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Vice Chancellor Biography

goldstein-2020.jpgVice Chancellor Steve Goldstein, MD, PhD, leads UCI Health Affairs, comprised of UCI Health and the Schools, Centers and Institutes in Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences. He brings more than 30 years of experience in health sciences research, medical education, and higher education administration, which includes serving at Harvard, Yale, University of Chicago, and Brandeis.

Prior to joining UCI in February 2019, Dr. Goldstein served as dean and chief diversity officer of the Stritch School of Medicine and member of the board of Loyola University Health System. At the University of Chicago from 2004 to 2011, Dr. Goldstein was a professor of pediatrics, molecular medicine, neurobiology, and pharmacogenomics and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, founding physician-in-chief of the Comer Children’s Hospital, founding director of the Institute of Molecular Pediatric Science and founding co-PI of the CTSA-Institute of Translational Medicine. At Brandeis, he was University Professor of biochemistry and served as senior vice president and university provost.

Dr. Goldstein holds a Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) from Harvard University. A cardiologist and an investigator, his research interest is how ion channels function in health and disease. Dr. Goldstein’s research has identified genetic and mechanistic bases for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in African Americans, inherited and drug-induced cardiac arrhythmias, skeletal muscle disorders, and ischemic stroke and discovered two gene families for potassium channels and a novel regulatory pathway for excitable membrane proteins. His work has advanced methods in interventional cardiology and produced diagnostic tests and techniques for translational investigations including real-time, single molecule spectroscopy and the creation of de novo neuropeptides based on natural products that target orphan receptors to treat disease. Dr. Goldstein was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, for his neuroscience research contributions to the basic understanding of ion channels and their function, and for striving to create structural support and integration for biomedical science education and training. Also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Goldstein received the prestigious E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society of Pediatrics in 2001 for his research contributions. He has served as a scientific advisor to the National Institutes of Health for Nanomedicine and vice chair of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences.