interpretation of gastrointestinal mucosal biopsy specimens and correlating the findings with clinical and imaging data. His studies resulted in major contributions in many areas including reflux esophagitis, allergic gastrointestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and Barrett's esophagus.

  • Co-editor (with Dr. Si-Chun Ming) of two editions of a major textbook on GI pathology, Pathology of the Gastrointestinal Tract. His two-part paper on the usefulness of GI mucosal biopsies, published in 1982 in Human Pathology, remains a landmark review that is still widely referenced.

  • Recipient of the first ever Medical Student Award from Harvard Medical Students (1970). As one of the most popular educators at HMS, he received multiple teaching awards from the students between 1970 and 2006, and in 2009 was awarded the Special Faculty Prize for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.

  • He was also a dedicated and beloved teacher of pathology residents and fellows. He was the first staff member at BIDMC to receive the Resident Teaching Award in Anatomic Pathology (2001). And that same year he received the S. Robert Stone Honorary Teaching Award, a yearly prize given to an outstanding clinician-educator at a medical center.

  • Faculty Dean of Medical Education at Harvard (1989-1993). He played an important role in implementing the conversion of the preclinical curriculum from a lecture-based to a small group tutorialbased format (the HMS New Pathway).

  • Founding member of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society (now the Rodger Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society), serving as its President 1982-1983.

  • President, New England Society of Pathologists (1992-1993); Member of the Professional Education Committee and Pathology Workshop Committee of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

  • Member, Editorial Boards including:

    • Modern Pathology
    • Human Pathology
    • The International Journal of Surgical Pathology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Surgical Pathology
  • Chair, USCAP Education Committee (1988-1993); Co-Director of the Long Course in GI Pathology (1988); Record holder for the longest continuous presentation of Short Courses by a single faculty member (1978-1994); Recipient of the F.K.Mostofi Distinguished Service Award (1995) and The Distinguished Pathologist Award (2006).

  • North American Vice President for the International Academy of Pathology (1994-2009).

  • The "Harvey Goldman Master Teacher Award" is presented each year at the USCAP Annual Meeting.

  • He was an avid Boston Red Socks fan and had an incredible sense of humor.


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