Touro College Announces Dr. Robert Goldberg, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as New Dean of Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM)

Date: July 07, 2008
Dr. Robert Goldberg, new dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Robert Goldberg, new dean at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Goldberg Replaces Dr. Martin Diamond, the School's Founding Dean.

New York, N.Y. - Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College, today announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Goldberg as the new dean of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TOUROCOM). Dr. Goldberg is professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and had previously served as the School's first associate dean for community medical affairs and advocacy. He replaces Dr. Martin Diamond, the School's founding dean, who will become dean emeritus.

When opened in Harlem in September 2007, TOUROCOM was the first new medical school in New York State in nearly 30 years and the first osteopathic college of medicine with a special emphasis on training minority doctors. Its mission is to improve medical care in the Harlem community and to increase the number of minorities practicing medicine. Most clinical training takes place in Harlem and other underserved areas.

To help achieve its goals and prepare students in the local community to enter the medical school, TOUROCOM recently launched a master's in interdisciplinary studies. Students in the master's program take courses at TOURCOM to prepare for admittance the following year.

"I am delighted that Dr. Goldberg will assume the position of dean of TOUROCOM," said Dr. Lander. "Dr. Goldberg possesses an incredible enthusiasm for medicine and teaching, which will undoubtedly benefit our students. He works tirelessly to remind students of the altruistic reasons they entered medicine from the start, and to provide them with the tools to put their skills into practice when caring for underserved communities. In addition, I want to thank Dean Diamond, who helped to found TOUROCOM and set it on a path to success."

Said Dr. Goldberg: "Everyone should live their dream. I am thrilled to be the new dean of TOUROCOM, and am committed to our mission to address, head on, glaring problems of health care disparity, and to correct the imbalance of underrepresented minorities within the halls of medicine."

Dr. Goldberg previously held appointments as clinical associate professor of rehabilitation medicine at the New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y., and served as chairman and professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

In 2007 he was elected president of the Medical Society of the State of New York, where he now serves as immediate past-president. He also serves as the co-chairman of the Carrier Advisory Committee for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, having been a representative to the committee since its inception in 1993. He has chaired the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation's Professional Medical Practice Committee, as well as the Council of State Society Presidents. He has been president of both the American Osteopathic Association's College of Rehabilitation and the New York County Medical Society, and chaired the latter's board of trustees. He served as chairman of the Managed Care Task Force for the New York County Medical Society, which was responsible for the first of a series of successful litigations to ensure access for patients throughout the New York region.

Dr. Goldberg earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and his bachelor's degree from Rutgers College. He completed his residency training at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in Manhattan, and serves as senior attending physician in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Goldberg is certified by the following boards: American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Dr. Goldberg has been listed as one of the best physicians in his field in both New York Magazine and Castle Connolly's How to Find the Best Doctors in New York Metro Area. In April 2008, he received a citation from Governor David Paterson acknowledging his dedication to the advancement of medicine and the improvement of healthcare for all peoples.

Located in a renovated 100,000 sq. ft. building at 230 W. 125th St. across from the Apollo Theater, TOUROCOM boasts state-of-the-art medical education and laboratory facilities, including amphitheatre lecture halls, classrooms, offices, and facilities for clinical skills training and support.

The degree offered at TOUROCOM is doctor of osteopathic medicine, DO. Like MDs, DOs complete four years of basic medical education and pass comparable licensing exams. Osteopathic medical schools encourage their graduates to become primary care physicians; however approximately 40 percent take their post graduate training in various specialties of medicine and surgery. DO's receive additional training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), which gives them a diagnostic and therapeutic advantage in providing the most comprehensive care.