Bruce Goldberger, PhD

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1994 Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator

Bruce A. Goldberger will receive the 19th annual award, sponsored by Boehringer Mannheim Corporation. Goldberger received a B.A. from Drew University in Madison, NJ, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in forensic toxicology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. Goldberger is certified as a toxicological chemist by the National Registry in Clinical Chemistry and as a forensic toxicology specialist by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Medical and Research Technology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a toxicologist with the National Center for Forensic Science in Baltimore, and a guest worker at the Addiction Research Center, National Institute on Drug Abuse. He also serves as a consultant in forensic toxicology to governmental organizations and private industry.

Goldberger’s doctoral dissertation, “The measurement and interpretation of heroin, 6-acetylmorphine, and morphine concentrations in biological tissues obtained from heroin users and heroin-related deaths,” described a gas chromatography–mass spectrometric method for the simultaneous analysis of heroin and its metabolites in biological tissues including blood, urine, and hair.

Goldberger was a recipient of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists’ Educational Research Award and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ Toxicology Section Scholarship. In recognition of his achievements in research in forensic toxicology, he was presented with the first annual Sunshine Award from the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in 1988. His studies have included the analysis of alcohol in breath and of therapeutic and abused drugs in biological tissues, e.g., heroin and 6-acetylmorphine in hair, and cocaine and its metabolites in human amniotic fluid. He has also developed an enzyme immunoassay for comprehensive drug screening in urine.

Goldberger has been an active member of AACC for several years. He has served on the TDM/Tox LIP Committee since 1991 and has written numerous review articles for AACC In-Service Training Program. Goldberger served as the leader of the workshop, “Drug Analysis of Unusual Biological Tissues,” at the 1993 National Meeting. He is also active in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; National Safety Council, Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs; National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards, Subcommittee on GC/MS Confirmation of Drugs of Abuse; and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists. Goldberger is a laboratory inspector for the National Laboratory Certification Program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and for the College of American Pathologists’ Forensic Urine Drug Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program.