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Published on March 30, 2015

Happy Doctors' Day!

Special doctors deserve special recognition. This is why on National Doctors' Day, March 30, UHS extends our thanks for all you do for our patients, community and hospitals.

History of Doctor's Day

The first Doctors' Day was observed on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia at the request of Mrs. Eudora B. Almond, wife of Dr. Cha Almond, Barrow County (Georgia) Medical Society, to recognize the many contributions of local physicians. March 30 symbolizes Doctors' Day because on that day in 1842 Crawford W. Long, M.D., a Georgian, became the first physician to use ether anesthesia in surgery to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck. The Auxiliary of the Borrow County Medical Society suggested this day could be an “observance demanding some act of kindness, gift, or tribute in remembrance of the doctors.” Cards were mailed to physicians and their wives, and flowers were placed on the graves of deceased physicians, including Dr. Long.

Since then, Doctors' Day has been celebrated in many communities across the country by diverse activities that include the donation of medical equipment and furniture to hospitals and nursing homes, delivering meals to the elderly, blood donation drives, health fairs and the awarding of scholarships for studies in the health-related fields. The United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day on March 30, 1958. In 1990, legislation was introduced into the Untied States House of Representatives and United States Senate to establish a National Doctors’ Day. Following overwhelming approval by the House and Senates, then-President George Bush signed a resolution designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day. The first National Doctors’ Day was celebrated in 1991.