Steve Goldstein, MD, PhD

Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs
Distinguished Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Distinguished Professor, Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine
Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

As UCI’s vice chancellor for health affairs, Dr. Steve Goldstein not only leads the charge with the Institute for Precision Health, he leads the $2.4 billion UCI Health Affairs enterprise, which encompasses the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences – comprised of the School of Medicine, the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, the planned School of Population & Public Health and the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute – research centers and institutes focused on cancer, clinical translational science, clinical trials, stem cells, and now precision health informatics; and UCI Health, the only academic health system in Orange County, the sixth-largest county in the nation. UCI Health Affairs is transforming education, discovery and patient care to benefit the region, state and nation.

Goldstein holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research has identified families of genes that allow electrical signaling in the heart and brain, the genetic and mechanistic bases for sudden infant death syndrome in Black Americans, inherited and drug-induced cardiac arrhythmias, skeletal muscle disorders and ischemic stroke. An American Academy of Pediatrics fellow, he received the prestigious E. Mead Johnson Award from the Society for Pediatric Research in 2001 and was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2020 for his discoveries and contributions in academic medicine.

During Goldstein’s more than 30 years of experience as a physician-scientist, pediatric cardiologist and academic, he has held key leadership positions at Loyola University Chicago, Brandeis University, the University of Chicago and Yale University.

Goldstein is committed to precision health because he believes it’s important for increasing the quality of care, decreasing the cost of care – by both improving how it’s delivered and matching cost to value – and delivering optimized healthcare to the underserved. He shares UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman’s vision that the only way to advance society is by improving the health of the individual and the community.