Dr. Arnold P. Gold, one of the true giants in child neurology and, indeed, American medicine, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the age of 92. Dr. Gold was a founder of modern child neurology and a longtime colleague and collaborator of  many others who gathered at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in the 1960s and 70s. A charter member of the Child Neurology Society and recipient of the 2005 CNS Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Gold was a beloved teacher and mentor for many now senior pediatric neurologists who trained at Babies Hospital and often heard the words “care for the family, not just the patient”. Dr. Gold is perhaps best known for founding in 1988, along with his wife, Dr. Sandra Gold, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, dedicated to fostering humanism in medicine. The White Coat Ceremony that medical students participate in at the beginning of their medical school training was the Golds’ “brainchild”.  The first ceremony was in 1993 at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and has since spread to nearly every medical school in the United States and more than a dozen countries overseas. In 2010, the first Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award at the Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting was presented to Dr. Ruth Nass; this year’s recipient, to be honored this fall in Chicago, is Dr. Audrey Foster-Barber. The Gold Foundation also supports a biennial Humanism in Medicine Forum at the CNS meeting.  

Dr. Gold is survived by his wife, Sandra; his children, Dara Silver, Stephen and Michele Silver, Jeni Arnold, Amelia Gold and Brian Benson, and Maggie Gold Seelig and Jonathan Seelig; and 13 grandchildren. The funeral will be Thursday January 25th at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 180 Piermont Road, Closter, NJ. 

A full obituary will be posted on the CNS website in the coming weeks.