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Goldstein Receives 2010 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement

Mary K. Goldstein, M.D., M.S.Mary K. Goldstein, M.D., M.S., has received this year's prestigious Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research. The award recognizes a VA researcher whose work has met three key criteria: improved our understanding of factors that affect the health of Veterans and improved the quality of their care, contributed to the future of VA health services research by inspiring and training the next generation of investigators, and enhanced the visibility of VA research through national recognition within the research community.

For more than 18 years as a VA health services researcher, Dr. Goldstein has brought scientific distinction to the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System through her contributions to health services research, and has clearly exemplified the three major criteria for this award. Dr. Goldstein serves as Director of the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Dr. Goldstein's research focuses on functional status in geriatrics, hypertension management, application of clinical guidelines and guidelines compliance, and automated clinical decision support systems. Her work in health informatics is known nationally and internationally. Throughout her career, Dr. Goldstein has shared her expertise and experience by actively mentoring VA researchers and clinicians. Over the years, she has generated more than 100 publications, including journal articles and book chapters, in the areas of hypertension, geriatrics, decision-making, and decision support.

Robert A. Petzel, M.D., Under Secretary for Health, presented the award to Dr. Goldstein at the VA Research Week Forum in Washington, D.C. in April.