Dana Goldman Appointed to Elite Rank of USC Distinguished Professor

Provost Michael Quick announced that President C. L. Max Nikias has appointed Dana Goldman, an internationally recognized health economist, as a Distinguished Professor of the University of Southern California. The designation of Distinguished Professor is reserved for those who have brought special renown to USC and include only 25 faculty university-wide.

In a memo announcing the honor, Quick said of Goldman, “As the founding director of the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, he has molded the USC Schaeffer Center into one of the leading centers in the field of health policy.  With over 100 affiliated faculty and staff, the Center unites scholars and experts from around the world to impact current health policy.”

Goldman holds the Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair at the Schaeffer Center, a partnership between the Price School of Public Policy and the USC School of Pharmacy, where he holds appointments. He is the first Price professor to hold the Distinguished Professor honor and the second at the School of Pharmacy. The Schaeffer Center, the largest research center at both schools, has had significant policy impact both nationally and internationally.

A health policy advisor to the Congressional Budget Office, Goldman also serves on several editorial boards including Health Affairs and the American Journal of Managed Care.  He is the author of more than 200 articles and book chapters on healthcare and is a founding editor of the Forum for Health Economics and Policy.

“At the USC Price School, Dr. Goldman has been a truly transformational faculty member, whose work has raised the influence of our health policy and economics research in the public policy arena,” said Dean Jack Knott. “Under his leadership, the Schaeffer Center has grown into the largest Price School research center in just five years, with a far-reaching impact that stretches nationally and internationally. We are privileged to have such an accomplished scholar advancing our research and guiding our students.”

In 2009, Goldman was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of his professional achievement and commitment to service.  He was also the first recipient of the MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award, which honored his research on defining the value of healthy aging.  Among other awards, he is also a past recipient of the National Institute for Health Care Management Research Foundation Award and the Eugene Garfield Economic Impact Prize.

A sought-after expert by both policy makers and media, Goldman’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, National Public Radio, among others.  Most recently, Goldman has been pivotal in the Schaeffer Center partnership with the Brookings Institution that established the new Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Professor Goldman,” said School of Pharmacy Interim Dean Glen Stimmel. “His work and leadership are making a difference in health policy today which will have far reaching impact. We are honored to include him among our faculty.”

Goldman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford and a B.A. summa cum laude from Cornell University. He joined USC in 2009.