Vice Chancellor Steve Goldstein’s Biography

Vice Chancellor Goldstein
Vice Chancellor Steve Goldstein

As Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs for the University of California, Dr. Steve Goldstein leads a $2.4 billion enterprise encompassing UCI Health, the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences (School of Medicine, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and a planned School of Public and Population Health), and the UCI centers and institutes of health (Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, NCI-designated Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center, and NIH-Institute for Clinical Translational Science, among others).

With over 30 years of experience as a physician-scientist, pediatric cardiologist, and academic administrator, Goldstein focuses on improving the human condition through education, research and care. Previously, Goldstein was dean and chief diversity officer at the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago; provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Brandeis University; chair of pediatrics, founding physician-in-chief of Comer Children’s Hospital and founding director of two research institutes, University of Chicago; and professor and founder of the Section of Developmental Biology and Biophysics, Yale University. Goldstein holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard University. His research has identified families of genes encoding ion channels, the genetic and mechanistic bases for sudden infant death syndrome in African 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 and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2020 for his discoveries and contributions to academic medicine. He has served as a scientific advisor to the National Institutes of Health for Nanomedicine and vice chair of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences. A listing of his published works is available here:

Driven by scientific discovery, clinical innovation, and a deep commitment to providing world-class healthcare, UCI Health serves a region of nearly 3.5 million people as Orange County’s only academic health system and primary tertiary/quaternary care center. UCI Health delivers the most current, top-tier, and compassionate care, while advancing health through innovation in research, and training of the next generation of diverse healthcare providers. UCI has Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, combined Level 1 adult and Level II pediatric trauma center, and has been listed for 20 consecutive years among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, UCI Health was the first academic health system in the world to receive a 5-star rating from the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and has received 14 consecutive ‘A’ safety ratings in The Leapfrog Group’s biannual Hospital Safety Scorecard.

Through the extraordinary generosity of Susan and Henry Samueli, the College of Health Sciences was established as a first-of-its-kind alliance across health disciplines, uniting our top clinicians and researchers and merging their strengths to produce interprofessional education, team-based care and expand new knowledge. This unique model is driven by the mission to Discover, Teach, and Heal, maximizing advances that prevent illness and improve patient care, merging conventional and complementary healthcare, and decreasing cost and inequity.

New centers for research, teaching and clinical excellence now under construction will amplify the impact of the 850 full and part-time physicians and researchers, 6,700 staff, 2,000 bachelor’s and master’s students, 650 medical and doctoral students, and 900 clinical residents and fellows. A $185 million, 72,000-square-foot complex will create new homes for the school of nursing, the college of health sciences, and the integrative health institute. A $1.2 billion medical complex in Irvine will include a 144-bed hospital with 24-hour emergency services; new cancer and ambulatory care centers, outpatient children’s health center; medical and surgical specialty services; and urgent care. The project provides new vendor and partnership opportunities for OC-based businesses, 2,500 new jobs, and an adjacent 202-acre public nature preserve.