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Calvary Hospital Celebrates National Doctor’s Day

On National Doctor’s Day, Calvary Hospital is proud to honor and share our gratitude with our team of 30 dedicated physicians who provide exceptional care to over 6,000 patients each year at our Bronx and Brooklyn campuses and in our wider community.

Our doctors play a vital role in improving the quality of life for our patients through our CalvaryCare® model. 

Join us in recognizing National Doctor’s Day. Please consider donating to Calvary in honor of our wonderful doctors!

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About National Doctor’s Day 

The first observance of Doctor’s Day was 90 years ago today, March 30th, when, in 1933, Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, wanted to honor physicians by placing red carnations on the graves of deceased doctors. Communities continue to keep the tradition alive by sending greeting cards, delivering red carnations, and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. Red carnations have become symbolic flowers that honor doctors, signifying the qualities of love, charity, sacrifice, courage, and bravery. 

Our Calvary Doctors:

Calvary’s President and CEO, Dr. Christopher Comfort, expressed his gratitude to the medical staff, stating, “This group has been our rock and stability. We thank you for your dedication to Calvary.”

Dr. Eric Goldman, the Medical Director, described the staff as family and emphasized the importance of supporting one another “to share our successes and challenges.” He continued, “we’re always striving to get better, and I thank you for being part of the medical staff here.”

Dr. Eric Goldman

Dr. Myra Davila, an Attending Physician at Calvary Hospital, discovered her passion for medicine while volunteering at the hospital during her college years. She shared, “Calvary has shown me the beauty of life and death, and I am privileged to be a part of its excellent, compassionate care team.”

Dr. Myra Davila, an Attending Physician at Calvary Hospital

There are over one million physicians in the United States, but less than 1% specialize in hospice/palliative care. Calvary is proud to have a team of 30 compassionate doctors who represent this minority.

Calvary Hospital Celebrates National Doctors’ Day

Calvary’s Medical Highlights

  • Christopher Comfort, MD, is the first physician to be named President and CEO of Calvary Hospital. 
  • Since 1985, Calvary’s Palliative Care Institute (PCI) has educated thousands of healthcare professionals from coast to coast, including in over 32 countries around the world, on how to provide the best end-of-life care to patients.  
  • In 1967, Calvary became fully accredited and officially changed its name to “Calvary Hospital” by renowned co-founding physicians Drs. Michael J. Brescia and James E. Cimino best known for their life-saving invention of the “Cimino-Brescia” fistula.

About Calvary: Calvary Hospital is the world leader in providing expert medical care for people living with palliative care needs or requiring end-of-life care. The model and benchmark for hospice in America, Bronx-based Calvary provides unmatched loving, compassionate care that relieves suffering and improves the quality of life of approximately 6000 mostly terminally ill patients (and their families) annually throughout Greater New York, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient medical interventions and support services.