Assistant Administrator, Office of Public Health Science (OPHS)
Dr. David Goldman was appointed in November 2004 as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS) at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and serves as the Acting Chief Medical Officer for the Department. He was formerly Director of the Human Health Sciences Division at FSIS, joining the agency in 2002. He is a family practice and preventive medicine/public health physician, and a member of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS).
Dr. Goldman oversees the OPHS, which provides expert scientific analysis, advice, and recommendations on all matters involving public health and science that are of concern to FSIS. During his time in OPHS, Dr. Goldman has led the creation and implementation of a comprehensive scientific agenda that focuses on the Agency’s most significant needs, including updating the National Residue Program, analyzing environmental contaminants, developing a plan to meet the Healthy People 2020 goals for Salmonella illness reduction, and communicating scientific measures to mitigate the risk of Listeria contamination at retail. He is the Agency’s point person during foodborne illness outbreaks, collaborating and coordinating with other public health leaders throughout government to support a swift and effective response. The FSIS labs are also under his purview.
Among his other duties, Dr. Goldman is a co-lead for USDA’s participation in the One Health initiative, a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of diseases for humans, animals and the environment. One Health seeks to advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, and expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base for zoonoses.
In August of 2013, the USPHS named Dr. Goldman as its new Chief Professional Officer for the medical category. In this capacity, Dr. Goldman serves as the primary point of contact between the Office of the Surgeon General and the 800+ physicians in the PHS. Since 2005, Dr. Goldman has served as the Surgeon General’s Policy Advisory Committee representative for USDA to represent any needs of FSIS to HHS with respect to 22 officers detailed here.
Dr. Goldman spent 10 years in the US Army Medical Corps in both family practice and preventive medicine. He then spent 3 ½ years at the Virginia Department of Health, first as a District Health Director, then briefly as the Deputy State Epidemiologist, before joining the Public Health Service. He is board-certified in both Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine/Public Health and continues to see patients 1 day per month at a free clinic in Virginia.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1979, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Virginia in 1988, and his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 1996.