Mary K. Goldstein, M.D., M.S., a member of the National Advisory Committee to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) Physician Faculty Scholars program, is the 2010 recipient of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research.
The award is given to VA researchers for their study of the factors that affect the health of veterans and improve quality of their care, for contributing to the future of VA health services research by inspiring and training the next generation of investigators, and for enhancing the visibility of VA research through national recognition within the research community. It is the highest award for a VA health services researcher.
During Goldstein’s 18 years with the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, she has researched a variety of topics, including functional status among geriatric patients, hypertension management, automated clinical decision-support systems, and the application of and compliance with clinical guidelines. She has also built an international reputation in health informatics.
In addition, Goldstein mentors younger VA researchers and clinicians, and has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.
As part of a collaboration between the VA and RWJF, Goldstein is one of five senior investigators from the VA's Research and Development program who serve on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars national advisory committee, acting as mentors to VA and non-VA Physician Faculty Scholars and participating in the general oversight and direction of the Physician Faculty Scholars program. The Physician Faculty Scholars program is designed to strengthen the leadership and academic productivity of junior medical school faculty who are dedicated to improving health and health care.