MAG thanks & applauds physicians on National Doctors’ Day

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) honors, thanks and applauds every physician in the state on National Doctors’ Day, which is today, March 30.

“Physicians in Georgia have been selfless and courageous and heroic during the course of the COVID-19 health care threat,” says MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. “They are on the front line of this battle, and they are no doubt saving countless lives.” 

MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D., adds that, “I am so incredibly proud of my fellow physicians. They have provided the calm and strategic vision and leadership that we have needed throughout this crisis.”

Dr. Reisman also credits the volunteer members of the MAG Medical Reserve Corps – who have erected mobile hospitals and are developing a data base of physicians and allied health care providers who are willing to support the state’s efforts to care for COVID-19 patients – and the physicians who volunteer at free and charity clinics in the state. “These talented and community-minded volunteers have provided great hope and inspiration during a really trying time.”      

Palmisano emphasizes that, “Physicians in every specialty and practice setting provide the residents of this state with the essential medical care they need every day, so National Doctors’ Day is a great and appropriate way to honor and recognize these gifted and compassionate individuals – especially in the midst of the current pandemic.”

The first Doctors’ Day took place in Winder, Georgia in 1933. Eudora Brown Almond, who was the wife of Charles B. Almond, M.D., is credited with founding Doctors’ Day as a way of honoring physicians.

The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day in 1958, while President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution in 1990 that designated March 30 as National Doctors’ Day.

Finally, it is worth noting that March 30 was chosen as Doctors’ Day because it was the date that Crawford W. Long, M.D., from Jefferson, Georgia, administered the first ether anesthetic for surgery in 1842.