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.

Now accepting nominations and applications

The GHHS Nominating Committee is actively seeking Trainees (Student, Resident, Fellow) and Residency or Fellowship Program Directors 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.

To nominate someone or to apply for one of these Advisory Council positions, please click here

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
  • Governance Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Program 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

Gregory Cherr, MD – Chair
Associate Professor of Surgery, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
University at Buffalo, State University of New York , Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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

Scott Shaffer, MD – Immediate Past Chair
Assistant Professor for the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University

Emily Abdoler, MD
Fellow Member
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Jonathan Amiel, MD
Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Terri Babineau, MD, FAAFP
Lynchburg Family Medicine Faculty – Big Island Rural Medicine Appalachia Clinic

Ralph “Nicholas” Burns, MD
Trainee Member / Resident
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Colleen Christmas, MD
Director, Primary Care Leadership Track, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine

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

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

Malika Madhava
Trainee Member / Resident
Sidney Kimmel Medical College – Thomas Jefferson University

Enioluwafe Ojo
Trainee Member / Medical Student (MS4)
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Candice Passerella
Trainee Member / Medical Student (MS4)
Howard University College of Medicine

Hellen Ransom, DHCE
East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine

Patricia Sexton, DHEd, FNAOME
Associate Dean for Curriculum, Department of Family Medicine
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Steven Smith, PhD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Department of Medical Education
The University of Texas at Austin
Dell Medical School

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

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, MA
Director, Medical Humanities Program
University of Florida College of Medicine

Silpa Thaivalappil, MD
Fellow Member

Elizabeth (Betsy) Toll, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Rajitha Devadoss Venkatesh, MD
Fellow Member
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Massachusetts General Hospital

Ex-Officio Members without Voting Rights

Richard I. Levin, MD

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation