Edward Goldman, J.D.

Edward Goldman
Adjunct Associate Professor
Medical SchoolObstetrics and Gynecology


Professor Goldman’s research interests lie at the intersection of law, public policy, and medicine. His expertise includes law and policy involving genetics and stem cell research, reproductive justice, medical ethics, and sexual rights. He has written on a number of topics in the healthcare field, including refusing treatment, informed consent for breast cancer therapy, consenting to blood transfusion, medico-legal issues in pulmonary medicine, the law of emergency care in neonatal emergencies, newborn screening, embryonic stem cells, and privacy issues. He currently serves as chair of an American College of Medical Genetics Ethics Committee and holds a U-M appointment as a faculty ethicist for Michigan Medicine.

  • J.D., University of Michigan
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Michigan

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What are you thinking about?

I am thinking about reproductive justice and what it means for the health care of women. I am also thinking about how academia can best work with advocates to move reproductive justice forward.

Why is this interesting to you?

Reproductive justice interests me because I believe women are not treated equally in the U.S. or around the world. I want to study, write, and teach about this issue to get the next generation excited to make positive changes. Bringing advocacy and academia together interests me because it is a way to help make positive changes and a way to better understand how each group does its work and how they can cooperate.

What are the practical implications for healthcare?

There are many, and for myself, it’s about giving women the primary role in making decisions about pregnancy and their health care. It’s also about allowing women to think more critically about informed choices, what it really means in health care delivery, and making those choices primary for them (i.e. ahead of State concerns about the fetus and private concerns about contraception, abortion, and embryos).

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