GHHS Advisory Council

GHHS Advisory Council advises and recommends policies and activities for GHHS to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation board and management.  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.

Applying for the Advisory Council

The GHHS Nominating Committee is actively seeking Trainees (Student, Resident, Fellow), Chapter Advisors, and Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine awardees who have a serious interest in the flourishing of humanism in healthcare through the Gold Humanism Honor Society to serve on the GHHS Advisory Council. Apply or nominate a GHHS member today!

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 and Sub-Committees

  • Executive Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Program Committee
  • GHHS Chapter Affairs Committee
  • Medical Student, Resident, and Fellow Well-being Sub-Committee
  • Humanism in Practice: GHHS After Medical School Sub-committee

Learn more about each committee’s role here.

Applications are now being accepted for the committees. GHHS committee meetings are held monthly by conference call, and each member serves a term of 3 years. To apply, please send your CV and a personal statement describing why you’d like to join a particular committee to Louisa Tvito at

Current Advisory Board Members

Rosemarie L. Fisher, MD – Chair
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Director and Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education
Yale School of Medicine, Yale University

Gregory Cherr, MD – Immediate Past-Chair
Professor of Surgery
DIO and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education 
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical SciencesUniversity at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Terri Babineau, MD, FAAFP, MSt (Oxon.) – Member at Large: Faculty
Co-Chair, Medical Student, Resident, and Fellow Well-being Sub-Committee
Associate Professor

Member, Academy of Excellence in Education
PACLAC Primary Care Clerkship Director
Lead Physician/UVA Crozet Family Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Miriam E. Bar-on, MD –  Designated Institutional Officer
Assist. VP for GME and DIO
Einstein Healthcare Network 

Samuel Borer, MD – Resident
PGY1, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
University of Texas, Houston

Cindy Chang, MD – Fellow
Chair, Humanism in Practice: GHHS After Medical School Sub-committee
Clinical 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 

Catherine Derber, MD, FACP – Practicing Physician
Co-Chair, Medical Student, Resident, and Fellow Well-being Sub-Committee

Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School 

Alex Diaz de Villalvilla, MD/ Tow Awardee
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

Charity Evans, MD, MHCM, FACS – Chapter Advisor
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center  

Brian Lich, MD, DTM&H, FACP – Program Director 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, Medical Student
MS4, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Nicola “Nikki” Orlov, MD, MPH/ Tow Awardee and Chapter Advisor
Associate Professor, Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Clerkship Director, Pritzker School of Medicine 
Kathryn Quillen, MD – Resident

PGY1, Obstetrics and Gynecology

West Virginia University Hospitals

Hellen Ransom, DHCE – Chapter Advisor
East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine
Gold Connection Podcast Editor 

Patricia Sexton, DHEd, FNAOME – Member at Large / Faculty
Associate Dean for Curriculum, Department of Family Medicine
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Steven Smith, PhD – Member at Large / Student Affairs Associate
Co-Chair, Chapter Affairs Committee

Dean of Student Affairs,
Department of Medical Education 
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School  

Carol Stanford, MD, FACP, FAAAC – Chapter Advisor
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Medical Director, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic, Truman Medical Center 

Linda Stone, MD
Co-Chair, Chapter Affairs Committee
Special Assistant to the Dean for Humanism and Professionalism Emeritus
Faculty, Department of Family Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, MA – Chapter Advisor
Director of Medical Humanities
University of Florida College of Medicine 

Arvind Suresh, MD – Resident

Elizabeth (Betsy) Toll, MD
Co-Chair, Chapter Affairs Committee
Practicing Physician Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine  
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

Rajitha D. Venkatesh, MD – Member at Large / Faculty
Chair, GHHS Program Committee
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
The Ohio State University College of Medicine 

Ex-Officio Members without Voting Rights

Kathleen Reeves, MD

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Louisa Tvito, MSW

AVP, Gold Humanism Honor Society
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation