Eric A. Goldsmith, D.O., FACOS - Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award
Dr. Eric Goldsmith has been named the 2017 recipient of the ACOS Charles L. Ballinger Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award for his outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the field of general surgery and furthering the osteopathic profession.
Eric A. Goldsmith, D.O., FACOS of Fort Myers, Florida, is a 1984 graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his internship at Des Moines General Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, and a General Surgery residency at Metropolitan Hospital in Springfield, Pennsylvania and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York, New York. He received a Mead Johnson Fellowship Grant as a resident. His philosophy is “quality patient care first.”
AOA Board Certified in General Surgery, Dr. Goldsmith joined the staff of Lee Health in 2006 and currently serves as Chief Academic Officer, overseeing all allied health and medical education for four Lee Memorial campuses. Dedicated to furthering the osteopathic profession through medical education, he has participated in resident training at the St. Agnes Medical and Burn Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Des Moines General Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, and continues to help train medical students at Lee Health.
Dr. Goldsmith has held the rank of assistant professor of surgery at DMU-COM, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan, and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Florida. He is Medical Director of Physician Assistant Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.
A Fellow of the ACOS since 1995, Dr. Goldsmith has served on the College’s Board of Governors since 2003 and was elected President of the ACOS in 2011. He has served as a member and chair of numerous College committees and as Chair of the General Surgery Discipline, he was named a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons in 1992 and the American Society for Abdominal Surgeons in 2000.
He has served on the boards of other organizations, including the Florida and Iowa State Divisions of the American Cancer Society, the Des Moines University Alumni Association, the Iowa Cancer Pain Relief Initiative, and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA). He is former Lee County, Florida District President for FOMA and continues to serve on the FOMA Executive Board of Trustees.
Throughout his career, he has served on numerous hospital committees and has lectured at ACOS-sponsored meetings and for other national, state, and local venues. He was appointed surgeon for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Lake County, Florida, from 1999-2005.
Dr. Goldsmith is proud of and thankful for his supportive family, including his loving wife, Lorrie, and children – Cpt. Hank Goldsmith, Pilot United States Air Force and twin daughters Hunter, graduate of Florida State University and Hannah, graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University.