Bruce A. Goldberger, PhD, F-ABFT

Bruce A. Goldberger, PhD, F-ABFT
Director, UF Health Forensic Medicine, UF Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
Unit Director: 
UF Health Forensic Medicine
Administrative Contact:
Ricardo Camacho
Assistant Director
352.265.9900 or 352.265.0680, ext. 72217

Bruce A. Goldberger, PhD, F-ABFT, is the director of the UF Health Forensic Medicine and the UF Health Pathology Laboratories Clinical Toxicology Laboratory; is a professor and the chief of the Toxicology Division for the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida; and holds a joint-professorship at the UF Department of Psychiatry Division of Addiction Medicine.

Additionally, Dr. Goldberger is the director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine and the UF Racing Laboratory, as well as the program director for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS). He also performs as the technical and administrative director of the UF Health Pathology Laboratories Forensic Toxicology Laboratory, which provides toxicological services to medical examiner offices and state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state. He is also a fellow of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

In his other roles, Dr. Goldberger is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Analytical Toxicology; the president of the American Board of Forensic Toxicology; and was a past-president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Throughout his career, Dr. Goldberger has performed numerous studies in forensic toxicology throughout his career, such as the analysis of alcohol in breath, in addition to the measurement of therapeutic, abused and emerging drugs in biological tissues, including alternative matrices like hair, nails and vitreous humor. His most significant contribution to the field of forensic toxicology was the identification and measurement of heroin and its metabolites in hair and other fluids and tissues.

In recognition of his research achievements in forensic toxicology, Dr. Goldberger was presented with the first annual Sunshine Award from the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in 1988. He was later the 1994 recipient of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator Award. In 2004, Dr. Goldberger received the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists' Midcareer Achievement Award for excellence in forensic toxicology. His other awards include the Alexander O. Gettler Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field and profession of forensic toxicology from the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in 2006; the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Association of Medical Examiners in 2008; and the Achievement in the Sciences Award from Drew University in 2012.

Having been qualified as an expert witness more than 270 times in forensic toxicology in federal, state, military and Canadian courts of law, Dr. Goldberger has been featured on local, state and national radio, television and print media, including ABC News Good Morning America, ABC News 20/20, ABC News Nightline, Dateline NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, BBC, Court TV, CBS' 48 Hours, the A&E Discovery Health and History Channels, ChannelOne and VH1.

Dr. Goldberger has authored numerous publications on forensic toxicology and is a co-editor of several books, including the Handbook of Workplace Drug Testing; On-Site Drug Testing; and Garriott's Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol.

Before assuming his current responsibilities, Dr. Goldberger earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from Drew University in Madison, N.J., and his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in forensic toxicology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

Recent Publications

  1. Ross EA, Watson M and Goldberger B. “Bath Salts” Intoxication. N. Engl. J. Med. 365: 967-968 (2011).
  2. Reisfield GM, Goldberger BA, Gold MS and DuPont RL. The Mirage of Impairing Drug Concentration Thresholds: A Rationale for Zero Tolerance Per Se Driving under the Influence of Drugs Laws.J. Analyt. Toxicol. 36:353-356 (2012).
  3. Paulozzi LJ, Ibrahimova A, Rudd RA, Goldberger BA, Thogmartin JR and Shelton K. A Comparison of Florida Medical Examiners’ Reports and Death Certificates for Specific Drug Related Overdose Deaths. Acad. Forensic Pathol. 2:190-197 (2012).
  4. Ross EA, Reisfield GM, Watson MC, Chronister CW and Goldberger BA.  Psychoactive “Bath Salts” Intoxication with Methylenedioxypyrovalerone. Am. J. Med. 125:854-858 (2012).
  5. Goldberger BA, Maxwell JC, Campbell A and Wilford BB. Uniform Standards and Case Definitions for Classifying Opioid-Related deaths: Recommendations by a SAMHSA Consensus Panel. J. Addict. Dis. 32:231-243 (2013).
  6. Yarrow JF, Beck DT, Conover CF, Beggs LA, Goldberger BA and Borst SE. Invalidation of a Commercially Available Human 5α-Dihydrotestosterone Immunoassay. Steroids. 78:1220-1225 (2013).
  7. Nichols SL, Lowe A, Zhang X, Garvie PA, Thornton S, Goldberger BA, Hou W, Goodenow MM and Sleasman JW. Concordance Between Self-Reported Substance Use and Toxicology Among HIV-Infected and Uninfected at Risk Youth. Drug Alcohol Depend 134: 376-82 (2014).
  8. Williams JC, Appelberg S, Goldberger BA, Klein TW, Sleasman JW and Goodenow MM.  Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol treatment during human monocyte differentiation reduces macrophage susceptibility to HIV-1 infection. J. Neuroimmune Pharmacol. 9:369-79 (2014).
  9. Cottler LB, Ajinkya S, Goldberger BA, Ghani MA, Martin DM, Hu H and Gold MS. The Prevalence of Drug and Alcohol Use in Urban Afghanistan: Epidemiological Data from the Afghanistan National Urban Drug Use Study (ANUDUS). Lancet Global Health. 2:e592-600 (2014).
  10. Lee D, Delcher C, Maldonado-Molina MM, Bazydlo LA, Thogmartin JR and Goldberger BA. Trends in licit and illicit drug-related deaths in Florida from 2001 to 2012. Forensic Sci. Int. 245:178-186 (2014).
  11. Lee D, Bazydlo LA, Reisfield GM and Goldberger BA. Urine Spiking in a Pain Medicine Clinic: An Attempt to Simulate Adherence. Pain Med, 16:1449-1451 (2015).
  12. Lee D, Garrett TJ, Goldberger BA and Bazydlo LA. Quantitation of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D2 and D3 in Serum and Plasma by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry. Bioanalysis 7:167-178 (2015).
  13. Reisfield GM, Goldberger BA and Bertholf RL. Choosing the Right Laboratory: A Review of Clinical and Forensic Toxicology Services for Urine Drug Testing in Pain Management. J. Opioid Manag. 11:37-44(2015).
  14. Delcher C, Wagenaar AC, Goldberger BA, Cook RL and Maldonado-Molina MM. Abrupt Decline in Oxycodone-Caused Mortality after Implementation of Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Drug Alcohol Depend. 150:63-88 (2015)
  15. Lee D, Chronister CW, Hoyer J and Goldberger BA. Ethylone-Related Deaths: Toxicological Findings. J. Analyt. Toxicol. 39:567-71 (2015)
Currently Involved In: 

Forensic toxicology

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