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CCDOR Fellows

Elizabeth S. Goldsmith, MD, MS


Dr. Goldsmith is a general internist and social epidemiologist in training, interested in the effects of people’s life experiences and identities on chronic disease prevention, diagnosis, and management. Her current research considers methods of assessing and treating chronic pain, gender and sexual minority health disparities, and quantitative bias analysis in electronic medical record-based studies. She provides primary care to veterans in settings including the Women’s Comprehensive Care Clinic, and is on the Minneapolis team of the VA National Transgender E-Consult Service.

Research Interests:

  • Non-pharmacological approaches to chronic pain management
  • Gender and sexual minority health
  • Rural health
  • Complementary and integrative medicine
  • Quantitative bias analysis 


  • BA, Biology and English Literature, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • MS, Environment and Resources, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  • PhD student (2014-present), Epidemiology, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN 

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Past CCDOR Fellows (last 5 years)

  Fellowship Year(s) Position after CCDOR Website
Helen Valenstein-Mah, PhD 2017-2018 Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Erika Pinsker, PhD, MPH 2016-2018 Research Scientist III, California Tobacco Control Program, California Department of Public Health
Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH 2014-2015

Research Associate, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Mayo Clinic
Elisheva Danan, MD, MPH 2014-2016

Investigator, CCDOR
Assistant Professor, UMN Medical School
Staff Physician, Minneapolis VA

Sarah Lillie, PhD 2013-2016

Research Associate, CCDOR
Brittin Wagner, PhD 2012-2014 Research Associate, UMN