Robert Goldberg, DO
Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine
Dr. Goldberg has been active in medical education and health policy throughout his career. A past president of the State Medical Society, he served as the chair of the MSSNY Delegation to the AMA until his election in 2017 to the Council on Medical Education (re-elected June 2021). His experience in medical education is vast. He served on the faculties of four medical schools now as Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Human Performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. He completed ten years at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) eight years as the Dean and Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Health Policy. He was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Foundation and the NAACP’s Roy Wilkins’ Outstanding Service Award for work to increase minority medical student enrollment.
Dr. Goldberg has experience in many phases of the operation of a medical school, having been the chief academic officer for TouroCOM. His work includes curriculum development, budget construction, faculty recruitment, facilities, student relations, medical research, campus oversight, strategic planning, fund raising, acquisition of and development of quality clinical affiliations, and achieved success at establishing a remote clinical campus for New York Medical College for the training of future MD, DO, PT, PA, Speech Pathology and Social Work candidates. While at TouroCOM, with the help of our clinical affiliates and Maurizio Miglietta, DO, established over 200 ACGME approved graduate medical education positions distributed among several residency programs including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Radiology, Surgery, Psychiatry as well as a few fellowships. At TouroCOM with the assistance of Arthur Prancan, PhD. they reconstructed the curriculum content and delivery processes creating a “Dynamic Flipped classroom.” The model proved to be a success, and the first-time pass rate on the NBOME examination exceeded 98%.
He served on many national medical associations and boards, including but not limited to, a Board position on American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, four appointment terms to the Bureau of Federal Health Plans of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), past president of the American Osteopathic College of Rehabilitation Medicine, and presently serving on the Council on Medical Education for the American Medical Association (CME).
As a member of the CME, his accomplishments with the Council work to better medical education. Critical accomplishments of his work on the councils are highlighted by:
- ensuring the safety of clinical clerkships for students during COVID;
- studying the impact of private equity on medical education and hospital functions;
- establishing principles and delivering recommendations for the protection of residents in the wake of hospital closings;
- analyzing the sources of medical student debt and the influence such debt has on residency selection choice;
- speaking nationally and publishing on the threats to US medical students by the onslaught of proprietary for-profit offshore medical schools and influence on graduate medical education resident selections; and
- refining the core curriculum for undergraduate medical education to enhance competencies for future physicians.
A graduate of Rutgers College, Dr. Goldberg earned his DO degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served his internship. He trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York City, where he served as senior attending physician in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Rehabilitation Medicine, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Dr. Robert B. Goldberg, recently joined the faculty of the Institute for Family Health at the Icahn School of Medicine. He has over twenty-five years of experience in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is an expert in physical medicine & rehabilitation, and has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in New York by New York Magazine, and has been listed in How to find the Best Doctors in New York Metro Area by Castle, Connolly Medical LTD. He is a physician educator and has lectured locally and nationally on topics of interest to physicians who treat injuries, painful conditions of the muscles, spine, joints and physical disability.
He is the recipient of many honors and awards and has received citations from Governors Pataki, Spitzer, and Paterson acknowledging his dedication to the advancement of medicine and the improvement of healthcare for all peoples. Dr. Goldberg was awarded the Charles D. Sherman, MD award by the Medical Student Section for his work with medical students throughout the state.
- Mount Sinai Beth Israel