Matt Goldstein found a job that he felt was written exactly for him. That position is the new director of Health Services at Towson University.
Goldstein is taking over the role held for the past 31 years by Jane Halpern, who retired earlier this year.
When the position opened, Goldstein considered not applying. His reason? The job description fit him so perfectly, he assumed it was being reserved for an internal candidate.
“The description mirrored me and exactly what I do,” Goldstein said. “I didn’t know there was any other person like me, it must be for an internal candidate. So I originally thought I wasn’t going to waste my time.”
Goldstein’s path to health care has been atypical.
He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UMBC while gaining a dual degree in Talmudic law in a joint program with Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He then entered the physician assistant program at George Washington University.
While working as a PA, he received his doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University, where he also teaches an online class in health care and informatics.
“This is kind of like my thing,” Goldstein explains. “I have the community and health care promotion component, the business component and the clinical component. This position really fits who I am.”
Before accepting the position at Towson, Goldstein has held different positions at MedStar Good Samaritan for the past 17 years.
He began as a PA in the cardiology area while also moonlighting in the emergency room. Eventually, he became chief of Preventive Medicine and Wellness and the director of the Good Health Center, which included clinical areas and wellness areas, an infusion center, a congestion heart failure clinic, diabetes education, cardiac rehab and an outreach program for the community about health promotion.
His new position at Towson has him working in a similar environment — but without the problems facing modern health care.
“It’s re-energizing to see a whole new building and a commitment from the university,” Goldstein enthuses. “I also get the excitement of doing all the fun parts of health care and wellness without the denials and people not being able to get insurance and afford insurance and cutting costs on things you can provide to people.
“It’s truly an exciting opportunity for me.”