Traditionally celebrated on March 30, National Doctors Day was initially conceived by a physician’s wife to honor the contributions of the nation’s physicians. Last year, the advocacy group Physicians Working Together led a campaign to extend National Doctors Day to a whole week, recognized March 25-31 this year, during which the group is offering an online conference.
Celebrate National Physicians Week by learning about 10 DOs who are doing big things in medicine and in their communities all year long:
Italo Subbarao, DO, developed an ambulance drone to provide emergency assistance in disaster situations when help can’t quickly reach victims. Major media outlets, including CNN, PBS and USA Today, have covered Dr. Subbarao’s drone. Learn more.
Kristin Devor, DO, recently started her own medical practice based on exercise and nutrition. Here’s how she did it.
Tyree Winters, DO, a pediatric obesity specialist, makes fitness fun by leading hip-hop dance classes for his patients and others in his community. “I decided I wanted to do a dance class for kids,” he said. “So we moved the chairs out of the way in the waiting room and we started with current music and dances that were not difficult so kids could catch on.”
Richard Bryce, DO, led a healthy lifestyle boot camp to combat obesity and raise nutritional awareness in Detroit youth. He also prescribes fresh fruits and vegetables to his patients from his Detroit clinic’s farmers market, an act that earned him the Advanced Primary Care Practice Award from the the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative last year.
Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS, has made studying anatomy more fun by introducing a yoga-and-anatomy class at Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo. The class also teaches students how to use yoga for stress relief. Learn more and read a Q&A with Dr. Pierce-Talsma on why she chose academic medicine.
Alan Janssen, DO, is on a mission to educate health care professionals about human trafficking. He helped develop the Human Trafficking Victim Identification Toolkit for Physicians and Other Medical Professionals.
Shayna Mancuso, DO, an ob-gyn, developed the first-ever emergency response system for obstetrics at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois, where she serves as an obstetrics and gynecology hospitalist and health systems clinician.
Jedidiah Ballard, DO, the 2016 Ultimate Men’s Health Guy, is an emergency medicine physician and former Army Ranger who also works with Smile Train, a charity that helps fix cleft lips and palates in children.
Ingrid Carter, DO, has helped lead medical mission trips to Uganda, Haiti, Ghana and India. In this article, she offers advice on how students can finance their own medical mission trips.