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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 being “the global leader in optimizing quality ear, nose, and throat patient care.”

2019 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award recipient: David A. Shaye, MD, MPH

This year's awardee is David A. Shaye, MD, MPH. Dr. Shaye is an otolaryngologist and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a career focus in global surgery. For nearly half the year, Dr. Shaye teaches and performs surgery in Africa and Asia, focusing on surgical care delivery in low-resource settings. In the United States, Dr. Shaye practices facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston, MA. He holds dual faculty appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and at Rwanda's Central University Teaching Hospital in Kigali.

Dr. Shaye has a longstanding relationship with the Rwandan Ministry of Health, resulting in improvement in Rwandan surgical trainee education, development of facial trauma training tracks, teaching head and neck dissection courses, and mentorship on research projects. In northern Nigeria, Dr. Shaye partners with Doctors Without Borders to perform pediatric facial reconstruction for children with noma, a destructive disease of the face that afflicts the malnourished poor. At the Nepal Cleft and Burn Center, Dr. Shaye collaborates with Nepalese surgeons to enact a Mobile Surgical Scout program, where lay people are taught to identify cleft patients living in the Himalayas and recruit them for surgery in mobile camps. This program was featured on CNN's Vital Signs with Sanjay Gupta.

In partnership with the AO Foundation, Dr. Shaye codeveloped a facial trauma curriculum tailored to low-resource settings. He has a longstanding track record delivering cleft lip and palate care in Zimbabwe and works closely with Bhutan's Ministry of Health in providing surgical education in remote settings.

Dr. Shaye, his wife Jessica, and their three daughters enjoy splitting their time between Rwanda and Boston each year.


Past Winners include: 

  • 2018: Mark G. Shrime, MD, MPH, PhD
  • 2017:Mark E. Zafereo Jr., MD.
  • 2016: Susan D. McCammon, MD
  • 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