Medicine Grand Rounds - Dr. Lynn R. Goldman

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Lynn R. Goldman, MD

Lynn R. Goldman, a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She is a renowned expert in pediatric environmental health and chemicals policy. As such she has contributed academic scholarship that has helped to shape this field of study. She also has engaged in translating research to policy through writing policy analyses and via Congressional testimony in service of successful efforts by Congress to achieve passage of reforms both to federal pesticide law (the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act) and federal chemicals law (the 2016 Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century).

She was previously Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health (1999-2010); Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she directed the Office of Chemical Safety and Prevention (1993 – 1998); and Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (as well as other positions) at the California Department of Public Health. 

She completed a BS and MS from UC Berkeley, an MD from UC San Francisco; an MPH from Johns Hopkins University; and pediatric residency training at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and received the NAM Walsh McDermott Award for service to the academy. She a recipient of the Heinz Award for Global Environmental Change and the American Public Health Association Environment Section’s Homer M. Calver Award.  She has received alumna awards from Hopkins (Woodrow Wilson Award for Excellence in Government and Society of Scholars); UCSF (150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award); and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health (Alumna of the Year and its Influential Alumni Award).  Currently, she serves on both the NAM Council and the National Academy of Sciences Governing Board; the Environmental Defense Fund Board of Trustees; the Advisory Committee to the Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the chair of the NIH Advisory Committee for the ECHO Study; chair-elect of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and member of the NIH National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

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