OHSU Gold Humanism Honor Society inducts 27 new members in March

April 27, 2015
Connection. Empathy. Patient-centered care.

These values were celebrated by the School of Medicine community on March 16, 2015, when twenty-seven new members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society were inducted into the OHSU chapter, taking a pledge to model, support and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers.

The School of Medicine Gold Humanism Honor Society was founded in 2011 to bring together like-minded individuals to sustain their own humanism and to inspire and nurture humanism in others. Since its founding, students, residents and faculty members have joined over 20,000 peers nationwide in their commitment to compassionate service and leadership. The 2015 inductees include:


  • Joe Skariah, DO, MPH, assistant professor of family medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, medical director, OHSU Family Medicine at Scappoose and associate residency director, OHSU Family Medicine
  • Sandra Irragori, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine

Medical students in the Class of 2016

  • Britta Ameel
  • Katherine Berger
  • Geoffry Gillespie
  • Rebecca Giusti
  • Quinn Halverson
  • Sierra Jansen
  • Sam Klonoski
  • Andrew Lichtenheld
  • Mustafa Mahmood
  • Alex Niu
  • Mari Nomura
  • Bob Pranaat
  • Charlie Procknow
  • Alina Satterfield
  • Heidi Schroeder
  • Kayli Senz
  • Elizabeth Suh
  • Diana Tobler
  • Brandon Tullis
  • RuRu Wang
  • Bryan Wu


  • Saul Ferris, M.D., psychiatry
  • Bryan Overcarsh, M.D., medicine
  • Kate Mackey, M.D., medicine
  • Paco Corbalan, M.D., pediatrics

Established in 2002, the GHHS is an international association of individuals and medical school chapters. Its mission is to foster, recognize and support the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine. The GHHS commits itself to work within and beyond medical education to inspire, nurture and sustain lifelong advocates and activists for compassionate patient care. OHSU started its GHHS chapter in 2011 under the guidance of Carrie Phillipi, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics. Adam Obley, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, is the chapter's current faculty advisor.

The local GHHS chapter is active at annual events like the White Coat ceremony and in support of the National Solidarity Day, during which all providers are encouraged to spend a purposeful five minutes talking to a patient and discovering something they would not have otherwise.