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Tulane University's Contributions to Health Sciences research and education: A Guide: Dr. Grace A. Goldsmith

Distinguished Tulane Medical and Public Health Faculty and Tulane Health Sciences Alumni. Selected highlights on their contributions to medical science.


Grace Arabell Goldsmith

Dr. Grace A. Goldsmith

Grace Goldsmith, Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 1967-1973

Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1967-1973
Chairman, Department of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1967 - 1974
Chairman, Department of Nutrition (SPHTM), 1967 - 1969

Dr. Goldsmith was internationally recognized as a clinical nutritionist and authority on dietary diseases. Her work established niacin deficiency as the cause of pellagra and also established the metabolism and minimum requirements for tryptophan and niacin.

In addition, Dr. Goldsmith was:

  • responsible for clarification of the specific roles of folic acid and vitamin B-12 in the diet
  • established criteria for evaluating nutritional status pertaining to anemias
  • an early advocate of the relationship between atherosclerosis and dietary fat and lipids

In 1967 the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine was established as a separate academic unit within Tulane University.  Grace A. Goldsmith became first dean of the new school.  


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