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Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)


About GHHS

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is a national organization that recognizes medical students, residents and physicians who exemplify humanism in medicine. Humanism in medicine is caring for people — rather than treating diseases. It is caring for the suffering of others by showing respect, compassion, and empathy as well as by being sensitive to the values, autonomy and cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others.

Gold Humanism Honor Society members are chosen because they exemplify the humanistic approach to patient care and can serve as role models for others. Their election means they are seen as the kind of physician their colleagues would choose as their own.

Class of 2025

Medical Student Inductees

  • Jazmin Barcenas
  • Nissma Bencheikh
  • Lana Bridi
  • Annika Carlson
  • Emmanuel Elijah
  • Grace Feng
  • Benjamin Goldstein
  • Dylan Hutson
  • Tanya Jain
  • Megan King
  • Sarah Lagan
  • Carson McCann
  • Ryan Miller
  • Anna Ou
  • Karthik Ramesh
  • Camila Reyes Martinez
  • Gabrielle Shuman
  • Ryan Sindewald
  • Sharon Truong
  • Nisha Uppuluri

Previous GHHS Inductees Joining the Class of 2025

  • Ravi Agarwal
  • Alan Aung
  • Veena Do
  • Alyssa Martin
  • Sahit Menon
  • Jack Ryan

 Resident Inductees

  • Austin Ayer, Medicine
  • Claire Bensard, Surgery
  • Emily Yang, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Katrina Lambeth, Pediatrics
  • Lauren D'Andrea, Psychiatry
  • William Ueng, Neurology

GHHS Faculty Award

  • Simerjot Jassal, MD - Internal Medicine


  • Ramon Aldecoa - Staff Advisor, UGME
  • Michelle Johnson, MD - Faculty Advisor, Family Medicine

Patient Advocacy

Current members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society are continuing a patient advocacy program coordinated with the Volunteer Services program with UC San Diego Health. The goal of this volunteer program is to provide UC San Diego Medical Center patients with companionship, emotional support, and sometimes foreign language translation service. The Gold Humanism Society of University of California San Diego School of Medicine conceived of this project to improve the patient experience and involve volunteers in the provision of humanistic medicine.