Jack Goldberg

Research Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology



PhD Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1983
MA Geography, University of Chicago, 1976
BA Geography and History, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1973



Seattle ERIC/VET Registry
Box 358280
1100 Olive Way, Suite 1400
VA Mailstop: 152
Seattle, WA 98101


I have worked for more than 30 years to foster the development and use of health registries. My early work evaluating the Illinois Trauma Registry examined the completeness and validity of registry data. My subsequent work has focused on developing and managing population-based twin registries. In the 1980’s, I co-created the Vietnam Era Twin (VET) Registry within the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program. I went on to help develop twin registries of special populations including the disease-specific Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Twin Registry and the population-based Black Elderly Twin Study. More recently, I co-created a large twin registry of Washington state adults. Twin research is a boutique specialty in epidemiology but it provides a unique population that can be used to study the genetic and environmental contributions to virtually any phenotype. During my long career I have worked with hundreds of collaborators who are interested in specific phenotypes and where the use of a twin samples can advance science.

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