Nathan Goldstein, MD, Named Chair, Department of Medicine

We are pleased to announce that following a national search, Nathan Goldstein, MD, has accepted the role as our next Chair of the Department of Medicine at Dartmouth Health and Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. He will begin work in March 2024, assuming the role previously held by Richard “Rich” Rothstein, MD. He will also hold the Joseph M. Huber Professorship of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.

Dr. Goldstein will have responsibility for the overall strategic direction, clinical operations, and management of the Department of Medicine. In addition, as the Department’s academic leader, he will oversee the contributions of the department in medical education and will lead an expansion of the research enterprise in the department and in collaboration with other institutional leaders.

Dr. Goldstein, who is known as Nate, comes to us from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is Professor and holds the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Chair in Palliative Care. He is the system Vice-Chair for Professional Development, where he oversees initiatives including: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Wellness and Sustainability; and Faculty and Staff Development. He is also the Site Chair for the Department for Mount Sinai Downtown.

Dr. Goldstein is a clinician investigator who has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), and multiple foundations. His work examines patient-physician communication in patients with advanced heart failure as well as novel models to deliver palliative care at home for people with advanced illness.

He has held leadership roles in geriatrics and palliative care throughout Mount Sinai since 2004, including Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Director of Research and Quality, and Chief of the Division of Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Biology from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine for medical school where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his training in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, followed by health services research training in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the Yale University School of Medicine. He then returned to Mount Sinai to complete a clinical geriatrics fellowship, and subsequently joined the faculty. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Goldstein looks forward to working with colleagues from across the institution to enhance the reputation of the Department of Medicine, Dartmouth Health, and Geisel nationally and beyond, to help grow our reputation as an incubator for innovative clinical models, groundbreaking research, and novel education practices that integrate rural healthcare, equity and aging for the benefit of patients and their families.

Please join us in welcoming Nate to Dartmouth Health and Geisel. We thank interim Chair Kathy Kirkland for her ongoing leadership of the department during this time of transition.

Duane Compton, PhD, Dean, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Edward J. Merrens, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Dartmouth Health