Dr. Elliot Goldstein, former UC Davis infectious diseases ...
NEWS | April 10, 2014

Dr. Elliot Goldstein, former UC Davis infectious diseases chief, dies at 79


Dr. Elliot Goldstein, professor emeritus and former chief of the UC Davis Division of Infectious Diseases, died on March 31, in Woodland.

Dr. Goldstein was born in New York on Dec. 29, 1934, the eldest son of Joseph and Frieda Goldstein. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1956 and his medical degree from Cornell Medical College in 1960.

Dr. Goldstein trained at UC San Francisco; Bellevue Hospital, Columbia Division; and Channing Laboratories, Harvard University. He was an instructor at Harvard; a professor and chief of infectious disease at UC Davis; and professor and director of infectious disease at Kansas University Medical College. He was twice selected as a Fulbright research scholar to the Netherlands and lectured around the world.

Dr. Goldstein's strong sense of dedication compelled him to volunteer to serve American soldiers serving in Vietnam. He was a major in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam and at Fort Devens, Mass.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Susan; children Fred (Laura), Floyd (Tammie), Barbara, Brian (Yael) and Cheryl (Justin Pertman); grandchildren Morgan, Connor, Jacob, Malkam, Kaleb, Scott, Sam, Hannah and Hayden; step-granddaughters Adina Robinson (Steve) and Elizabeth Jernigan (Shawn); seven step-great-grandchildren; brother William Goldstein (Chris Archuleta); and sister in-law Sondra Taylor (Al).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends and former colleagues make charitable donations in Dr. Goldstein's memory to the Susan and Elliot Goldstein Scholarship, Weill Cornell Medical College, Office of Alumni Relations, 1300 York Avenue, Box 61, New York, NY 10065, or a charity of their choice.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at medschool.ucdavis.edu.