Harold A. Goldberger, M.D.

ELLSWORTH — Harold A. Goldberger, M.D., died Nov. 18, 2009, in Eastern Maine Medical Center after a brief illness. Dr. Goldberger, 80, was dedicated to a private psychiatric practice in Ellsworth up to the time of his death.

Specializing in analytic psychotherapy and general psychiatry, Dr. Goldberger was also an early advocate of alternative treatment for substance-abuse disorder recovery.


A graduate of Cornell University and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Dr. Goldberger did graduate work in mathematics and organic chemistry at New York University, Stanford and Brown University. A doctoral student and visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1980s, he subsequently directed a program, Le Centre Mondial, between France and Africa, combining medicine and computer technology, training and equipping native health care workers with laptops that could diagnose, and prescribe remedies for more than 300 illnesses. He and his team traveled to Austria, India, Pakistan and Russia to demonstrate the potential impact of the program. Returning to the U.S. in 1987, he completed a surgical residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and resumed his psychiatric practice there until 2000, when he began practicing in Maine. His 1990s work with mental health problems of the homeless in New York was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” with Robert Siegel in a three-part series. He appeared again on NPR with Joe Palca as an advocate for multiple sclerosis clinical trial patients seeking therapy. Over several decades of practicing medicine in New York and Maine, Dr. Goldberger also acted as on-staff psychiatrist and medical director with numerous clinics and hospitals.

Dr. Goldberger is survived by his wife of 21 years, Katharine; his brother, Richard Irwin of Georgia; his children, Jessica Goldberger of Barcelona, Spain, David Goldberger of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jon Goldberger of Maui and Oregon; his stepchildren, Danny Paris and Lisa Paris of Massachusetts, and Aleta Kalkstein of New York City; and his granddaughter, Sonia Lozano Goldberger, of Barcelona.

Funeral arrangements in Maine are private. A memorial service will be held on the afternoon of Dec. 13, 2009 in New York City. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Goldberger’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, http://doctorswithoutborders.org/donate or 1-888-392-0392; or the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival, www.kneisel.org/donations.html.

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