National Doctor’s Day is March 30

WVU patients, families can show appreciation

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Many people are grateful to their doctors for helping in the quest for good health. National Doctor’s Day March 30 allows patients to show appreciation for their physicians as part of a holiday dating back to 1842.

West Virginia University patients and families can go online to www.hsc.wvu.edu/development, where they can write a brief personal message to one or more physicians or make a gift in a physician’s honor to support WVU healthcare. 

Established to recognize the first use of anesthesia in a surgical procedure, Doctor’s Day has grown to honor doctors across the country.

“Last year, more than 200 comments recognizing 127 physicians were submitted,” Susan Trantham, director of annual giving at the WVU Health Sciences Center, said. “Forty-five of the 127 physicians were recognized more than once.” In honor of those physicians, WVU also received 45 gifts.

This year, Doctor’s Day will be celebrated with a reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 30 in the west lobby of WVU Hospitals. Patients who participate are invited to attend as are the physicians who are recognized.

Flat pick guitar champion and patient Darel Meadows will perform with friend Robert Shaffer, two-time winner of the National Flat Picking Championship.

WVU neurologists John Brick, M.D., and Catherin Buetefisch, M.D., treated Meadows for a cyst on his spinal cord and task-specific dystonia, a movement disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions. He received BOTOX injections for the task-specific dystonia. The injections restored his ability to play.

Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals; Gary Marano, M.D., interim president and CEO of University Health Associates; and James Brick, M.D., interim dean of the WVU School of Medicine, will speak.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
asj: 03-25-09

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