Melissa M. Goldstein, JD
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University
Melissa M. Goldstein, JD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, where she teaches courses in bioethics (including genomics, privacy, reproductive ethics, end-of-life, and research ethics issues), health information technology policy, and public health law and conducts research on health information privacy and the legal and policy aspects of health information technology. Professor Goldstein serves as a member of GW’s IRB, the GWU hospital ethics committee, and the GWU living donor advocacy committee, and speaks frequently on issues in bioethics, health policy, research ethics, health information privacy, and health information technology. Professor Goldstein’s recent research and writings have focused on privacy and security issues in health information exchange and the use of big data, as well as the effects of health information technology on the physician-patient relationship and patient engagement. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Professor Goldstein served as a senior advisor to the Chief Privacy Officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2015-2016, Professor Goldstein served in a one-year IPA appointment as the Assistant Director for Bioethics and Privacy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
A native of Florence, Alabama, Professor Goldstein graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia, received her law degree from Yale Law School, and completed two federal judicial clerkships and a post-doctoral fellowship in bioethics and health policy at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. Professor Goldstein has recently addressed audiences including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics (ASLME) Health Law Professors Conference; and the Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP) to the UN Global Environment Facility (GEF). In addition, Professor Goldstein currently serves as an advisory board member of the Susan G. Komen Big Data for Patients (BD4P) Planning and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). She was appointed to NCVHS in 2020 and serves on the Subcommittee on Privacy, Confidentiality and Security.