Skip navigation

Thurma Goldman

Thurma M. Goldman, MD, MPH, is currently the country director in South Africa for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Goldman's work history spans all levels of community medicine and public health. For several years, she held a private practice in southern California and traveled to remote locations to provide immunizations to disadvantaged children. She later joined the staff at District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Goldman then became a medical officer for the National Health Service Corps, a program of the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She went on to serve HRSA through a variety of roles. In a position with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, she directed the development and implementation of the presidential initiative to reduce infant mortality in the United States. Later, as the head of the HIV/AIDS Bureau's international program at HRSA, Dr. Goldman represented the Administration as a deputy principal to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). With colleagues from other US government agencies, she played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of PEPFAR. Dr. Goldman completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at Howard University in Washington, DC, and a residency in pediatrics at the Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital in Watts, Los Angeles. She holds a master of public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health.

Interview date


Biographical information

The biographical information on this page is current as of the time this person was interviewed for the Everyday Leadership video project but may not reflect current developments in their life or career.