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Mary K. Goldstein

Mary K. Goldstein, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy
Senior Investigator at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System
CHP/PCOR Core Faculty Member

VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Geriatrics Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) 182-B
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Stanford University
117 Encina Commons
Stanford, CA 94305-6019

(650) 858-3933 (voice)
(650) 496-2505 (fax)

Research Interests

development, implementation, and evaluation of quality improvement strategies in primary care; medical informatics; quality of life (health preference/utility) assessment for older adults


Mary K. Goldstein is a CHP/PCOR core faculty member and the Director of the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Goldstein is professor of medicine (PCOR) in the medical center line and professor, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy at Stanford. 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.

Stanford Affiliations

Health Research and Policy

Other Affiliations

Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Palo Alto Health Care System