Faculty Profile: Robert Goldberg

Robert Goldberg
Adjunct Professor of Community Health
Community Health
Dr. Robert Goldberg has been actively involved in community-based studies of the natural history and primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, heart failure, and deep venous thrombosis for approximately 2 decades.

(Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Research; Preventive Cardiology and Cardiovascular Epidemiology.)

Research Description

Dr. Robert Goldberg has been actively involved in community-based studies of the natural history and primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, heart failure, and deep venous thrombosis for approximately 2 decades. In collaboration with clinical and epidemiological investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Goldberg established the Worcester Heart Attack Study in the early 1980's. Through the current period of funding, the investigators are examining nearly 3 decade long trends (1975–2003) in the incidence rates, in–hospital and long–term survival, and therapeutic approaches used in the management of more than 13,000 greater Worcester (MA) residents with acute myocardial infarction admitted to all hospitals in the Worcester metropolitan area. Dr. Goldberg presently serves as the Co-PI on a population-based surveillance project that is examining changing trends in the incidence, hospital, and long-term case-fatality rates of in and outpatients with venous thromboembolism among residents of the Worcester metropolitan area. Dr. Goldberg is also receiving funding support from the NHLBI to develop community-wide surveillance for heart failure in greater Worcester residents. Dr. Goldberg serves as the senior epidemiologist for the Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events Project. This is a large multinational coronary disease registry examining differences in the management practices, hospital, and post-discharge outcomes of more than 50,000 patients hospitalized in 14 countries with an acute coronary syndrome. Dr. Goldberg has been actively involved for the past 20 years in teaching basic and advanced concepts in epidemiology and study design, as well as in scientific and grant writing, to graduate students in public health, medical students, and post doctoral fellows and junior faculty involved in clinical and public health research. Dr. Goldberg lectured for several years at the 10 day Lake Tahoe seminar series in cardiovascular epidemiology sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Grants and Awards

Fellow, Council of Epidemiology, American Heart Association
Fellow, American College of Epidemiology

Affiliations

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Epidemiology and Prevention
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Public Health Association
Society for Epidemiologic Research
International Epidemiological Association

EDITORIAL BOARDS
Deputy Editor, Archives of Internal Medicine, 1985-1988
Associate Editor, Archives of Internal Medicine, 1988-2003
Editorial Board, Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004-Present
Associate Editor, American Journal of Epidemiology, 1991-1996
Editorial Board, Cardiology, 1991-Present
Editorial Board, The Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, 1993-Present

JOURNAL REVIEWER
American Journal of Epidemiology
American Journal of Public Health
Journal of the American Medical Association
Archives of Internal Medicine
American Heart Journal
Journal of The American College of Cardiology
American Journal of Cardiology
Circulation
Chest
American Journal of Health Promotion

Funded Research

ACTIVE

R01 HL35434 (PI: Goldberg) 10/1/2001 to 3/30/2006
National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
(NIH/NHLBI)
"Worcester Heart Attack Community Surveillance"
The major goals of this large observational study are to examine temporal trends (1975-2003) in the incidence rates, in-hospital and long-term survival rates of patients hospitalized with validated acute myocardial infarction in all metropolitan Worcester hospitals.
Role: Principal Investigator (P.I.)

R37 HL69874 (PI: Goldberg) 4/1/2002 to 9/31/2006
NIH/NHLBI
"Monitoring Community Trends in Heart Failure"
The major goals of this project are to examine temporal trends (1995-2000) in the incidence rates of heart failure, its therapeutic management, and changes over time in the hospital and long-term survival of patients with heart failure from a multi-hospital population-based perspective in residents of the Worcester (MA) metropolitan area.
Role: P.I.

R01 ES11636 (PI: Schwartz) 12/1/2002 to 11/30/2007
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
"Heart Attacks and Traffic Pollution"
The primary goal of this project is to examine the association between long-term exposure to airborne particles from traffic to the incidence of acute myocardial infarction.
Role: Co-Investigator and site P.I.

R01 HL070283-01A1 (PI: Spencer) 4/1/2003 to 9/30/2007
NIH/NHLBI
"Monitoring Trends in Venous Thromboembolism"
The primary goal of this project is to establish population-based surveillance for venous thromboembolism in greater Worcester (MA) residents.
Role: Co-Investigator