Dr. Harry Goldsmith

Dr. Harry Goldsmith

May 10, 1951 – Feb 7, 201

Dr. Harry Goldsmith was born in Hadera, Israel, on May 10, 1951, the son of Bill and Halina Goldsmith. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio; attended Ohio State University, and graduated from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.

Harry practiced podiatry in California for 20 years, and he had nearly four decades of experience in coding, medical review, quality assurance, and practice management. A noted lecturer, he founded Codingline to provide expert advice in podiatric coding and billing. He was honored as the California Podiatric Physician of the Year in 2000 and was a member of the National Podiatry Hall of Fame.

Harry had a great sense of humor, was exceedingly generous, and was honest to a fault. He was devoted to his family and loyal to his friends. Harry was a wine enthusiast, loved to read and travel, and reveled in the joy of life.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan; his brothers, Oscar and James (Shari); his sons: Jon (Jennifer), Mark (Shannon), and Brian (Maria); and seven grandchildren: Ashley, Ryan, Ben, Noah, Adam, Joshua, and Jacob.

A private memorial service for family will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018, at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler’s West Center Chapel in Omaha. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha, Nebraska (https://nufoundation.org/-/unmc-college-of-medicine-hematological-malignancies-fund-01083990?fundId=01083990) or APMA Student Scholarship Fund (https://www.apma.org/Donate/Donations.cfm).




  • Jim Christina Posted February 8, 2018 1:28 pm

    Words cannot express my deepest sorrow. I will always recall fondly the many dinners we shared together and be grateful for the advice and counsel he gave me. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time.

  • Joseph S Borreggine DPM Posted February 8, 2018 1:29 pm

    Dr. Harry Goldsmith was and will continue be the face of podiatry when it comes to the integrity of this profession. A sad day with his loss not only to this profession, but to his family as well. His immense career in this profession cannot be put into words other to say that he was a true pioneer for podiatry. Through the APMA’s Coding Resource Center and especially through Codingline, he was able to provide an active reference tool so that we could code correctly without concern.

    He was my mentor. He recognized that I was able to understand, digest, and provide expert coding advice in manner that was aligned with his abilities. He invited me to become a Codingline expert a number of years ago and I have been an active expert ever since. I hope that I can continue to do so and provide a legacy that will go on in spite of his loss.

    He was a great man, podiatrist, and family man. I will miss him. And sadly, so will this profession. Harry may you Rest In Peace my friend.

  • David Gurvis Posted February 8, 2018 2:02 pm

    I feel a loss for all of you. Harry went to school at Eastmore, Columbus Ohio and I attended Bexley nearby so I would joke with him about our schools when we would meet at a lecture. May his memory be as a blessing

  • Josephine Golcher Posted February 8, 2018 4:07 pm

    I am devastated. Harry was a wonderful man, knowledgeable and humorous. Always with a smile. He and his family were so loving and friendly. My prayers are with them all.

  • Linda C. Posted February 8, 2018 6:45 pm

    I was saddened to hear about Dr. Goldsmith’s passing. My most sincere condolences to his family. Besides being a pioneer for podiatry, he created a network of support/help for the field of podiatry. He helped so many people from physicians to office staff with his witty insights and unique way of teaching. He will be truly missed. Thank you Dr. Goldsmith!!

  • Carri Garbus Posted February 8, 2018 7:42 pm

    Dr. Goldsmith was a kind and giving man. I only knew him professionally, but I know he gave of himself and deeply cared about the podiatric profession.. He took the time out of his busy day to help me with some coding questions and he remembered to get back to me, even though I know he was extremely busy. I send my deepest condolences to his friends and family at this very sad time.

  • Joanne and Frank Sowinski Posted February 8, 2018 7:45 pm

    Rest in peace, Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most difficult time

  • Grace Pascual, DPM Posted February 8, 2018 10:37 pm

    Aloha Oe Harry. I first met Harry 20years ago when he came to Honolulu for a one night round table forum on coding. He was amazing and became my instant idol, as he did to so many in my generation. Harry was a GIANT, an ICON, a LEGEND in our profession. He mentored and advocated with passion. Mahalo (Thank you) Harry for all that you have given of yourself so our profession could thrive. May God wrap his arms around his ohana (family) at this time to comfort them… Aloha Oe

  • Marianne Posted February 8, 2018 11:49 pm

    Harry was the best at all he accomplished husband, father, friend and boss. I had the privilege of working for Harry for 14 years and being friends with Harry and his family for years.
    What a legacy Harry has left behind. You see it in wife, wonderful sons and grandchildren.
    Harry, Rest In Peace my dear friend.
    With my love and prayers,

  • Arlene Hoffman Posted February 9, 2018 12:32 am

    My condolences to the family. I would always look forward to Harry’s lectures, He told it like it was and with a lot of humor. He was one of a kind and I will miss him.

  • Marianne Hinsberger Posted February 9, 2018 1:13 am

    My love and prayers go to Susan and family.
    Harry was the best boss Kind, generous and appreciative are just a few adjectives that can be used to describe this great man. I had the privilege of working for Harry for 14 years and friends with his family for years
    What a legacy Harry has left behind with his wife, 3 wonderful sons and 7 grandchildren.
    Rest In Peace , my dear friend.
    You are missed.

