Columbia University Irving Medical Center chief stepping down next year

Lee Goldman, MD, chief executive of New York City-based Columbia University Irving Medical Center, will leave the role after 14 years, effective June 30, 2020.

He will also step down as dean of the faculties of Health Science and Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center June 30, 2020.

In a letter to staff, faculty and students, Dr. Goldman said his decision to leave the administrative roles is "driven by both personal and professional reasons."

"By a year from now, I will be 72 and have spent nearly 20 percent of my life as dean here," he said. "As deeply satisfying as that experience has been for me, it will be time for me to come full circle and refocus on the intellectual priorities that first led me to a career in academic medicine."

Dr. Goldman cited some of the medical center's biggest achievements of his tenure, including garnering $2.5 billion in philanthropic donations and creating an Institute for Genomic Medicine and capital projects, such as the new building for the nursing school and the Vagelos Education Center.

Before joining Columbia in 2006, Dr. Goldman was the Julius R. Krevans distinguished professor, chair of the department of medicine and associate dean for clinical affairs of the school of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco.

A cardiologist, Dr. Goldman also has a master's degree in public health from New Haven, Conn.-based Yale University.

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