David Goldman has been a leader in regulatory public health over the past 20 years, having served at the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) from 2002 until 2019, and at FDA’s Office of Food Policy and Response from 2019 until 2022. During those assignments, Dr. Goldman was in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), and recently retired as Assistant Surgeon General, at the rank of Rear Admiral.
As Chief Medical Officer at the FDA Office of Food Policy and Response, Dr. Goldman provided medical and scientific leadership to the foods program. He was a key leader in helping the agency respond to foodborne outbreaks and food recalls.
Prior to joining FDA, Dr. Goldman served in several leadership roles at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), including as Chief Medical Officer, responsible for occupational health issues related to chemical and biological exposures. From 2004-2018, he also served as Assistant Administrator for FSIS’s Office of Public Health Science, which led outbreak investigations, provided the scientific foundation for FSIS policies, and executed a national sampling program of meat and poultry products. He also served as the FSIS Acting Administrator from January 2007 to July 2007.
Dr. Goldman spent 10 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, practicing both family medicine and preventive medicine. He then spent 3 ½ years at the Virginia Department of Health, as a District Health Director, then briefly as the Deputy State Epidemiologist, before joining the PHS.
He received his BA from the University of Virginia, his MD from the University of Virginia, and his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. He is a board-certified preventive medicine/public health physician.