2021 Gold Gala
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation held a virtual Gala on Thursday, June 10th, and awarded the National Humanism in Medicine Medal to:
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, for his half-century of service and his courageous, empathic, and scientifically rigorous efforts in helping a divided nation combat the global COVID-19 pandemic.
- Dr. Wayne Riley, 17th President of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Medicine, for his exceptional and steadying leadership as the COVID-19 pandemic struck New York City and his unrelenting advocacy for health equity and anti-racism in medicine. He is a Gold Humanism Honor Society member and a Trustee and Secretary of the Gold Foundation.
- Dr. Eric Topol, renowned molecular cardiologist, researcher, and futurist visionary, for his trusted voice blending top-tier science and the essential human connection in bestselling books and myriad platforms, throughout his career and especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Hundreds of compassionate healthcare professionals for their care and courage during the COVID-19 crisis.
All three leaders accepted the medal at the Gold Foundation’s Annual Gala on June 10, 2021, a virtual gathering of the Gold community of clinicians, students, healthcare leaders, patients, deans, CEOs, and supporters of the human connection in healthcare.
The 2021 Gala also honored hundreds of healthcare professionals selected by their institutions. Dr. Fauci accepted his medal on behalf of them and all U.S. healthcare team members for their immense contributions during the COVID-19 crisis.
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