Students Inducted Into Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Thirteen medical students were among the 42 individuals inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

42 Inducted Into Humanism Honor Society, Goldstein Award Presented

Published April 8, 2013


Forty-two residents, fellows, faculty and medical students were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) and one student received the Goldstein scholarship during a March ceremony.

The GHHS honors students and physicians recognized for their commitment to providing excellent, compassionate care as well as their dedication to patients and families. This year’s inductees are:

Residents and Fellows


  • Thomas Croucher
  • Anthony DePlato

Family Medicine

  • Sandy Glover
  • David Lawrence

General Preventive Medicine

  • Bi Tadzong


  • Michael Beckwith
  • Ryan Schlueter
  • Suruchi Thakore

Internal Medicine

  • Emily Battaglia
  • F. Louis Kirk
  • Bharath Rajagopalan
  • Sartaj Sandhu


  • Salomi Salins
  • Pooja Sofat

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Dhaval Patel


  • Jacob Budny
  • Nikola Zivaljevic


  • Micah Likness


  • Brandon Abbott, combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency
  • Gina Kuwik
  • Emily O'Connell
  • Adam Olewnik  


  • Chandrika Balgobin
  • Zhanna Elberg


  • Edward Cho
  • Jennifer Serfin


  • Christine Abied
  • Matthew Austin
  • Michael Blanco    
  • Jane Caty
  • Francis Coyne
  • Julie Garchow
  • Elizabeth Heller
  • Daniel Luu  
  • Ruchi Mathur
  • Sara Neimanis
  • William Sipprell
  • Kristine So
  • Christina Wong


Pilot Chapter Fosters Humanism

UB was selected by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to create a pilot chapter of the GHHS that promotes and nurtures humanism during residency and fellowship training.

With this pilot chapter, UB is one of just 10 medical schools nationwide to have GHHS chapters for residents and fellows, faculty and emeritus faculty and medical students.

The new chapter builds on the Richard Sarkin/Emeritus Faculty chapter, founded in 2005, which annually recognizes UB medical students and faculty members who have dedicated themselves to practicing medicine humanistically.

Goldstein Scholarship Awarded

Ilya Rabkin, a GHHS member of the class of 2013, received the Dr. Howard R. Goldstein ’74 Memorial Humanitarian Scholarship Award for his dedication to the welfare of others.

The annual award, which commemorates Goldstein’s contributions to medicine and his humanitarian spirit, provides one-year support for third- or fourth-year medical students.

Participants Include Dean, GHHS Founder, Others

Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, offered congratulatory remarks.

Leonard A. Katz, MD, GHHS founder and medical emeritus faculty liaison, opened the ceremony along with Ilya Rabkin.

The resident and fellow induction was led by Colleen Nugent, MD, and Daniel W. Sheehan, MD, GHHS members and resident branch co-advisers.

The class of 2014 student induction was led by David A. Milling, MD, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs and GHHS chapter advisor; Katz announced the faculty inductees.

Margaret W. Paroski, an inductee, was the faculty speaker.