Dr. Lewis Goldfrank


Herbert W. Adams Professor of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at the NYU-Langone Health Center and Bellevue Hospital Center.

Lewis R. Goldfrank has worked at Bellevue Hospital Center and the NYU-Langone Health Center for the last 40 years.  He is currently the Herbert W. Adams Professor of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU-Langone Health Centre and Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Goldfrank is one of the pioneers of emergency medicine in the United States and his efforts have led to the development of NYU’s Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology residencies. He has trained hundreds of young doctors and his influence is felt throughout the field of medicine. 

Dr Goldfrank's entire career has been spent working in the public hospitals of New York City, particularly Bellevue Hospital, emphasizing the role of Emergency Medicine in improving access to care and public health.  Dr. Goldfrank has tirelessly worked to influence public policy to provide quality healthcare for underserved populations.  He has been a passionate advocate for medical humanism, emphasizing the importance of treating all patients with sensitivity and dignity.  In addition to his many accomplishments, Dr. Goldfrank still regularly takes shifts at the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department continuing to teach young doctors through his skills and his manifest humanity about what it means to be a doctor whose practice reflects the highest ideals of the profession.

Dr. Goldfrank has served as the Chairman of the American Board of Emergency Medicine’s Subboard on Medical Toxicology, the American Board of Medical Toxicology and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.  He is senior editor of Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies, a standard text in medical toxicology, now in its eleventh edition published in 2019. 

His investigations in preparedness include developing and leading a consortium on preparedness with the NYC Department of Health, leading the New York University School of Medicine Consortium on Preparedness and being the principal investigator for an ASPR evaluation of the NYU response to Hurricane Sandy. Dr. Goldfrank is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and chaired numerous IOM Committees. He has had national and international leadership roles in global health, public health and preparedness for catastrophic events.

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