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SUNY Downstate president Wayne Riley appointed to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board of Trustees

Karen E. Watson, communications and health policy expert, also named as Trustee


Brooklyn, NY—SUNY Downstate Medical Center and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board Chair Richard C. Sheerr today announced that SUNY Downstate President Wayne J. Riley, M.D. was appointed as a Trustee to the Board of New Jersey-based Gold Foundation, an organization that champions the human connection in healthcare. Appointed as a Trustee along with Dr. Riley was Karen E. Watson, a communications and public policy expert in health and wellness. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Riley and Ms. Watson, both outstanding leaders in the healthcare arena who understand so fully why this is an urgent time in history to stand up for humanism,” said Richard I. Levin, President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a leading nonprofit that works with organizations and clinicians around the world to support humanistic patient care. “We look forward to working with them both to help push the future of healthcare in the direction of more empathetic, compassionate care for both patients and the whole healthcare team – an absolutely critical mission in our era.”

“I am honored to join the Gold Foundation as a Trustee,” said SUNY Downstate Medical Center President Wayne J. Riley, MD. “The foundation’s work is most significant in a fast-evolving world where a greater need exists for compassion and connection with patients. I look forward to working with Ms. Watson and my fellow Trustees to sustain Arnold Gold’s legacy of this nurturing approach to patient care.” “I’m thrilled to be engaged with the Gold Foundation,” said Ms. Watson. “In a time of radical technological change and advancement in medicine, the human connection between health professionals and patients and the mission of the foundation have never been more important.”

About The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

The Gold Foundation is a nonprofit organization that champions the human connection in healthcare. For 30 years, the foundation has worked to infuse compassion and empathy in medicine, engaging medical schools, health systems, companies and individual clinicians around the world. The foundation is perhaps best known for the now iconic White Coat Ceremony, which marks the start of training with a recognition of the importance of caring compassionately for patients, and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which has more than 30,000 members selected for their humanistic care. Read more about the Arnold P. Gold Foundation here.



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.