How does a patient praise the physician who saved their singing voice or the doctor who swiftly treated a patient after their cancer diagnosis — and ultimately saved their life?

One way you can do this is to celebrate National Doctor’s Day. Observed March 30, Doctor’s Day was established to recognize physicians for their hard work and contributions to society. On this day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for their devotion and all that they do for us and our loved ones.

Every year, we ask our grateful patients to join us in this nationwide celebration by paying tribute to an outstanding doctor at Keck Medicine of USC with a donation in his or her honor, as well writing a note of appreciation. Doctor’s Day notes will be hand delivered to your doctor during our Doctor’s Day recognition events.

History of National Doctor’s Day

  • Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, first conceived of the day in 1933 in Winder, Georgia. The first observance included a luncheon for local physicians, mailed greeting cards and flowers placed on graves of deceased doctors.
  • The date commemorates the first time ether was administered as a surgical anesthetic. It was first used in 1842 by Crawford W. Long, MD.
  • In 1990, President George H. W. Bush officially recognized the numerous contributions of physicians by formally designating March 30 as National Doctor’s Day.
  • The red carnation is widely regarded as the symbolic flower of National Doctor’s Day, signifying the virtues of love, charity, sacrifice, bravery and courage.

Have you thanked your doctor recently? This is the perfect time to do so.

Our doctors are more than just members of our medical staff. They are caregivers. They are trusted advisors. They are friends and heroes. They are the heart of our medical enterprise. Honor your Keck Medicine of USC doctor by making your donation and writing your note of appreciation today!

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