2007 Inductees

Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony - April 25, 2007

Student Inductees:  Front Row (L. to R.):    Kristin Orr Bresowar, Faculty Advisor Dr. Ramsey K. McGowen, Michele Gourley. Back Row (L. to R.):     Seth Brown, Patrick Jensen, Daniel Grant, Hannah Warren, Kellie Sorrell, Mike Davis, Not Pictured: Matt Stone

2007 Inductees

2007 Recipients of the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards Presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation



Resident Physicians

Todd Aiken, M.D.*      Pediatrics
Jill Clark, M.D.    Surgery
Patricia Conner, M.D. Family Medicine
Brooke Foulk, M.D. OB/GYN 
Ranjay Halder, M.D. Psychiatry 
Vijay Ramu, M.D. Internal Medicine

* 2005 GHHS Inductee


Class of 2008


Kristin Orr Bresowar

Kristin Orr Bresowar

Kristin believes part of her responsibility as a physician is to use her education to improve the life of both citizens and immigrants by providing them with the same level of health care she would want for her family.  She enjoys working  in undeserved areas, and has participated in a weekend RAM (Remote Area Medical) health clinic in rural Virginia, assisted in developing a smoking cessation curriculum for pregnant mothers in Newport, TN, and provided basic health care and screening at a local migrant workers camp.  Kristin thinks one of the most important jobs she will have as a physician will be using the power of listening to to help her patients heal. She tries to facilitate communication by showing respect for the people she meets and trying to imagine what it would be like to be in their shoes.  Kristin believes her compassionate and non-judgmental approach with patients enhances her efforts to encourage them to be physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy.   

Seth Allen Brown


Seth Allen Brown

Seth strives on a daily basis to not only learn the pathology behind the diseases health care providers treat, but also the complicated human interaction with which physicians are faced.  Through illness in his own family, Seth has learned how to better connect with patients and understand their hopes and fears related to their illness. As a medical student, he feels he is learning the power of holding a patient’s hand and truly connecting with them as a person – a lesson he describes as ongoing and requiring “fine tuning” every day that he practices.  Seth has been active in various student organizations and service activities throughout his time in medical school.  He has served as a QCOM Student Ambassador since 2004, was a student member of QCOM Learning Resources Advisory Council in 2004,  and a member of QCOM Honor Council in 2006.  Seth participated in childhood obesity research in a rural elementary school and educated fifth grade students about healthy food choices and exercise.


 Michael Grant Davis


Michael Grant Davis


Mike strongly believes in the value of the human life and humanity.  He feels that it is important to focus the care of his patients as an interaction between two persons rather than a physician/authority and patient/subject.  Mike has been very active in rural health fairs and immigrant worker clinics;  providing free health care, exams and lab testing to patients.  Since 2002, he has volunteered with AfricaHope Team, assisting with the organization’s integrated response to HIV/AIDS in Southwestern Kenya.


Michele Kay Gourley

Michele Kay Gourley


Michele believes physicians often get caught up in the rigors of the academics and technology required by medicine, and fail to see patients as anything more that a set of symptoms or lab values.  She feels it is important to remember each patient is a person and that health is more than the physical manifestation of a disease; it involves emotional, social, and spiritual components as well.  Through her service in Latin America and Tennessee, Michele has learned these important aspects of health and has seen the importance of treating every patient with respect and compassion regardless of ethnic, social, or economic background. As a medical student, Michele participated in two mission trips.  In 2005 she helped Health Talents International  provide medical care to the indigenous people of Guatemala, and in 2006 she assisted with medical interpretation and treatment for one week in Nicarauga.  As a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, Michele coordinated fundraisers to raise money for organizations in Haiti and Malawi.  She has been active with the Johnson City Downtown Clinic’s migrant clinic;  volunteering biweekly in fall 2004 and 2005, and writing and assisting the Family Medicine Interest Group with the presentation of health skits. In 2004, Michele volunteered one night per month at the Church Hill (TN) Clinic where she assisted with medical interpretation.

