Mary K. Goldstein

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Mary K. Goldstein, MD, MS

  • Professor, Health Policy
  • Professor, Medicine (by courtesy)

VA Palo Alto Health Care System Medical Service (111) 3801 Miranda Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94304;

Encina Commons, 615 Crothers Way Room 210, Stanford, CA 94305-6006

(650) 493-5000,,1,,1,62105 (voice)



Mary K. Goldstein is a Professor of Health Policy and a core faculty member at the Department of Health Policy and the Center for Health Policy, and the Director of the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She directs the Primary Care Policy and Practice Advancement program at PCOR, the Stanford/VA Palo Alto Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, and the Special Fellowship Program in Advanced Geriatrics at VA Palo Alto. She also serves as associate director for the Physician Post-Residency Fellowship Program in Health Services Research and Development, and for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Informatics, both at VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Goldstein studies innovative methods of implementing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for quality improvement. She leads the ATHENA Decision Support System project that has developed and implemented an automated clinical decision support system for primary care clinicians, using hypertension as a model, and now extended into several other clinical domains.  Goldstein's research also explores older adults' health preferences (health utility) for application to cost-effectiveness analysis.

Goldstein is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society, and an emerita of the Society's board of directors. Goldstein has received a number of honors and awards including an Advanced Career Development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) program.  She received a BA in philosophy and an MD, both from Columbia University, and completed her residency in family medicine at Duke University Medical Center. At the Stanford School of Medicine she completed an AHRQ-funded fellowship and an MS in health services research.

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Mary Goldstein's CDS System at VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Mary Goldstein, an expert on evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, gets recognition for her work from the 1990s — a knowledge-based clinical decision support (CDS) system still serving the VA Palo Alto Health Care System today.
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