Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Jonathan J. Goldfinger joined Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services as CEO in July 2020. A nationally recognized pediatrician and advocate for mental health services for children and families, including in minority and low-income communities, his inclusive approach to health equity and policy has transformed countless lives.
With expertise in intergenerational trauma, integrated care, and health technologies, Dr. Goldfinger’s work has brought healthcare into a more humane, team-based, digital age. As Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Innovation at Center for Youth Wellness, he oversaw national and statewide collaborations and research addressing childhood trauma, including parent mental illness and substance use, child abuse, domestic violence, and discrimination. Before that, as Chief Medical Officer of ZERO TO THREE, he led a National Office to scale HealthySteps—integrated behavioral health and primary care for parents and young children—through transformative partnerships with health systems, communities, government, and philanthropy.
Dr. Goldfinger currently serves on the California Office of the Surgeon General and Department of Health Care Services’ Trauma-Informed Primary Care Advisory Committee; the LA County Department of Public Health and First 5 Los Angeles’ Help Me Grow-LA Systems Synergy Council; and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Maternal-Infant Healthcare Quality Improvement Expert Workgroup. He has published with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Perspectives, and in Health Affairs, and has won numerous awards and honors for advocacy and public health research. With a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University, Dr. Goldfinger completed his MD and MPH at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency and fellowships at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Dr. Goldfinger’s personal connection to Didi Hirsch’s mission stems from intergenerational trauma, including behavioral health challenges in family and friends, experienced from a young age. With the support of nurturing grandparents, parents and other adults, he developed strength and resilience that gave him hope and a desire to help others by combating structural stigma, poverty and racism. Dr. Goldfinger lives with his accomplished, beloved wife and two adorable boys.