Letter from new Gold President & CEO Dr. Kathleen Reeves

Dear Gold community,

I am honored and thrilled to be the third President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation! I am looking forward to meeting you, hearing your ideas, and working together toward our shared mission of humanism in healthcare for all.

In so many ways, it feels like coming home. I have been connected to this amazing organization for over 10 years. I was one of the founding faculty advisors of the Gold Humanism Honor Society Chapter at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and I was humbled when I received an Honorable Mention for the Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award in 2018.

I have watched the incredible growth and impact of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation over the last decade. Humanistic programs, tools, and events have been woven into the majority of medical schools, as well as in nursing schools, in the graduate medical education space, with health systems, and with other institutional and corporate partners. We are well poised to make an even bigger difference in the years ahead, and I am excited to learn from and work with the Gold community to bring compassion, true collaboration, and evidence-driven scientific excellence to every corner of the vast spectrum of healthcare.

Together, we can work to assure every patient that their lived experiences are as important as their physiology. We can prioritize the wellness of all healthcare workers who are caring for all of us every day. We can bring humanism into individual spaces and into systems in ways that create healing-centered environments. And we can partner as equals with the communities we are all committed to serving.

Humanism is necessary for health equity.

Humanism improves health at both the individual and community level.

Humanism nurtures clinician well-being.

Humanism counters the effects of racism and other “isms” and forms of marginalization in ways that bring justice.

Humanism addresses so many of the challenges facing healthcare today.

Each of us has a role to play in this important mission. Whether you are a student or a clinician, whether you are a CEO or a patient, whether you are a donor or a dean, your unique perspective and input are valued. We welcome your contributions and passions to together make a difference during this challenging time.

I hope your work with the Gold Foundation deepens in the years to come, and I invite you to connect with me and the Gold staff at kreeves@gold-foundation.org.

I can think of no better job in the world than working with all of you to continue to bring the power of humanism to the center of healthcare.

Warmest regards,




Kathleen Reeves, MD
President and CEO
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation