2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

October 6, 2015

Sometimes being a pioneer is about being open to the unknown, and allowing life to take you down the path less traveled.  This is how Murray Goldstein, DO, MPH paved the way to success and acceptance for other osteopathic physicians and fostered an environment for scientifically rigorous osteopathic research during his more than 60 year career.

Dr. Goldstein was the first to represent the profession in dozens of important national and international roles and awards, including: the first osteopathic physician to be appointed a commissioned medical officer in the US Public Health Service (USPHS);    the first osteopathic physician to serve as a director of an Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH);the first appointed as an Assistant Surgeon General;; and the first osteopathic medical officer of the World Health Organization.

A New York native, Dr. Goldstein completed a bachelor of arts in biology from New York University in January 1947, after being awarded a Purple Heart in World War II.  He earned his DO Degree in 1950 from the Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine. He stayed in Des Moines for his osteopathic internship and residency, and was planning to stay and teach and practice in the city he grew to love until fate intervened and led him back East.

In 1953, Dr. Goldstein was offered a job as a junior researcher at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.  Even though it was not part of his plan, he resolved to stay two years.  He ended up staying for 40.

Dr. Goldstein became deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke, and then eventually served as Institute Director. He earned a one star rank of Rear Admiral, which was the first time a DO became a star officer in any uniformed service. He then earned a second star under PHS Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop as an Asst. Surgeon General.

Internationally recognized as a leader in research on cerebrovascular disorders and on disorders of the developing brain, Dr. Goldstein established a stroke research program at the NIH.  To learn more about the brain, he became a clinical neurology fellow at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Graduate School in 1967.

Dr. Goldstein also earned his master of public health degree from the University of California School of Public Health at Berkeley, California, and has served in many leadership roles for dozens of international and national educational, scientific, professional and public health organizations.

After he retired from NIH and PHS, Dr. Goldstein was medical director and chief operating officer of the National Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation for ten years.  He continues to teach today and enjoys retirement in Bethesda with his wife Sue, two daughters, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

For his determination to always excel, take the path less traveled and represent the best of the osteopathic profession, it is with great pride that the AOF presents Murray Goldstein, DO, MPH, with its highest honor, the 2015 AOF Lifetime Achievement Award.