Arnold P. Gold Memorial Lecture

Dr. Arnold P. Gold with a young patient

The Arnold P. Gold Memorial Lecture was established in 2018 in honor of the memory and accomplishments of Dr. Arnold Gold, who passed away on January 23, 2018, at the age of 92.

Arnold P. Gold treated patients and taught for more than 50 years at Columbia University Medical Center. He inspired multiple generations of physicians and other medical professionals with his compassionate, patient-centered, and humanistic approach to clinical care. 

Dr. Gold was born in Manhattan but at age 13 was sent to live with an aunt in Galveston, Texas, after his father died. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he finished college at the University of Texas, and then completed a master’s degree at the University of Florida and a medical degree from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. His internship was at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans, where he treated children in iron lungs because of polio. He was chief resident at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Albert Sabin who was developing the oral polio vaccine. In Cincinnati, he rode horseback for the Frontier Nursing Service to treat patients in rural Kentucky.

Dr. Gold came to Columbia as visiting chief resident and then returned to do a fellowship in child neurology. During his career at Columbia, he published more than 80 articles and contributed to numerous books.

 In 1988, Dr. Gold and his wife Sandra established the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which has been at the forefront of humanistic healthcare throughout the world, focusing on improving caring and compassion in medicine. The Foundation initiated the White Coat Ceremony, which is now a traditional rite of passage in allopathic and osteopathic medical schools as well as nursing schools in the United States and in 19 other countries. It serves as a welcoming ceremony and an introduction to the importance of patient-centered, compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. In addition, the Foundation recognizes and awards health care professionals and trainees for outstanding clinical, teaching, and interpersonal skills. The Foundation also sponsors lectures, educational programs for students and professionals, writing contests, and fellowships, with the goal of improving humanism in medicine.


2022 Arnold P. Gold Memorial Lecture

Childhood Narcolepsy – State of the Art and Challenges

Suresh Kotagal, MD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Neurology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Suresh Kotagal, MD

Dr. Suresh Kotagal is an Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA.  He has also served as consultant in the Departments of Neurology, Pediatrics and the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

 He received his medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India in 1972. This was followed by an internship in New Delhi, residency training in Pediatrics at Wayne State University in Detroit, a Child Neurology residency at St. Louis University and a Sleep Medicine fellowship at Stanford University. By 1982, he was one of the first pediatric neurology-sleep specialists in the United States.

 Dr. Kotagal has served as chair of the Division of Child Neurology at Mayo Clinic. In 2000, he launched the pediatric component of its sleep medicine program. He has made substantial contributions to clinical sleep medicine, especially in narcolepsy, parasomnias, restless legs syndrome and sleep in neuro-developmental disabilities. He is Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and an elected member of the American Neurological Association. He was awarded the Distinguished Educator award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Lifetime Achievement award by the Child Neurology Society.  Dr. Kotagal has served on editorial boards of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Medicine Reviews, and has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Child Neurology.   Peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters are around 130, with additional four first authored / co-authored textbooks. He has been an ad hoc consultant on the Food and Drug Administration’s neurological and dental devices panel.  Dr. Kotagal had chaired the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the pediatric sodium oxybate clinical trial for narcolepsy-cataplexy, and presently heads the DSMB of another, on-going narcolepsy clinical trial.  He has also served on the Hypersomnia Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which has recently published evidence- based guidelines for treating central hypersomnia disorders.