Advisory Council and Committees

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Advisory Council was created in September 2012 to support and further the mission of the Society. The GHHS Advisory Council advises and recommends policies and activities for the Society to the staff and board of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The Council also assesses and responds to members’ needs to further the mission of GHHS. The Council meets four times a year, either via conference calls or at face-to-face meetings.

Who is Eligible to Serve on the Advisory Council?

The Advisory Council is composed of students, residents, fellows, deans, institution officials, program directors, practicing physicians, GHHS Chapter Advisors, Tow Award winners, members at large, and a trustee of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Policies and Procedures for Governance of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

Advisory Council Committees:

  • Executive Committee — functions as the administrative advisory committee for the GHHS, serving as an authority for the Advisory council between meetings, delegating responsibilities to committees, and reviewing new chapter applications.
  • Governance Committee — stewards the Policies and Procedures for Governance of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, examining issues that arise pertaining to governance of the GHHS, identifying a slate of candidates and overseeing the selection process for vacancy positions on the Advisory Council and its committees.
  • GHHS Chapter Affairs Committee — is dedicated to supporting the work of GHHS chapters around the world and promoting active, robust humanistic communities in our member schools. It provides resources, support groups, and a place where Chapter Advisors, and student leaders can troubleshoot challenges, find guidance and mentoring, and forge connections with GHHS students and leaders and the Gold Foundation staff.
  • GHHS Wellness Sub-Committee — aims to change the culture of wellness in medicine by identifying and addressing gaps in the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of all healthcare professionals, to support colleagues and offer the best patient care.
  • Humanism in Practice: Through Residency and Beyond Sub-Committee — works on identifying ways for our GHHS members who have left medical school to stay actively engaged with Gold Foundation programming. The mission of the GHHS Humanism in Practice Sub-committee is to promote networking and create spaces for meaningful engagement beyond medical school among GHHS alumni members.
  • Program Committee — works closely with GHHS staff in planning and implementing national programming for its chapters and the Gold community.

Current Advisory Council Members:

Role in GHHSMember information
ChairRosemarie L. Fisher, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Director and Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education
Yale School of Medicine, Yale University
Chair-Elect
Chair, Governance Committee
Patricia Sexton, DHEd, FNAOME
Associate Dean for Curriculum, Department of Family Medicine
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Immediate Past-ChairGregory Cherr, MD
Professor of Surgery
DIO and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
Miriam E. Bar-on, MD
Assist. VP for GME and DIO
Einstein Healthcare Network
Co-chair, GHHS Humanism in Practice: Through Residency and Beyond Sub-committeeCindy Chang, MD
Fellow, Division of Emergency Medicine
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Colleen Christmas, MD
Director, Primary Care Leadership Track, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
Rachel Cramton, MD, FAAP, FHM
Program Director
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Palliative Care
University of Arizona College of Medicine- Tucson
Banner University Medical Center- Diamond Children’s Medical Center
Chair, GHHS Well-being Sub-CommitteeCatherine Derber, MD, FACP
Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Tow AwardeeAlex Diaz de Villa, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Brian Lich, MD, DTM&H, FACP
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Section of General Internal Medicine
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Department of Medicine
University of Oklahoma
Matthew Linz
PGY1, Resident, General Surgery,
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Tow Awardee and Chapter AdvisorNicola “Nikki” Orlov, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Clerkship Director, Pritzker School of Medicine
Kathryn Quillen, MD –
PGY1 Resident, West Virginia University
West Virginia University Hospitals
Chapter AdvisorHellen Ransom, DHCE
East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine
Gold Connection Podcast Editor
Co-Chair, GHHS Chapter Affairs CommitteeSteven Smith, PhD Student Affairs Associate
Dean of Student Affairs, Department of Medical Education
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Carol Stanford, MD, FACP, FAAAC
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Medical Director, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic, Truman Medical Center
Arvind Suresh, MD
PGY1 Resident, University of California San Francisco
Co-chair, Chapter Affairs CommitteeElizabeth (Betsy) Toll, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Chair, GHHS Program Committee
Rajitha D. Venkatesh, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
President/CEO - Ex-Officio Members without Voting RightsKathleen Reeves, MD
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
AVP, Gold Humanism Honor Society - Ex-Officio Members without Voting RightsLouisa Tvito, MSW
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation