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Julie Aultman from NEOMED.

Interim dean honored for leadership skill and humanism

Julie Aultman, Ph.D., interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Northeast Ohio Medical University, was among the women recently recognized by the Arthur P. Gold Foundation.

The 2022 Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Medicine Award was presented to Thuy “Twee” D. Bui, M.D., from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Aultman, along with Jennifer L. Haak, M.D., the University at Buffalo, and Aliza S. Norwood, M.D., the University of Texas at Austin, received an honorable mention for the award.

“The Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award recognizes extraordinary women leaders in healthcare who are imaginative about progress. Who embrace the variables and unknowns. Who push the boundaries of what is possible. Women who care, listen, and act. Drs. Aultman, Haak and Norwood have each been lifelines for humanism at a time when our collective resolve is being tested. We are delighted to honor their service,” said Richard I. Levin, President and CEO of the Gold Foundation.

The Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Award honors women who exemplify humanism and have advanced the well-being of underserved or vulnerable populations.

Eugene Mowad, M.D., interim dean of the College of Medicine, wrote in his nomination: “If you asked any one of Dr. Julie Aultman’s colleagues how you would describe her, these words would be uttered: compassionate; student advocate; champion for the underserved and health equity; incredibly hard worker; clinical ethicist who serves multiple institutions; expert researcher on bioethical issues. Personally, I cannot think of another faculty member who has so much energy to teach as much as she teaches, engage students in her research efforts and field experiences, work with underserved patients in clinical and community environments, and handle so many committees that address the concerns of our diverse communities.”