Edward Goldman is an attorney and an associate professor in the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, where he manages the program on sexual rights and reproductive justice. He teaches a seminar on reproductive justice at the Law School. From 1978 to January 2009, he managed the Health System Legal Office for the University of Michigan. From March 2004 to January 2009, he was an associate vice president and deputy general counsel for the University. In 2009, he moved to the U-M Medical School Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to focus his work on women's rights issues. He is an adjunct professor in the U-M School of Public Health, where he teaches courses on health law and the legal and ethical aspects of research. He also has an appointment in Women's Studies, where he teaches about legal issues in women's rights. Prof. Goldman is president of the Michigan BioTrust for Health and a former chair of the Michigan Certificate of Need Commission. In 2011, he helped to establish a reproductive justice program in Ghana for the law faculty at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He subsequently received a grant for distance teaching in Ghana and holds a professorship at the law school in Kumasi. In May 2012, he received a Rackham Grant allowing him to host a May 2013 interdisciplinary conference on international reproductive rights. The conference brought advocates and academics together to discuss ways to move reproductive justice issues forward. That lead to a Ford Foundation grant (2014-2017) to identify, study, and work with Michigan reproductive justice groups to enhance their capacity to deliver services.
He also has received federal grants and contracts to study newborn screening and biobanking. Prof. Goldman enjoys a diverse career combining law, ethics, public policy, medical issues, teaching, writing, and community service. He has written on a number of topics in the health care field covering such important areas as 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 also has published in the areas of genetics, wrongful birth, fetal versus maternal rights, medical education, and non-custodial parents' rights in their children's health care.