Lawrence H. Golden, M.D. (1921-2004) was a pioneer in mind-body medicine. As a cardiologist, he believed that many of his patients’ cardiovascular difficulties were in part, the result of psychological and social concerns. Based upon this philosophy, Dr. Golden, in partnership with his wife Nancy Posmantur Golden (1925-2014), established the Lawrence & Nancy Golden Lectureship in Mind-Body Medicine to enrich the medical education of future doctors.
The Goldens’ commitment to mind-body medicine was longstanding. They established the first cardiac rehabilitation program in Buffalo, appropriately named "Walk and Talk." Drawing upon Lawrence’s expertise in cardiology and Nancy’s in social work, they created a clinical program that combined health care, patient education, cardiovascular activity, and counseling for emotional well being.
Lawrence H. Golden earned a B.A. (1943) and M.D. (1946) from the University at Buffalo, and was a fellow in cardiology at Tulane University. Dr. Golden joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo in 1950 and became an outstanding teacher within the residency program and the medical education program. A longtime Chair of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at the Millard Fillmore Hospital (now Kaleida Health), Dr. Golden also served as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine.
Nancy Golden earned a B.A. at Wellesley College (1945) where she was Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and a Durant scholar. Ms. Golden went on to get an M.S.W. at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work (1948). She worked as a family therapist at Child and Family Services for thirty years. Dr. and Mrs. Golden also spent years on the faculty of the Creative Education Foundation.