Education lawyer Dr. Barbara A. Lee & Emory Professor Dr. Kimberly D. Manning join the Gold Board of Trustees

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board Chair Richard C. Sheerr has announced two new appointees to the Board of Trustees: Kimberly D. Manning, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Emory University School of Medicine and a leading voice of humanism in academic medicine, and Barbara A. Lee, PhD, a lawyer with deep expertise in higher education and the Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management at Rutgers University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Manning and Dr. Lee to the Board of Trustees at the Gold Foundation, and are grateful for their enthusiastic support of the Gold Foundation and humanism in healthcare,” said Mr. Sheerr. “We look forward to their insights and expertise.”

From left, Dr. Barbara Lee and Dr. Kimberly Manning

Dr. Lee and Dr. Manning joined the Board of Trustees on Sept. 14. The Gold Foundation is a nonprofit organization that champions humanism in healthcare. For more than 30 years, the foundation has worked to infuse compassion and empathy in medicine, engaging medical schools, health systems, companies and individual clinicians around the world. The foundation is perhaps best known for the now iconic White Coat Ceremony, which marks the start of training with a recognition of the importance of caring compassionately for patients, and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which has more than 30,000 members selected for their humanistic care.

About Barbara A. Lee, PhD

“I am so honored to be invited to join the Board of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation,” said Dr. Lee. “I have the greatest respect for those who work tirelessly to return us to health or to prevent illness. As a two-time cancer survivor myself, I can attest to the importance of humanistic treatment of patients and their families. I’m excited to begin my service on the board.”

At Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm, Dr. Lee provides higher-education clients with legal counsel in all aspects of education law, including academic and student affairs, faculty tenure and promotion, diversity hiring initiatives, governance issues and sexual harassment issues. Prior to joining Bond, Dr. Lee was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rutgers University where she continues on as a Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management.

Dr. Lee co-authored, and for decades regularly updated, the treatise The Law of Higher Education, considered one of the most recognized treatises on higher education law in the country. She is a prolific author of other innumerable scholarly books and articles, including A Legal Guide for Student Affairs Professionals, and Academics in Court: The Consequences of Faculty Discrimination Litigation, as well as over 100 articles on employment discrimination and higher education issues.

She is a former director for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), is a regular speaker for the organization and is currently editor of NACUA’s Journal of College and University Law. She frequently serves as an expert for her vast experience in faculty discipline matters and investigations across the country, especially as relates to discrimination. In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Lee is also the former chair of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee.

About Kimberly D. Manning, MD

“This is such a privilege. I am definitely, like many of you, somebody who deeply cares about keeping medicine human and remembering that patients are people. It’s not just because I’m a medical educator; it’s because I’m a daughter, and because I’m a mother, and a sister, and wife, and a friend,” said Dr. Manning. “I’m super honored to be here, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.”

Dr. Manning is a general internist/hospitalist who serves as Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Manning was recently promoted to Professor of Medicine and additionally serves as residency program director for the Transitional Year Residency Program at Emory. Beyond her roles in the Department of Medicine, she has been a society small group advisor at the Emory since their curriculum reform in 2007. Dr. Manning continues to hold this position and currently co-leads the Semmelweis Society—one of the four academic houses in the medical school.

Dr. Manning’s academic achievements include numerous institutional, regional and national teaching awards. She has a strong passion for building and strengthening diverse clinical learning environments as well as cultivating psychologically safe learning climates. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage To Teach Award—given to only 9 program directors across all ACGME residency programs in the U.S. At Emory, she has received the Evangeline Papageorge Award, The Golden Apple Teaching Award, and the Juha P. Kokko Teaching Award—the highest teaching awards in the School of Medicine, Grady Hospital, and Emory’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, respectively.

An avid teacher, Dr. Manning regularly speaks at community events, on podcasts, and has taught at several National and International Medical conferences as an invited lecturer. But most of all, she enjoys the everyday of teaching patients, students, and residents at Grady Memorial Hospital. Additionally, 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. She also enjoys sharing narratives and discussing medical education topics on Twitter.

The Los Angeles area native is a proud alumnus of both Tuskegee University and Meharry Medical College.

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