Ivan K. Goldberg

April 14, 1934November 26, 2013

Dr. Ivan K. Goldberg of Pomona, NY died on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. He was 79. Dr. Goldberg was born in Brooklyn, NY to Morris and Florence Goldberg. He attended Johns Hopkins University and New York University College of Medicine. In private practice for 50 years, specializing in psycho-pharmacology and depression, his offices were located in New York City and Bardonia, NY. He was Associate Psychiatrist, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center for 23 years. In 1986 he founded The site includes the popular, “Dr. Ivan’s Depression Central” and a listserv with many email lists used by over 4,000 mental health professionals worldwide. Dr. Goldberg is the author of “Questions and Answers About Depression and its Treatment” as well as many other books. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Psychiatric Association’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award. In addition, Dr. Goldberg was an avid photographer in black and white and most recently in infrared. Many of his photographs have been displayed in museums worldwide. Ivan is survived by his wife, Cynthia Meyer Goldberg; two daughters, Bonni Goldberg of Portland, OR and Meredith Goldberg of New York City; two step-sons, Vincent and Eric Matal, and one granddaughter, Isabel Kendall of Portland, OR. He is predeceased by his brother, Steven and his sister, Diane. Memorial Service will be held at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home, 177 Route 59, Suffern, NY 10901 on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the ACLU. Condolences can be sent via

NYC MEMORIAL FOR DR. IVAN GOLDBERG: My sister, Bonni and I invite you to gather with us this Saturday, December 7th, from 5pm -9pm at Beth Israel Hospital, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place, Bernstein Pavilion, Conference room B, New York, N.Y. We would love for everyone to join us to share memories, stories and lasting impressions about our father. Our hope is we all leave with a little bit more of Ivan. Please join us for as much time as you like. There is no formal program, just a coming together of family, friends, patients and colleagues to celebrate, mourn and honor Ivan Goldberg.


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Thomas Steele

December 21, 2014

Ivan's listserves have been an extraordinary resource for clinicians, and thus patients, from around the world. It's difficult to overstate how helpful he has been.

Richard Goldberg

September 4, 2014

Dr. Goldberg was a good friend and professional colleague to my father Dr. Bill Kutscher. Ivan did a lot of good work with him for The Foundation of Thanatology. I remember him from when I was a child. I remember his skinny townhouse.

April 9, 2014

Dear Meredith--

Today is April 9th....and my thoughts are with you.

Your Dad is with you, too. For, you carry him within your heart. If you listen really hard, you can hear him speak to you in the same familiar way.


March 14, 2014


No money yet donated to aclu because some weeks ago I fell on the ice, hit back of my head, ended up in hospital, hole drilled into my head (surgery), then rehab place, all adding up to a month or so, and just got back home yesterday afternoon with weak legs, having to exercise so as to climb stairs.

Send me an email so I can reply to you at your own address.

Bye for now.


Silvia Eiberman

January 25, 2014

My condolences to Meredith and all the family of Ivan Goldberg. He was a very special man. I will miss him very much.

Silvia Eiberman

Linda Boginsky

January 5, 2014

Dr. Goldberg came to Morristown, NJ for 25 years for his "Ask the Doctor" sessions. I have renamed our lecture series "The Ivan K Goldberg MD Lecture Series". David Chowes wrote of many ways Dr. Goldberg was ahead of his time.


It is still hard to believe he is no longer "Our Yearly Speaker".

January 3, 2014

To the family and friends of Dr. Ivan Goldberg:

I had the good fortune to meet Dr Ivan at the Morristown Area support group over ten years ago, but had no idea of his impact in this field until I started receiving e-mails by those who knew him more extensively and those who made entries in this Guest Book.

His work and he himself will live on in the minds and hearts of those he touched so well and so deeply.

Farewell Ivan, we hope to see you bye and bye.

Sherry Kabir

January 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Goldberg:
We love you very much and we will miss you. Thank you so much for helping so many people.You will remain in our hearts forever.

Sherry Kabir

December 31, 2013

Dr. goldberg was a caring man and a great doctor. I met him a few times but, i will never forget him. He saved my brother's life. My family and I will miss him very much. We pray for his family during this difficult time.

Linda Boginsky

December 31, 2013

Dr.Goldberg was a hightlight each year
in our DBSA Morristown "Ask the Doctor lecture series for 25 years! He also patiently and wisely answered email questions for myself, group members and even my mother who was suffering agitation at the end of her 97 years. I became a patient 5 yrs ago.
When I last saw Dr Goldberg Nov 1st he was frail and suffering. I was very concerned but hoped I was wrong. Still
it is hard to process.
When my mother died at 97 Dr Goldberg wrote "Like you I am both saddened and relieved". Which was perfectly expressed. I suspect it also applies to Dr Goldberg's death.
Linda Boginsky