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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.”

2018 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award RECIPIENT: Mark G. Shrime, MD, MPH, PhD. Dr.

Mark G. Shrime, MD, MPH, PhD. Dr. is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as the Research Director at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he is an otolaryngologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and associate faculty at Ariadne Labs.

His academic pursuits focus on surgical delivery in low- and middle-income countries, where he has a specific interest in the intersection of health and impoverishment. To date, he has worked and taught in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Benin, Togo, Congo, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, and Madagascar. His work aims to determine optimal policies and platforms for surgical delivery that maximize health benefits while simultaneously minimizing the risk of financial catastrophe faced by patients.

Dr. Shrime received his MD from the University of Texas in 2001, followed by a residency in otolaryngology at the joint Columbia/Cornell program in Manhattan, NY, followed by a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Toronto in 2007. He completed a second fellowship in microvascular reconstructive surgery, also at the University of Toronto, in 2008.

Past Winners include: 

  • 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