National Doctors’ Day

On March 30, hospitals across the country will celebrate National Doctors’ Day, a time to celebrate the compassionate care our doctors give to patients. This year, The Upstate Foundation’s Grateful Patient and Family program will celebrate its 12th National Doctors’ Day. A letter was sent to patients informing them of National Doctors’ Day and offering them an opportunity to honor their health care provider with a note of thanks. The tributes will be delivered to each doctor, nurse and other health care professionals along with a certificate of appreciation.

Eileen Pezzi, vice president for development at the Upstate Medical University noted, “This day is a special opportunity to thank the dedicated physicians who serve our community, and go above and beyond to make our health and wellness their top priority. We are grateful for the patients and their families who choose to acknowledge their doctor for the exceptional care they received in the past year.”


Did you miss the mailing but have an Upstate physician who touched your life or helped someone close to you? There is still time to show them how much they mean to you. You can submit a note of gratitude to your doctor by sending an email to or mailing a note to Upstate Foundation, 750 E. Adams St, Syracuse, NY 13210.

Here is a sampling of the thoughts that were shared:

A message for Dr. Allison Roy: Thank you for understanding my concerns and worries. You are a great listener and have explained everything every time I interacted with you. I am thankful for going above and beyond your job to help me.

A message for Dr. Gennady Bratslavsky: Thank you for the exceptional care you have given me that has changed my life. You are one of the kindest, most empathetic and professional doctors I have ever had.

A message for Dr. Krishna Ghimire: You and your team have been incredibly professional, kind and caring over the past year as we have taken the fight to my cancer diagnosis. Please know how much you are all appreciated.

A message for Dr. Alina Basnet: I am so pleased that you are caring for me. You are pleasant to work with, thorough and answer all my questions. Your staff and nurses are very compassionate. Thank you.