GHHS Advisory Council

GHHS Advisory Council advises and recommends policies and activities for GHHS to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation board and management.  The Council also assesses and responds to members’ needs to further the mission of GHHS.

The Council meets four times a year, either via conference calls or at face-to-face meetings.  Calls for nominations and applications to the Advisory Council will be posted on this webpage when the Advisory Council is actively filling vacant positions.

Call for Advisory Council Student Members

The GHHS Nominating Committee is seeking two dedicated and energetic 3rd year medical student members to serve on the Advisory Council. The requirements of Advisory Council members are as follows:
  • Student members will serve one-year terms starting May 1, 2017.
  • Members should have either GHHS membership or prior involvement and experience with GHHS. A demonstrated interest in humanism in medicine is required.
  • Members must attend four meetings each year: one face-to-face meeting (travel expenses will be compensated) and three phone conferences.
  • Members are asked to serve on at least one Advisory Council committee.
The deadline to receive nominations is April 1, 2017. Please use the links indicated below for either nominating or applying for an open position.  Please address any questions to
If you wish to nominate someone, click here.
Note: We will contact all nominees to ask them if they would be willing to serve. We will advise nominees that in order to be considered, they will be required to complete the application on our website (see below) and to submit their one-page CV.
If you wish to apply for a position, click here.
The application contains the following questions:
  1. Why do you wish to serve on the GHHS Advisory Council?
  2. What experiences will you bring the GHHS Advisory Council that will advance the mission of GHHS? Please submit responses in the categories below where applicable: a) significant leadership roles at the local and/or national level; b) participation in projects in medical school that encouraged a culture of compassionate care for patients and/or health providers; c) relate a creative solution to a problem you have faced related to a humanistic experience in a clinical setting
  3. What do you believe GHHS should accomplish in the next three years?


Who is Eligible

The Advisory Council is comprised of students, residents, fellows, deans, institution officials, program directors, practicing physicians, GHHS Chapter Advisors, Tow Award winners, members at large, and a trustee of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Policies and Procedures for Governance of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Advisory Council Committees

  • Executive Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Program Committee

Current Advisory Board Members

Howard Silverman, MD, MS – Chair
Associate Dean for Information Resources and Educational Technology and Clinical Professor for Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Basic Medical Sciences
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Scott Shaffer, MD – Chair-Elect
Assistant Professor for the Departments of Pediatics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University

Charlie Pohl, MD – Immediate Past Chair
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Pediatrics
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Emily Abdoler, M.D.
Resident Member
University of California, San Francisco

Jonathan Amiel, MD
Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Ishan Asokan
GHHS Student Member
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Thuy D. Bui, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Gregory Cherr, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
University at Buffalo, State University of New York , Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Rajitha Devadoss Venkatesh, MD
GHHS Fellow Member
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Rosemarie L. Fisher, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Director and Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education
Yale School of Medicine

Kathleen Kashima, PhD
Senior Associate Dean of Students
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Aubrey Knight, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute

Marsha Levine, PhD
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Trustee

Paul O’Rourke, M.D.
GHHS Fellow Member
Johns Hopkins University

Sean Ochsenbein
GHHS Student Member
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

Sheryl A. Pfeil, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of Education, and Medical Director of the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Jerry Rushton, MD
Practicing Physician
Indiana University Health

Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd
Associate Dean for Curriculum and Professor of Pediatrics
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

John Song, MD, MPH, MAT
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota Medical School

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, MS
Director, Medical Humanities Program
University of Florida College of Medicine

Silpa Thaivalappil
GHHS Student Member
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Amy Weil, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Ex-Officio Members without Voting Rights

Richard I. Levin, MD

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation