Thank Your Doctor on National Doctors’ Day — Today!


Today is National Doctors’ Day, a day that reminds people everywhere to appreciate their doctors, and encourages everyone to say “Thank you.” You may be surprised how much doctors appreciate and are motivated by the simple act of a thank you that acknowledges them for what they do and who they are. We’ve made it easy (and free) to send your doctor a traditional red carnation or other flower of your choice as a virtual thank-you note!

I’m privileged to witness every day amazing acts of kindness, caring and compassion from doctors who give of themselves to help others. So far, 67,000 doctors have taken me up on an offer to partner with us to help people on a scale never before imagined.

I’m thrilled that doctors have answered millions of questions, and that together we’ve been able to serve those answers more than 2.7 BILLION times and help hundreds of millions of people. This experience has left me in awe of my colleagues and renewed my appreciation of what motivates us as doctors.

Today is the day you can say “Thanks!” to your doctors for who they are and what they do. You may be surprised how much doctors appreciate and are motivated by the simple act of a thank you.

We’ve made it easy for you to send a free thank-you note and virtual flower electronically — simply look up your doctor’s profile in our comprehensive doctor directory and click the “Send flowers” icon today.

History of the Day

On March 30, 1842, Dr Crawford Long in Jefferson Georgia successfully anesthetised a young man with ether for an operation to remove superficial tumors from his neck. National Doctors’ Day was first proposed in 1932 by the women of the SMA Alliance to commemorate that day. National Doctors’ Day was officially declared by a resolution of Congress in 1990, and was enacted by Proclamation of the President in 1991.

The traditional flower to give doctors this day is the red carnation, whose “crown-coronation denotes honorary distinction”

At HealthTap, we represent the best of the profession. Take a look at our “Thanks doc” exhibit of thank-you notes sent to doctors who helped them.

This lovely video shows how easy it is to say thanks to your doctor!

Thank your doctor today.


“Proclamation 6253 — National Doctors Day, 1991,” February 21, 1991. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.

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