Debora Goetz Goldberg, PhD, MHA, MBA


Dr. Goldberg is an Associate Professor at George Mason University in the Department of Health Administration and Policy. She is a mixed methods researcher with an emphasis on survey and qualitative research methodologies. Her research focuses on primary care practice transformation, patient experience, and care for the underserved. Her teaching experience includes courses on the US health care system, change management and leadership, evaluation and outcomes research methodology, and qualitative research methods. Before entering academia she worked in healthcare management consulting serving commercial and government clients such as Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is also proud to be a returned Peace Corps volunteer (’95-’97) who worked with the Ministry of Health in Guyana as a National Health Planner. 


Research Interests

  • Primary Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Organizational Research
  • Patient Experience
  • Qualitative Research
  • Survey Research
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home

Select Publications

  • Goldberg, D.G., Soylu, T., Hoffman, C.F., Kishton, R.E., Cronholm, P.F. (2023). "Anxiety, COVID, Burnout and Now Depression": a Qualitative Study of Primary Care Clinicians' Perceptions of Burnout. J Gen Intern Med. Published online November 27, 2023. doi:10.1007/s11606-023-08536-2 

  • Goldberg, D.G., Owens-Jasey, C., Haghighat, S., Kavalloor, S. (2023). Implementation strategies for large scale quality improvement initiatives in primary care settings: a qualitative assessment. BMC Prim Care. 24(1):242. Published 2023 Nov 17. doi:10.1186/s12875-023-02200-8 

  • Goldberg, D.G., Hoffman, C., Pomeroy, M.L., Butler, K., Weinstein. (2023). A Systematic Review of Employee Health Management Programs to Address Cardio-Metabolic Disorders Among Health Professionals. Annals of Family Medicine, 21 (Supplement 1) 3866; DOI: 10.1370/afm.21.s1.3866 

  • Goldberg, D.G., Soylu, T., Kitsantas, P., Grady, V., Nichols, L. (2021). Burnout among Primary Care Providers and Staff: Evaluating the Association with Practice Adaptive Reserve and Individual Behaviors. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 

  • Goldberg, D.G., Soylu, T., Grady, V., Kitsantas, P., Grady, J., Nichols, L. (2020). Indicators of Workplace Burnout among Providers and Staff in Small to Medium- Sized Primary Care Practices. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 33, 3, 378-385. DOI:  

  • Goldberg, D.G., Gimm, G., Burla, S., Nichols, L. (2020). Experience of Care of Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions in a Payer-Based Patient Centered Medical Home Model. Population Health Management, 23,4. DOI:  

  • Goldberg, D.G., Haghighat, S., Kavalloor, S., Nichols, L. (2019). A Qualitative Analysis of Implementing EvidenceNOW to Improve Cardiovascular Care. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 32(5):705-714. DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.2019.05.190084 

  • Goldberg, D.G., Goldberg, M.H., Shah, R., Meagher, J. and Ailani, H.(2018). Pseudophakic mini-monovision: high patient satisfaction, reduced spectacle dependence, and low cost. BMC Ophthalmology, 18:293, 1-6. DOI: 10.1186/s12886-018-0963-3 

  • Goldberg, D.G., Sahgal, B., Beeson, T., Wood, S.F., Mead, H., Abdul-Wakil, A., Stevens, H., Rui, P., and Rosenbaum, S. (2017). Patient perspectives on quality family planning services in underserved areas. Patient Experience Journal, 4, 1, 7.DOI: 10.35680/2372-0247.1194 

  • Goldberg, D.G., Feng, L. and Kuzel A. J., (2016). The Role of Primary Care Practices in Advancing Population Health. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 39, 1, 87-94. DOI: 10.1097/JAC.0000000000000078 


  • Affiliate Faculty, GMU Center for Evidence-Based Behavioral Health (CEBBH) 
  • Member, North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, AcademyHealth


  • PhD, Health Related Services with Concentration in Healthcare Organizations, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MHA, Health Administration, Xavier University
  • MBA, Xavier University