Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Steve A. N. Goldstein, MD, PhD, Appointed Dean of the Stritch School of Medicine

March 17, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We are pleased to announce that Steve A. N. Goldstein, MD, PhD, has been named dean of the Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Goldstein will join Loyola on May 1, 2017.

Dr. Goldstein's background includes more than 30 years of extensive experience in health sciences research, medical education, and higher education administration. He is a renowned physician-investigator, administrator, educator, pediatric cardiologist, and biophysical researcher. His career includes service at Harvard University, Yale University, The University of Chicago, and Brandeis University.

He joins Loyola from Brandeis University, where he currently serves as university professor of biochemistry. From 2011–2014, Dr. Goldstein was also provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. While at The University of Chicago from 2004–2011, he was a professor in many areas including pediatrics, cancer center, computational neuroscience, molecular medicine, neurobiology, and pharmacology and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Goldstein was also director of the Pediatrician-Scientist Training Program, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, founding director of the Institute of Molecular Pediatric Science, founding co-principal investigator and advisor of the Clinical and Translational Science Award–Institute for Translational Medicine, and founding physician-in-chief of the Comer Children's Hospital. From 1993–2004, Dr. Goldstein was on the faculty at Yale University where he rose to full professor and founded the Section of Developmental Biology and Biophysics.

At Brandeis, Dr. Goldstein reorganized operations to improve services and decrease costs and he implemented transparent, mission-based budgeting, allowing for reallocations to academic priorities. These actions produced the first balanced budget in a decade concurrent with a tripling of investment in deferred maintenance, creation of new academic programs, hiring of new faculty, and the construction of new facilities. Dr. Goldstein led the development of the Brandeis strategic plan, spearheaded diversity initiatives, created an innovation center to speed technology transfer, launched a center for teaching and learning, introduced policies yielding the largest applicant pools and highest academic profiles in school history, and directed major new philanthropic initiatives.

Dr. Goldstein holds both a Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology from Harvard University. He received his Master of Arts in Biochemistry from Brandeis University. Dr. Goldstein's research interests include ion channels and how they function in disease and health. His 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. 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. 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 is currently vice chair of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences.

We would like to thank the members of the search committee who efficiently and successfully led this national search. We are especially grateful to Terry R. Light, MD, who not only chaired the search committee, but also has served as interim dean of the Stritch School of Medicine since January 1, 2017. He will continue to lead our medical school until Dr. Goldstein assumes his full-time duties on May 22, 2017 after Commencement.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Light for his continued leadership and welcoming Dr. Goldstein to Loyola.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division