Arnold P. Gold

Arnold P. Gold, MD and Sandra O. Gold, EdD

SOM White Coat Ceremony
Keynote Speaker

February 2005

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ARNOLD P. GOLD, MD has been associated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University for the past 40 years, and is currently Professor of Clinical Neurology and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.  He is also the Secretary of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, serves on several professional advisory boards and is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Myoclonus Research Foundation.

In November 1997, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation was awarded the prestigious Dean's Award for Distinguished Service in Medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  In 1999, Dr. Gold received the Physicians and Surgeons Distinguished Service Award at Commencement at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2001 and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in 2003.

Dr. Gold is the author of more than 80 published articles and several books in the field of Pediatric Neurology and the recipient of many special awards, lectureships and professorships, including the National Brennerman Award in Pediatrics.  He was the 1992 recipient of the Practitioner of the Year award at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.  Listed in Who's Who in Medicine, Healthcare, and Science and Engineering as well as Who's Who in the World, Dr. Gold has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America ” by American Health Magazine.

SANDRA O. GOLD, EdD is the Executive Vice President and co-founder of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.  Dedicated to making the world a better place, her concern for the elderly and those with disabilities has resulted in the creation of many innovative programs to address the special needs of these populations.  She is founding President of both the UJA Federation Community Advocacy Program, promoting lifetime advocacy and care to individuals with disabilities, and the UJA Federation Association for the Developmentally Disabled, which establishes respite services and group homes.
She has served as President of the Florence Heller Research Center of the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America; as Assistant Treasurer of the Jewish Educational Service of North America and chair of one of its task forces on recruitment, development and retention of Jewish educators; and serves on several other national and local philanthropic boards.

Dr. Gold is also founder of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music, a comprehensive community music school that currently serves more than 800 students.  She is a board member of the Myoclonus Research Foundation and is listed in Who's Who in the East, The World and American Women.  Her active leadership in community assistance programs has been recognized by many philanthropic organizations. Additionally, she was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2001 and from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in 2003.