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Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

In 2009, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation selected the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) as one of three medical specialty societies to confer the Gold Foundation’s new Humanism in Medicine Award, with the goal of advocating for the compassion, empathy, and sensitivity displayed by practicing physicians caring for their patients. These goals align with our AAO-HNS/F vision of “Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care.”

2016 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award RECIPIENT: Susan D. McCammon, MD

The 2016 awardee is Susan D. McCammon, MD. Dr. McCammon, associate professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, has served as the medical director of the only non-profit hospice care center in Galveston County, TX, for the last three years. She is also the faculty sponsor of the Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (HPCO), an interprofessional student interest group. As such, she has the added responsibilities that include leading their annual training event.

Not only does Dr. McCammon exhibit dedication to being a leader and mentor, working to advance her area of specialty, but her commitment to underserved populations reveals her incredible passion for assisting those that would otherwise go without. In fact, after Hurricane Ike, she logged more than 400 hours of hospice and palliative care while volunteering to assist marginalized patients affected in the aftermath of this natural disaster. Her service in this capacity not only ensured that medically underinsured patients received proper care, through this work she became board certified in hospice and palliative care in 2012. Since then, she has penned multiple publications and presentations. She serves the AAO-HNS/F coherently as Ethics Committee chair.

In observation of her ongoing work over the years, the Academy agrees that Dr. McCammon is humanism personified, exemplifying the qualities that are celebrated in the Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2015: Susan R. Cordes, MD, FACS
  • 2014: Raul M. Cruz, MD
  • 2013: Phyllis B. Bouvier, MD
  • 2012: Charles Moore, MD
  • 2011: Howard S. Kotler, MD, FACS
  • 2010: Ellen M. Friedman, MD
  • 2009: Steven F. Isenberg, MD