Itasca, IL – The Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division of the National Safety Council has presented Dr. Bruce Goldberger the 2017 Robert F. Borkenstein Award. Goldberger, professor and chief of the Division of Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, is recognized for his significant and prolific contributions to forensic toxicology as a leader, researcher, teacher and author, as well as a nationally known expert witness.
"Bruce's extraordinary leadership, knowledge and expertise has enriched the field of forensic toxicology," said Michael Pollock, NSC vice president of relationship management. "In our effort to eliminate preventable deaths on our nation's roadways, we need partners like Dr. Goldberger to change the conversation around impairment. The Council is proud to recognize him with this award."
Dr. Goldberger is the technical and administrative director of the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory at the University of Florida, which provides toxicological services to medical examiner offices and state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Florida. He is medical director of UF Health Pathology Laboratories' Clinical Toxicology Laboratory and director of the UF Racing Laboratory. Dr. Goldberger also holds a joint professor position in the Department of Psychiatry Division of Addiction Medicine. He is director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, as well as program director of the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. He has been qualified as an expert witness more than 270 times in forensic toxicology in federal, state, military and Canadian courts of law, and featured on national media.
The award, named for Breathalyzer® inventor Robert F. Borkenstein, recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol- and drug-related traffic safety. Honorees are selected by professionals involved in the Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division, which is managed by the National Safety Council.
Dr. Goldberger will be recognized in conjunction with the NSC-ADID meeting in New Orleans Feb. 12, 2017.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
About the NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division
The Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division is comprised of professionals at NSC member companies that are involved in toxicology and drug testing. The Division is active in making recommendations to control the impaired driving problem including legislation, enforcement, education and other countermeasure programs. Division members are not employed by NSC but support the Council's mission to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime.