The Gold Foundation’s 2021 Annual Gala 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created immense upheaval in the world. We salute our healthcare professionals. Their courage, compassion and dedication to their patients is humanism in action. We are so grateful for their incredible work in this unprecedented time. 

Every year we celebrate such extraordinary humanism at our Annual Gala, bringing together so many who believe strongly in our mission. In 2021, our Annual Gala was virtual and held on Thursday, June 10th. 

We honored hundreds of Champions of Humanistic Care and awarded the 2021 National Humanism in Medicine Medal to three titans of humanism in healthcare: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Wayne Riley, Dr. Eric Topol. Read more about them below. Dr. Fauci accepted his medal on behalf of all healthcare professionals who have cared with such compassion and courage in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2021 Honorees 

The Gold Foundation honored three visionary leaders who embody the ideal of placing human interests, values and dignity at the core of healthcare: 

dr_fauci Dr. Anthony Fauci, Iconic Leader in U.S. Healthcare, Global Pioneer in Infectious Disease Research, and Compassionate Advocate of the American People during the COVID-19 Pandemic 
dr_riley Dr. Wayne J. Riley, Celebrated 17th President of SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Luminary of Medical Education Educator, and Transformative Leader for Health Equity and Humanism in Healthcare 
dr_topol Dr. Eric Topol, Renowned Molecular Cardiologist and Geneticist, World Leader in Medical Research, Humanist Practitioner, and Bestselling Author on the Future of Medicine