Celebrated nationally on March 30 every year, Doctors Day is the perfect time to say “thank you” to a doctor or other caregiver.
The tradition began in 1933 with Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of physician Charles B. Almond, and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery (1842). Nearly six decades after this first tribute, in 1990, President George Bush formally signed legislation that declared March 30 as “National Doctors Day.”
The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day. Other countries, like India, also show special appreciation for their physicians by celebrating Doctors Day.
Although March 30 is set aside for observance, physicians care for us all year long with a dedication, compassion and commitment that is unique to their profession. Their willingness to serve their community, and devote themselves to the health of others, is something worth recognizing — and celebrating.
In 1933, heart care and cancer care topped the list of medical concerns. That’s not too different from today. But today’s medical landscape includes the phenomenal Scripps physicians who are saving lives with state-of-the-art treatments — like robotic surgery — advancing the future of health care through wireless technologies and transforming medicine through leading-edge research.
On Doctors Day — and every day — we salute our physicians and all physicians for their important contributions to our health and well-being.