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.

2022 Honorees

Dr. Thuy Bui

The 2022 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award will be presented to Dr. Thuy “Twee” D. Bui. Dr. Bui is a Professor of Medicine and has been the Director of the Global Health Residency Track at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) and UPMC for over 15 years. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Health Equity, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, and the African Studies Program, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Read the announcement of Dr. Bui’s award.

Dr. Bonita F. Stanton will be given a special posthumous award. Dr. Stanton was Founding Dean of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Read the announcement of Dr. Stanton’s award.

The three 2022 honorable mentions are Dr. Julie Aultman, from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Dr. Jennifer L. Haak, from Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Aliza S .Norwood, from University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. Read the announcement of Drs. Aultman, Haak, and Norwood’s award.

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