Board of Trustees

Brian E. Benson, MD

Brian Benson, MD is a board certified otolaryngologist. Dr. Benson is leading the development of the robotic head and neck surgery program at John Theurer Cancer Center and the creation of the Dysphagia Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. He is also the Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the new Seton Hall at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Chair Emeritus

Jordan J. Cohen, MD

Chair Emeritus

Jordan Cohen, MD, was President of the Association of American Medical Colleges from 1994 to 2006 and Dean of the Stony Brook School of Medicine from 1988 to 1994. He served as Chairman of the Board for The Arnold P. Gold Foundation from 2006 to 2016. He has served on the medical school faculties of Brown, Tufts, University of Chicago, and George Washington University.

Laurel Epstein

Laurel Epstein currently serves as President of the Bishop House Foundation, where she is spearheading the restoration of an 1860 historic property. She has previously sat on the Board of Georgetown University’s scholarship program and chaired the Parent Leadership Program while her two daughters attended. Mrs. Epstein has had a floral business for 35 years, which focuses on charity work.

Rosemarie L. Fisher, MD

Rosemarie L. Fisher, M.D., is Professor Emerita, Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Yale School of Medicine and Chair of the Advisory Council of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Chair of the Governance Committee.  She previously has served as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Program Director for Internal Medicine at Yale.  She has also served as Chair of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies and a Board Member of the Association of American Medical Colleges; Chair of the Review Committee for Internal Medicine of the Accreditation Committee for Graduate Medical Education.

Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN

Dr. Lorraine Frazier is Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing. She joined Columbia Nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), where she was Professor and Dean of the Cizik School of Nursing. Prior to that, Dr. Frazier was the Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is also an accomplished cardiovascular, genetics researcher and a national expert in biobanking.

Sandra O. Gold, MS, EdD

Sandra Gold, EdD is the co-founder of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She is a member of Columbia University Health Science Advisory Council and a board member of the Jewish Community Association of North America.

Pedro “Joe” Greer, Jr., MD

Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer is Dean and Professor of the Roseman University College of Medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada. Previously, Dr. Greer served as Professor of Medicine, Founding Chair of Humanities, Health, and Society, and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He established Camillus Health Concern, Inc. and Saint John Bosco, health centers for underserved populations in Miami-Dade County, Florida, and has received numerous recognitions, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” Fellowship. He is the author of Waking Up in America.

Darrell G. Kirch, MD

Darrell G. Kirch is President Emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which represents the nation’s medical schools, their teaching hospitals and health systems, and related academic societies. Dr. Kirch’s career spans all aspects of academic medicine and includes leadership positions at two medical schools and academic health systems, as well as at the National Institutes of Health. He speaks and publishes widely on the need for transformation in the nation’s healthcare system and how academic medicine can lead change across medical education, biomedical research, and patient care.

Vice Chair

Lisa Kravet, Esq

Vice Chair

Lisa G. Kravet, Esq. has been at Kravet Inc. since 1986.  She was a practicing attorney from 1983 to 1986, working at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius as well as Grutman, Miller, Greenspoon, Hendler and Levin.  Both are New York City firms specializing in labor and employment law.  Ms. Kravet is a board member of Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids and of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

Barbara A. Lee, PhD

Barbara A. Lee, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management at Rutgers University, where she previously served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. At Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm, Dr. Lee provides higher-education clients with legal counsel in all aspects of education law. Dr. Lee co-authored the treatise The Law of Higher Education, considered one of the most recognized treatises on higher education law in the country. She is a former director for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and is currently editor of NACUA’s Journal of College and University Law.

Kimberly D. Manning, MD

Kimberly D. Manning, MD is a general internist/hospitalist at Grady Memorial Hospital and 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 has been awarded numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage To Teach Award. She is a prolific writer and authors a blog called “Reflections of a Grady Doctor,” which was named in 2010 by O, The Oprah Magazine, as one of four medical blogs you should read. Follow her at @gradydoctor.

Kathleen Reeves, MD

President and CEO


Kathleen Reeves, MD, is President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Urban Health and Population Science, the Center for Urban Bioethics, and the Department of Pediatrics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Her previous leadership roles at the Katz School of Medicine included Founding Director, Center for Urban Bioethics; Chair, Department of Urban Health and Population Science; Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs; and inaugural Senior Associate Dean for the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She is a Gold Humanism Honor Society member.


Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA


Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, is the 17th president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Downstate Medical Center. An academic primary care general internist, Dr. Riley is also Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Policy & Management at SUNY Downstate. He has served as the president of the American College of Physicians, the president/CEO of Meharry Medical College, and vice president and vice dean at Baylor College of Medicine. Among his many honors, he is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh

Arthur H. Rubenstein is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He served as Dean of the Perelman School and was the Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System.  He was the Lowell T. Coggeshall Distinguished Service Professor of Medical Sciences and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He serves on the boards of PinnacleCare, Safeguard Bioscience, and the Joslin Medical Center.

Jeffrey L. Saltzer, CPA

Jeffrey Saltzer is a Partner in the Marcum Family Office group and a member of its High-Net-Worth Individuals Practice group. He has more than 30 years experience providing business management, financial advisory and strategic tax planning services. Saltzer is one of the founding board members of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and served as Treasurer from 1988-2015.

Mark Seiden

Mr. Seiden is the President of International Technology Solutions in White Plains, NY.

Patricia S. Sexton, MS, DHEd, FNAOME

Patricia S. Sexton, MS, DHEd, FNAOME is the Associate Dean for Curriculum and tenured Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM). She has over 30 years of experience in osteopathic medical education and research. As Associate Dean, Dr. Sexton oversees curriculum and assessment for years 1 – 4 of medical education, works with sponsored residency program faculty, and chairs faculty development for the medical school. She is Chair-Elect of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Advisory Council. Dr. Sexton works nationally and internationally to promote sound medical education practices aimed at creating compassionate and competent physicians to improve patient care and society.

Chairman of the Board

Richard C. Sheerr

Chairman of the Board

Richard C. Sheerr is President of Willings Advisors LLC.  Prior to that, he served as the President of The Wagman Primus Group, LP from 1995 to 2014, and the President of Crown Textile Company from 1970 to 1993.  Mr. Sheerr served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Einstein Healthcare Network, and chaired the Moss Rehab Hospital from 1990 to 1993.

Lawrence G. Smith, MD

Dr. Lawrence Smith, MD, MACP, is the founding dean of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief at Northwell Health. Dr. Smith was formerly at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan where he served as dean and chairman of medical education, founder and director of the school’s Institute for Medical Education, professor of medicine and an attending physician.

Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN

Eileen Sullivan-Marx is the Dean of the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing, a top-ranked school of nursing in education, research, and innovation. She is the current President of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) leading this organization to respond to the health needs of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an expert in community-based care for older adults and PACE Programs, Dr. Sullivan-Marx formerly was a Senior Advisor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as an American Political Science Association Health & Aging Fellow. She has been recognized for her community work in New York City during Superstorm Sandy by Village Cares, the 2019 Hall of Fame by Irish America, and the United Hospital Fund.

George Thibault, MD

Dr. George Thibault, MD is the immediate past president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and Director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Thibault was Chairman of the Board of the MGH Institute of Health Professions and was on the Boards of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Lebanese American University. In addition, he served on the President’s White House Fellows Commission and chaired the Special Medical Advisory Group for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Alice Vilma, MBA

Alice Vilma. MBA, is a managing director on the Multicultural Client Strategy Team at Morgan Stanley and co‐head of the Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab. Ms. Vilma has 20 years of investment banking, capital markets, structured finance and investing experience across various asset classes and sectors. She serves on the boards of Freefrom and New York Road Runners, and is a member of the University of Miami President’s Council.

Barry Waldorf, Esq

Barry Waldorf, Esq. worked for more than 30 years at United States Trust Company of New York and retired as the Senior Fiduciary Officer and a Managing Director of that company. He is on the Board of the Mellam Family Foundation and is on the Leadership Council of the  Roundabout Theater Company and the Patrons’ Council of Manhattan Theatre Company.

Karen E. Watson

Karen E. Watson is a strategic communications and public policy expert who specializes in health and wellness. She has served as an executive at Nielsen and the chief communications officer of the Federal Communications Commission. She was the primary driver behind the innovative “Drink Up” project, a national public health campaign to encourage Americans to drink more water. She is a board member of Farmer’s Fridge and Wholesome Wave.

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD

Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD is the Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the New York University School of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the NYU Langone Medical Center.  Dr. Zuckerman chairs the Medical Advisory Board for Apos Therapy, Inc., Hip Innovation Technology and J3Personica.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.