Daniel Ryan Grant

Daniel Ryan Grant


Daniel attended high school in Kenya, an experience he says gave him a great appreciation for being an American and all the benefits that it entails.  Being a medical student has made him understand how powerful a title “Doctor” will be, and he has been trying to establish a foundation in his life worthy of such a title.  During medical school, Daniel has concentrated on serving others whenever possible.  In his various leadership roles, he focused on what he could do to make things better for current and future students.  He served as Class President during his first year, and as a  member of the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), Daniel co-authored “Quillen’s Quirks”, a handbook for incoming students. The goal of the handbook was to encourage as well as help alleviate some of the overwhelming stress often felt by first-year students and to help formalize some of the advice often provided by upperclassmen. In 2005,  Daniel participated in a medical mission trip to Ecuador.  In addition, he participated in Tar Wars, a program designed to encourage fourth-grade students to avoid smoking.  

Thomas Patrick Jensen, II


Thomas Patrick Jensen, II

Patrick believes that healing can begin with the holding of a hand, the sharing of tears, and the time taken to expound on a disorder.  And, that healing also requires seeing the patient from every angle. He has worked with leaders in Johnson City’s Hispanic community to assess translation needs and relayed these needs, as well as available resources, to key health care administrators. In 2004-2005, He assisted in the care of patients at a free clinic for the uninsured in Church Hill, TN.  Patrick focuses much of his time and energy ministering to young adults.  He participated in a medical mission trip to Ecuador in 2005, was a 2005-2006 member of Christian Medical and Dental Association Prayer and Praise, and participated in the 2005 Christmas Cheer for Pediatric Patients at Johnson City Medical Center.  Patrick currently serves as a young adult minister and music minister at his church. 


Kellie Taylor Sorrell

Kellie Taylor Sorrell


Kellie has served the community in a variety of ways throughout medical school. Since 2004, she has mentored three children she met through Coalition for Kids, Inc. in Johnson City.   Kelly is active at The Rock Fellowship and coordinated a week-long Vacation Bible School for children in the Tyler and Keystone Communities in 2005 . Kellie helped organize the 2005 SWIM (Student Women in Medicine) Red Cross Blood Drive.  Kellie enjoys meeting new patients and believes it involves more than just taking a history.  She feels being able to recognize and address their fears, uncertainties and other emotions, will enable her to provide the high level of care they deserve. Kellie describes “taking time to understand people and develop a level of trust and relationship with them” as one of her most rewarding experiences in medicine.     

 Matthew Lloyd Stone


 Matthew Lloyd Stone


Matt has been active in various student organizations and service activities throughout his time in medical school.  He is a member of the QCOM Admissions Committee, Honor Council, and Caduceus Club, as well a participant in weekly student-led Bible study and QCOM intramural athletics.  In 2005-2006, Matt participated in tobacco use prevention programs in local elementary schools.  He has been active in international mission work since 2002, and is currently involved with a group that supported the creation of a hospital to serve underprivileged citizens of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  Through service as a medical student, international missionary and pastoral care provider, Matt appreciates and strives for excellence in the care of others.  He has shared the joys and sorrows of each season of life with patients in his community and other regions of the world.  It is with these experiences that he seeks to promote excellence in care that transcends cultural and economic divides.


Hannah Alice Warren


Hannah Alice Warren


Hannah has a strong commitment to work with those who are undeserved and pushed to the margins of society. In addition to providing the highest quality of care to each patient, she believes in working on the structural problems that prevent access to health care, through avenues such as advocacy.  Her interest in poor and undeserved communities spans ten years and two continents.  From a childhood spent in East Africa, first in Kenya and later Ethiopia, Hannah developed a passion for medicine, specifically in addressing human suffering.  She spent a summer in college researching the AIDS crisis in Ethiopia and working at the Sisters of Charity Hospice with women at the end stages of AIDS.  Hannah has since returned several times to Ethiopia as a medical student to work in a HIV/AIDS project providing home-based care and treatment. She believes that working with young HIV-positive women in Ethiopia, or elderly, impoverished patients in rural Appalachia are both pieces of a larger duty to care for our neighbor as we would ourselves.  Hannah has been active in many AIDS-related activities at Quillen.  In 2005-2006, she served as the co-president of the International Health Student Interest Group and co-president of the Ethics Student Interest Group.