  • Sharon Dalton Posted February 9, 2018 6:34 am

    To Susan and all the family I send my heartfelt sympathy. You are on my mind and in my heart today and always.

  • Mohammad Khan Posted February 9, 2018 7:41 am

    Brian, “With deepest sympathy as you remember your father”

  • Paul Kesselman Posted February 9, 2018 9:49 am

    Words cannot begin to express my heartfelt deep
    sense of loss over the passing of my colleague,
    mentor, adviser and most important a dear close
    personal friend. Despite his involvement in many
    projects he was never too busy or too far away,
    to provide friendship, understanding and
    guidance to me and many in our profession.

    While the loss to our profession cannot begin to
    be measured, the loss to his wife, sons,
    grandchildren, and extended family is

    Harry did everything first class. He made it a
    point of earning elite status with his extensive
    travel, but more importantly he earned that
    same status and the deepest of respect and
    admiration from a whole generation of
    Harry may have earned elite status on several
    airlines, but more importantly he will forever
    have earned elite status in the hearts and minds
    of too many to count.

    • Sue Stratton Posted February 9, 2018 11:06 pm

      My condolences to the family. Dr Goldsmith will be missed and what an awesome legacy he leaves behind.

  • Joy and Glenn Gastwirth Posted February 10, 2018 8:17 am

    Words cannot adequately describe our emotions. We are so sad,yet the memories we have are wonderful. Harry was a truly unique and special person….loving, proud, smart, innovative,driven, generous with his time, committed to our profession, worldly, well read, loved wine and a good piece of meat ( don’t forget the Morton’s salad) and an magnificent sense of humor. There are even more ways to describe our friend, but it is so hard to think clearly right now. We send our most sincere condolences to Susan and your family. Please know that Harry will never be forgotten. He left an indelible mark on the lives of so many of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Joy and Glenn Gastwirth

  • Robert Vallone Posted February 10, 2018 7:11 pm

    Harry was loved by all he met; his contributions to our profession are immeasurable. You could feel his passion for fairness and equity whenever he spoke. A great man has left us too soon. My deepest condolences to the Goldsmith family at this diffucult time.

  • Tony Poggio Posted February 11, 2018 2:30 pm

    It took me a couple days to be able to write this about my good friend Harry. He helped me get established in the coding/insurance aspect of podiatry based on a single phone conversation. From that a great friendship developed. He was always there for me, to give advice, edit a letter, devise/suggest policies, etc with our local insurance carriers/Medicare. He was very busy in his own endeavors but always took time for me. He never hesitated to accept my offer to speak at local seminars where the proceeds would benefit the students at CSPM.
    He was always so complimentary and spoke so kindly about his loving wife and he was so proud of his sons and their families.
    With his passing there will be a great void in the podiatry profession and in my life.
    RIP Harry.

    Tony Poggio

  • Randy Stevens Posted February 11, 2018 7:54 pm

    You have my condolences. We are praying for peace and comfort for the Goldsmith Family.

  • Dan Nevarez Posted February 11, 2018 9:51 pm

    I still remember the day Harry told me that I could call him Harry. He was my friend’s dad, so he was always Mr. Goldsmith (I always forgot to call him Doctor :)). But that day, I knew I had grown up. I’ll always have fond memories of him at our baseball games. He wasn’t the loudest or roudiest of the dads, but he was always supportive and had a thoughtful, encouraging word when you needed it. I appreciated that.

    To the entire Goldsmith Family, our family sends our deepest condolences for your loss. Your dad was the patriarch of a great family and he will be missed by so many. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers always.

  • Denise Paige Posted February 13, 2018 11:05 pm

    So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. I became one of his expert panelists years ago and he graciously agreed to speak at one of my AAPC chapter meetings. I remember he brought some of the most graphic podiatry photos I’ve ever seen, but show and tell always works well with coders! As busy as he was he always made himself available for a coding question and would offer to get other opinions as well.

    My condolences to his family…he will be missed!

  • Glenn Ocker, DPM Posted February 15, 2018 5:34 pm

    Susan our hearts go out to you Jon, Mark, Brian and the grand children. Harry touched so many of us personally as well as professionally. I was so fortunate to have worked closely with Harry so long on various projects. We often when on the road toasted our successes with a good glass of scotch. He was mild and focused most of the time but hit just the right cause or situation and Harry could shift gears, roar like a lion, and be glued to your side till the finish. Jon, Mark, Bryan, I never witnessed your father take a short cut or cut to the chase even when odds were against him. He stayed true to himself and the team he represented. He was always honest and expected you to be also. A great friend, a loving father and from what I witnessed a truely loving husband. Karen and I grieve for your loss Susan.

  • Steve & Elaine Roberts Posted February 16, 2018 5:31 pm

    Our hearts are broken for Susan and the whole family. May God give you Peace and Comfort that can only come from Him, at this difficult time. Love, Steve and Elaine

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