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Mary Goldstein, M.D., M.S.
Mary Goldstein, M.D., M.S.
Stanford University
VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA

Research Interests: Chronic Conditions, Clinical Decision, Geriatrics, Health Care Informatics, Quality Measurement

Dr. Mary K. Goldstein is Director of the Palo Alto Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and a core faculty member of the Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care & Outcomes Research (CHP/PCOR) at Stanford University, where she is professor of medicine and professor, by courtesy, of health research and policy. She directs the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Geriatrics, and serves as associate director for the VA Advanced Fellowship in Medical Informatics and as advisory faculty for the VA fellowship in health services research, all at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Goldstein conducts health services research (HSR) involving health information technology for quality improvement (QI) and patient safety. This includes developing, implementing, and evaluating clinical decision support (CDS) for improved clinical care (ATHENA-CDS project); developing automated systems for computing heart failure performance measures from electronic health record data; using informatics tools to explore complex co-morbidity, and applying natural language processing to extract data for these from free-text in the electronic health record. She is interested in programs that place the patient at the center of clinical care. Dr. Goldstein has received a number of honors and awards including the Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. She chairs the Steering Committee for the VHA HSR&D Veterans Information Resource Center (VIReC). She is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, and an emerita of the Society's board of directors. She received a BA in philosophy and an MD, both from Columbia University, and completed her residency at Duke University Medical Center. At the Stanford University School of Medicine she completed an AHRQ-funded fellowship and an MS in health services research.

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