Marla J. Gold, MD
Drexel University School of Public Health
Marla J. Gold, MD, is Dean and Professor of Health Management and policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Gold has dedicated her career to understanding and creating integrated systems of health care delivery, issues of public health infrastructure and health administration and leadership. She is board certified in internal medicine and adult infectious disease. In the early 1990s, she served as Philadelphia’s Assistant Health Commissioner for Infectious Disease Control in the Public Health Department, where she was responsible for all reportable and communicable diseases and conditions in Philadelphia. In that role she served as director for the City immunization program, as the regional grantee for the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act and had oversight for all activities pertaining to prevention and control of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. During her tenure in the Philadelphia Health Department, she worked to establish a system of HIV care for under and uninsured Philadelphians at the City’s district health centers and addressed challenging programs including needle exchange and the availability of condoms as part of a comprehensive health education in Philadelphia High Schools.
She has extensive experience working with diverse leaders in health care, government (local, state and federal levels), social services, community-based organizations and neighborhoods in designing and implementing such programs as region-wide comprehensive HIV care. In 1996, she created a multi-site HIV Care program which later grew to be known as the Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice, one of the largest HIV clinical programs providing an array of social and clinical services to men and women with HIV/AIDS. She served as Chief of the Division of HIV/AIDS Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at the former MCP Hahnemann Medical School. She also has experience with managed care, having worked for MCO Health Partners of Philadelphia.
She assumed the Deanship of the Drexel School of Public Health in 2002. The School has a longstanding commitment to issues of health equity and a growing education, research and practice focus on the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Dr. Gold is particularly interested in the relationship between health and human rights and is committed to addressing this critical area throughout the education, public health practice, and the research arms at Drexel. She has published in the area of HIV policy, treatment and prevention and lectured extensively on an array of related topics to diverse audiences. She serves on the Board of the Health Care Improvement Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to quality outcomes among hospital patients in the Greater Philadelphia region. She serves on the Children’s Health Insurance Plan advisory committee and the public health law advisory committee, both of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She also serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee in the national Association of Schools of Public Health. Dr. Gold is a member of the state Children’s Health Insurance Plan advisory board as well as a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health. Among her honors are the US Public Service Assistant Secretary of Health Award for outstanding service to persons with HIV/AIDS, the Sisterhood award from the National Commission of Christians and Jews, and Health Care Provider of the Year in Pennsylvania from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She has been listed as a "top doctor" for women with HIV/AIDS, in Philadelphia Magazine. In November, 2007, she was among the recipients of the "Women of Distinction" awards from the Philadelphia Business Journal for her life work in medicine and public health.