National Doctor’s Day 2024: Get to know date, history, and significance

National Doctor’s Day was first observed on March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia.  The idea was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond.


 The date marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842.  In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution designating March 30th as National Doctor’s Day, making it an official day of recognition.

National Doctor’s Day is a day to acknowledge the hard work, compassion, and dedication of doctors.   It is an opportunity to thank physicians for their contributions to improving the health and well-being of patients. 


The day also serves to highlight the critical role doctors play in advancing medical science, promoting public health, and providing essential care and support to individuals and communities.

Thank You Notes: Patients and communities often send thank you notes and cards to their doctors.

Celebrations and Activities

Recognition Events: Hospitals and healthcare organizations hold special events and ceremonies to honor doctors.

Gifts and Tokens of Appreciation: Small gifts or tokens of appreciation are often given to doctors by their colleagues and patients.