Dr. Irwin Goldstein has been involved with sexual dysfunction research since the late 1970s. His interests include penile microvascular bypass surgery, surgery for dyspareunia, sexual health management post cancer treatment, physiologic investigation of sexual function in men and women, and diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction in men and women. Dr. Goldstein has authored more than 350 publications in the field of sexual dysfunction, and edited books on erectile dysfunction and on women's sexual health. He is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the official journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, its regional affiliate societies, and the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health. Dr. Goldstein is director of sexual medicine at Alvarado Hospital, clinical professor of surgery at University of California at San Diego and director of San Diego Sexual Medicine where he maintains his clinical practice.
Dr. Goldstein holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Brown University, with an honors thesis in biomedical engineering. In 1975, he graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine for 25 years where he was professor of urology and gynecology and founding director of the former Institute for Sexual Medicine at BUSM. Dr. Goldstein is currently president of the Institute for Sexual Medicine, Inc., a charitable corporation for education and research in the field.
He is secretary of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, a former president of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, a board member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine and a member of the International Academy of Sex Research, the American Urological Association, the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease. The World Association for Sexual Health recently awarded Dr. Goldstein the Gold Medal in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the field.