Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award

The Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award is presented annually to a woman who exemplifies humanism and has advanced, through her scholarship, advocacy, leadership or work, the well-being of underserved or at-risk populations in the healthcare arena.Learn more about Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz and benefactor Dr. Ronald Arky.

Thank you to those who submitted a nomination for 2022. The nomination period has closed and we are now reviewing all submissions.

2021 Honoree

Dr. Ruby Mendenhall is the Kathryn Lee Baynes Dallenbach Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Associate Dean for Diversity and Democratization of Health Innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. She is also the Co-Director of STEM Illinois and the Director of the medical school’s new Health Maker Lab node.

The two 2021 honorable mentions are Dr. Lara Carson Weinstein, from Thomas Jefferson University Department of Family & Community Medicine, Project HOME, Pathways to Housing PA, and Dr. Mildred MG Olivier, from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Read the full 2021 announcement.

Advocacy & Grassroots Change Video Featuring 5 Hurwitz Winners

Captured in the below video recording, a wonderful “Advocacy & Grassroots Change” session at the Gold Foundation’s 2021 Humanism & Healing Conference features five Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award honorees in conversation: Veda Johnson, MD, Nancy Oriol, MD, Dinali Fernando, MD, Mardge Cohen, MD, and 2020 honoree Nani Cuadrado, PA. These remarkable women share how they identified a problem within healthcare for at risk populations and successfully advocated for change.

The conversation follows the presentation of the award to Hoonani (Nani) Cuadrado, Director of Valley Health Partners Street Medicine in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, along with remarks from Gold Foundation President/CEO Dr. Richard I. Levin, benefactor Dr. Ron Arky, and Pearl’s daughter, Julie Seelig.

The Gold Foundation champions humanism in healthcare, which we define as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. Those honored by the Gold Foundation with the Pearl Birnbaum Humanism in Healthcare Award are expected to reflect these values in daily practice and strive to be exemplars of humanism in healthcare