David Golan

David Golan

Co-Chair
Dean of Research Operations and Global Programs, Harvard Medical School
Golan
David E. Golan, MD, PhD, became dean for basic science and graduate education at Harvard Medical School in 2014, after serving as dean for graduate education since 2008. He is a professor in the HMS Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, where his laboratory applies biophysical and cell-imaging methods to the study of membrane proteins in blood cells. He is also the HMS George R. Minot Professor of Medicine and senior physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he sees patients as a practicing hematologist and clinician-teacher.
Golan founded the core course in pharmacology in the New Pathway curriculum at HMS and directed it from 1989 to 2006. He currently co-directs a translational pharmacology course in the Therapeutics Graduate Program, the Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine Graduate Program, and the Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation Program at HMS. The curriculum is guided by the principle that drug mechanisms are best understood in the context of the physiological, biochemical, and pathophysiological pathways on which the drugs act. By translating this principle into his course design, Golan has provided thousands of Harvard students with a foundation for lifelong learning in pharmacology and therapeutics.
Golan is editor-in-chief of Principles of Pharmacology: The Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy, 1st Edition (2005), 2nd Edition (2008), 3rd Edition (2011) and 4th Edition (2016) and co-editor of the Principles of Pharmacology Workbook (2008); both texts are authored with the same guiding principle as the HMS pharmacology courses. The 3rd Edition of Principles of Pharmacology was awarded first prize in pharmacology in the British Medical Association Medical Book Award competition (2012), and the 4th Edition was awarded highly commended in medicine in the same competition (2017).
In his role as dean for basic science and graduate education, Golan advises and assists the dean of the faculty of medicine on the articulation, design, and implementation of a strategic vision for HMS’s basic and social science enterprise, including cross-departmental, cross-School, and cross-institutional initiatives and collaborations.
Golan also oversees the PhD and Master’s programs at HMS, and he works closely with the dean for medical education to oversee the MD-PhD and HST programs. He is the founding director of the program in graduate education, which brings together leaders of graduate education at HMS, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He also chairs the FAS graduate curricular committee on higher degrees in medical sciences; directs the Harvard Therapeutics Graduate Program; and coordinates the design, development, implementation, and oversight of the master's degree programs at HMS.
Golan is one of three directors of the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC), a life-sciences accelerator funded by the National Institutes of Health and 14 Boston-area member institutions to increase the return on investment in research. The mission of B-BIC is to speed the translation of research technologies into products for doctors and their patients, for the good of society. B-BIC’s member institutions are a consortium of academic medical centers in Boston including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Golan also serves as special advisor to the dean on global programs at HMS. In this role, he works with HMS and Harvard University in strategizing and designing the School's global education programs and research collaborations. 
Golan earned his AB summa cum laude in Chemistry from Harvard College (1975), MD from Yale Medical School (1979), and PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University (1982). He trained in Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and in Internal Medicine and Hematology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has held academic appointments in Medicine and Pharmacology (now Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology) at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 1983. Golan’s honors include the Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health, the AOA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching and nine Student Awards for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard Medical School. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.