2006 Inductees

Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony

    Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony- September 13, 2006

Front Row (L. to R.): Connie Stoots, Carlenda Smith, Lauren Chipman, Rebekah Swink Back Row (L. to R.): Kevin Burns, Brian Smith, Patrick Macmillan, Wayne Smith, Faculty Advisor Dr. Ramsey K. McGowen, PhD

2006 Inductees

2006 Recipients of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards Presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Resident Physicians

 Deep Acharya, M.D.  Family Medicine
 Kais Balbissi, M.D. Internal Medicine
 Natalie Duncan, M.D. Surgery
 Howard Herrell, M.D. OB/GYN
 Patrick Macmillan, M.D.   Psychiatry

Class of 2006



Kevin Devany Burns

Kevin has a strong commitment to serving poor and underserved populations, and addressing the social, cultural, economic, and political factors that affect medicine. He spent five months in Burundi, Africa researching health system problems and their relationship to international financial institution policies. Kevin also assisted a U.S. based team to establish a new non-profit organization, Village Health Works, that will support health care in Burundi. He participated in the 2006 Physician for Human Rights (PHR) Global Summit in Washington, D.C. Throughout medical school, Kevin has been active in organizations and projects that focus on international health and HIV/AIDS. 

Lauren Tucker Chipman

Lauren Tucker Chipman

Lauren believes practicing medicine provides the opportunity to exemplify humanism on a daily basis. She has shown compassion and interest in serving the community through various service activities. Lauren volunteered at the Scott’s Farm Migrant Workers Clinic, where she helped to provide health care to the large Hispanic population that comes to the area for seasonal employment. She has volunteered at the Church Hill Free Clinic and helped organize their pharmacy closet. Lauren participated in a medical mission trip to Ecuador in 2005. For the past three years, she has helped mentor ninth grade girls in a local church youth group. Lauren also participated in Tar Wars, where she and fellow classmates spoke with elementary students to promote wellness and discourage the use of drugs and especially tobacco products.

Rebekah Livingston Swink

Rebekah Livingston Swink

Through volunteering at indigent clinics and working in local hospitals, Rebekah has gained a better understanding of the plight of many Americans. She takes pleasure in helping provide health care to those in need through health fairs, clinics, and remote medical expeditions. Rebekah has participated in medical mission trips to Ecuador and Haiti. Since 2004, she has volunteered with Remote Area Medical to provide care for indigent populations in the rural southeastern U.S. She has served the rural towns of Rogersville, Church Hill and Madisonville, TN through educational programs for high school students and senior citizens, health fairs, and assistance at a free health clinic. Rebekah says she finds the greatest reward when health care is accessible, affordable and unadulterated, when the person who benefits most isthe patient.

 Shefali Yeshawant Paranjape

Shefali Yeshawant Paranjape

Shefali has been active in various student organizations and service activities throughout her time in medical school. She volunteered at the Keystone and Downtown Clinics. As a Tar Wars participant, Shefali presented smoking prevention programs in elementary schools. She also presented a STD lecture at Science Hill High School. In 2004-2005, she served as the AMA Service Project Coordinator. Shefali volunteered at a health fair in rural Saltville, VA, where she performed general physical exams, health screenings and phlebotomy. For the past three years, she has been active in the Women’s Health Student Interest Group, setting up meetings with guest lecturers and promoting breast cancer awareness.

Brian Samuel Smith

Brian Samuel Smith

Brian began volunteering with an emergency medical service at age 20 and has remained active in community service since. He has taught American Heart Association Basic Life Support Training for more than four years. Brian is a committed blood donor. He has over 10,000 volunteer hours in rural Walls, Mississippi as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic. In April 2006, he provided primary care services at health clinics in rural Mendota, Virginia and Grundy, Virginia. He volunteered at a Migrant Farm Workers Clinic, assessing vitals, taking histories and triaging patients. For the past two years, Brian has organized bicycle safety events and worked with local police to provide helmets and bicycle safety education to school children.

 Carlenda Monique Smith

Carlenda Monique Smith

Carlenda has served as a positive role model for young people by tutoring and mentoring children in an after school program at Carver Community Center. She also volunteered with Coalition for Kids, another after school program. For the past three years, Carlenda has served as a Peer Tutor. She is active in the newly established MS3 Helpline, providing information and answering questions from students about their third year rotations. In 2004, Carlenda worked with fellow SNMA members to feed the homeless at the downtown homeless shelter. Throughout medical school, she has volunteered at the annual Umoja Festival, taking blood pressure and providing glucose checks.

 Wayne Odell Smith

Wayne Odell Smith

Wayne focuses much of his time and energy on providing care to those in need through his involvement with Remote Area Medical (RAM). Through the structure of RAM, he has directly affected the lives of patients through the making of free custom prescription eyewear. Since 2003, Wayne has participated in more than 20 RAM expeditions in rural areas of Tennessee and Virginia. He served in several RAM missions in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In June 2006, Wayne spent a week as a surgical assistant on RAM's Women's Health Surgical Expedition in Guyana, South America. After graduation, he plans to continue his involvement with RAM and hopes to be involved in the building and management of a new hospital run by RAM in Guyana.

Connie R. Stoots



Connie R. Stoots

Connie has served the community in a variety of ways throughout medical school. As secretary for the International Health Student Interest Group, she organized community tutoring sessions for Spanish-speaking children, and assisted in arranging for guest speakers and movies concerning World Health Issues. While serving as president of her class, Connie arranged a class donation to the Tsunami Relief Fund. She has helped prepare and serve food to the homeless as well as 'shut ins' at the John Sevier Center. She is involved in developing a student/physician mentor program for students interested in Family Medicine. For the past two years, Connie has participated in the Wellapalooza Carnical of Health, a university-wide health promotion, by displaying cadaver organs and discussing the benefits and risks of healthy and unhealthy lifestyles.

Daniel Clay Williams

Daniel Clay Williams

Dan is committed to fostering interest among young people in the sciences and medical school. He has served twice as a judge for the annual University School Science Fair. Dan has volunteered as a student tour guide at Quillen College of Medicine since 2003.In 2003-04, he taught sex education and contraception facts to Science Hill High School students. Through his involvement in the Women's HealthStudent Interest Group, Dan assisted with a single mother's Halloween party. Since 2003, he has served as an intramural football coach, working as a defensive coordinator and assisting with the 2004-05 ETSU women's intramural championship team. Dan served as treasurer of his class and treasurer of the American Medical Association in 2003-04.