RISE

Welcome to the
Robert A. Good Honor Society (RGHS)

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Robert A. Good

Robert A. Good, MD, PhD, DSc, FACP (1922-2003)

In memory, recognition and appreciation of a key Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) leader and physician scientist who spearheaded scholarship locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Good is internationally known as a “father of modern immunology” and his specific contributions include documenting the importance of the lymphocyte in the immune response, the role of the thymus in immune development and the action of the tonsils in mucosal immune defense. Dr. Good’s understanding of the basic sciences facilitated his work on transplantation, where he performed the first successful human bone marrow graft between a 5-month-old boy with immune deficiency and his 8-year-old sister in 1968.

At MCOM, Dr. Good was an active leader in the Department of Pediatrics and served as Physician-in-Chief at All Children's Hospital between 1985-2001.

He has authored, co-authored or edited more than 2,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters and received more than a dozen awards and honorary degrees.

Dr. Good has been described as always exhibiting enormous enthusiasm in the pursuit and debate of biomedical research. Dr. Good’s legacy includes inspiring hundreds of students and fellows to integrate research into their clinical knowledge and practice. As such, he raised the level of excitement for scientific issues including the translational applications of laboratory findings.


One of Bob Good's most enduring traits was his enormous enthusiasm in the pursuit and debate of biomedical research.


Excerpt taken from Max D. Cooper's obituary on Dr. Good from the Journal of Immunology


Mission and Goals of the RGHS

Mission:

To recognize and honor medical students, faculty and alumni who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to improve health outcomes through research, innovation and scholarly endeavors.

Goals:
  • Establish a community for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for continued scholarly growth. 
  • Foster a spirit of lifelong scholarly approach to the practice of medicine. 
  • Support the USF system goal regarding excellence in research and national prominence. 
  • Commitment to model, support, and advocate scholarly activities at MCOM.

Message from the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs

Supported by Dr. Charles Lockwood, Senior Vice President, USF Health and Dean, Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM), the office of Research, Innovation & Scholarly Endeavors (RISE) introduced in academic year 2016-2017, an initiative to recognize medical students, faculty and alumni who have been notably successful in scholarly endeavors.    

Sixteen medical students along with six distinguished faculty members and one alumnus will form the Charter Class of 2017. Inductees received a medallion with Dr. Good's image with an emblem representing his legacy. This "Discovery Torch" emblem has three components. The double helix symbolizes Dr. Good's role as a father of immunology, the torch symbolizes the flame of discovery, and the snake symbolizes his work in medicine and science. Congratulations to the Charter Class of 2017 for their induction into the Robert A. Good Honor Society (RGHS).

Click HERE to read about our Inaugural Induction Ceremony for the Charter Class of 2017. torch

Bryan A. Bognar, MD, MPH, FACP
Vice Dean for Educational Affairs
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine