The Gold Foundation’s 2022 Annual Gala

Thank you to all who joined us in New York City and virtually on June 9th! Congratulations to all of the Gala honorees!

The Annual Gala marks a special time each year when the Gold Foundation gathers its community of doctors, nurses, students, healthcare education leaders, medical and nursing faculty and deans, corporate executives, patients, families, nonprofit partners, and supporters in a singular celebration of humanism in healthcare.

This year, for the first time since 2019, we were back in person at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City, honoring gala celebrants as well as two extraordinary anniversaries: the 20th anniversary of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the 5th anniversary of the Gold Corporate Council.

We were also delighted to welcome back Gold Trustee Dr. Kimberly Manning, a beloved voice of humanism in healthcare, as the gala host. The gala included a virtual option, so all Gold friends could join from across the world.

Watch the full Gala recording

View the 2022 Gala Journal (PDF)

Browse the 2022 Gala Photo Gallery

Thank you to our 2022 Gala Sponsors & Supporters!

2022 Honorees


The Gold Foundation’s 2022 Annual Gala will honor four visionary leaders who embody the ideal of placing human interests, values and dignity at the core of healthcare:

  • Dr. Michele Harper, Physician Leader & Champion for Inclusive Healthcare, NYT Bestselling Author, Gold Humanism Honor Society Member representing all members in celebration of the 20th Anniversary
  • Dr. Danielle Ofri, Front-line Physician at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, America’s Oldest Public Hospital, Renowned Author, Humanist, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review
  • Deb O’Hara-Rusckowski, Nurse Leader, Delegate, Order of Malta’s Mission at the United Nations, Gold Trustee, and Founder, Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking
  • Steve Rusckowski, Global Business & Healthcare Leader, Chairman, CEO and President, Quest Diagnostics, and Founder of the Gold Corporate Council

Read this year’s announcement and learn more about their remarkable impact on humanism in healthcare.

2022 GHHS 20th Anniversary Honorees

The Gold Foundation’s 2022 Annual Gala will honor eleven extraordinary Gold Humanism Honor Society members with the National Humanism in Medicine Medal for helping to power the success of GHHS over its remarkable 20 years.

  • Dr. Jonathan Amiel, Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean for Innovation in Health Professions Education at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons.
  • Dr. Kathleen Kashima, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and Assistant Professor in Medical Education at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine (UI COM).
  • Dr. Candice Passerella, United States Naval Academy graduate, Naval Flight Officer and
    EA-6B Prowler Mission Commander.
  • Dr. Wayne T. McCormack, Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Professor and education researcher in the Department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Mensah, Emory University School of Medicine graduate and incoming Psychiatry resident at Yale University.
  • Maria (Mia) Savoia, MD, FACP, Former Dean of Medical Education for the School of Medicine at University of California, San Diego and Professor of the Infectious Disease Division of the Department of Medicine.
  • Dr. Scott Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consult/Liaison Service at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and Deputy Training Director of the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • Dr. Olapeju Simoyan, MPH, BDS, FASAM, FAAFP, Founding Executive Director of Research at the Fran and Doug Tieman Center for Research at Caron Treatment Centers and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine.
  • Dr. Linda Stone, Family Physician, Special Assistant to the Dean for Humanism and Professionalism at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, past President of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) and past chair of the OAFP Foundation.
  • Dr. Norma Wagoner, faculty member in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University of Colorado and experienced medical school senior administrator.

Read this year’s announcement and learn more about these leaders’ remarkable contributions.

2022 GHHS Chapter Honorees

As part of the 2022 Annual Gala and the 20th anniversary of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Gold Foundation invited each GHHS chapter to recognize one person who was instrumental to their chapter’s success over these two remarkable decades. All of them were recognized in the Gala Journal (PDF) and on screen during the gala.

Please join us in thanking and congratulating these honorees who have played a key role in supporting GHHS!

View list of 2022 GHHS Chapter Honorees.

2022 Gold Gala host

The host for the 2022 Annual Gala will once again be the remarkable Gold Trustee Dr. Kimberly Manning, a spectacular champion of humanism in healthcare who has been a national advocate for a deeper understanding of vaccine deliberation throughout the pandemic. Dr. Manning is a general internist/hospitalist at Grady Memorial Hospital and Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, where she is a Professor of Medicine and residency program director. She is a prolific writer and beloved Twitter voice @gradydoctor. We are thrilled that Dr. Manning will be hosting for the second straight year!

Support the Gold Foundation

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation champions humanism in healthcare, which we define as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. This Gold standard of care embraces all and targets barriers to such care. We empower experts, learners, and leaders to together create systems and cultures that support humanistic care for all.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the world has witnessed the immense compassion and courage of doctors, nurses, and members of the whole healthcare team in their care of sick and dying patients.

At the Gold Foundation, we work to support such empathy and connection from the early days of training at medical and nursing schools through healthcare professionals’ entire careers. We are grateful to clinicians and leaders for their great care.

Gala Sponsorship Opportunities

The Gold Foundation Annual Gala offers a range of recognition opportunities, including a listing on our website and in our digital gala program, a sponsorship listing on the screen during the event, and a special recognition from the podium on the evening of the gala.

Download the full Gold Gala Sponsorship Brochure (PDF). The brochure includes a page that can be printed and mailed, if you prefer.

Purchase a ticket or sponsorship online here.

2021 Honorees

The Gold Foundation’s 2021 Annual Gala celebrated Champions of Humanistic Care, clinicians and healthcare leaders who showed deep compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic, and honored three visionary leaders who embody the ideal of placing human interests, values and dignity at the core of healthcare:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, Iconic Leader in U.S. Healthcare, Global Pioneer in Infectious Disease Research, and Compassionate Advocate of the American People during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Dr. Wayne J. Riley, Celebrated 17th President of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Luminary of Medical Education Educator, and Transformative Leader for Health Equity and Humanism in Healthcare
  • Dr. Eric Topol, Renowned Molecular Cardiologist and Geneticist, World Leader in Medical Research, Humanist Practitioner, and Bestselling Author on the Future of Medicine

Read the full 2021 announcement and learn more about their remarkable impact on humanism in healthcare.

Gold Foundation-affiliated institutions also selected more than 200 Champions of Humanistic Care for their compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the list of the Champions of Humanistic Care.
Watch videos submitted by Champions of Humanistic Care.

Every Champion is listed in more detail in our 90-page PDF gala program.
Download the 2021 Gala Program.

2019 Golden Thread Gala

Our 2019 event was a very special evening! Read about the 2019 honorees, remarks by them and other luminaries from the gala, and view the photo gallery.