About Us


APGF Circle LogoThe Arnold P. Gold Foundation works with healthcare professionals in training and in practice to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients and professionals.

The Foundation is a public, 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit organization, established in 1988 by Arnold Gold, MD, Sandra Gold, EdD and their colleagues at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York.

Humanistic medical care is not simply compassion. It is the best of medicine. When skilled physicians build caring, trusting and collaborative relationships with patients, studies reveal more appropriate medical decisions, better patient adherence with treatment plans, and less costly healthcare outcomes.

The staggering ascendance of science and technology, along with current healthcare economics, makes our efforts to keep the care in healthcare even more critical today than when the Foundation began some 25 years ago.

The Foundation’s logo, a heart-shaped stethoscope, is a familiar sight in medical schools and centers throughout the country and abroad. It is featured on lapel pins worn by over 17,000 new medical students each year. Students and faculty at 93% of our nation’s accredited schools of medicine, both allopathic and osteopathic, participate in at least one Foundation program.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation relies on donations to advance our vital work.  Eighty percent of our annual budget is derived from contributions made by donors like you.

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