if you could tell your doctor one thing, what would it be?

National Doctors’ Day is celebrated to recognize the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities.

For the Klemm family, Doctors’ Day provides them with another opportunity to express their sincere gratitude for the amazing life-saving work performed by the UF Health transplant team.

As a child, Bryan Klemm was diagnosed with a progressive, end-stage lung disease that would someday require a transplant. After nearly 25 years of disease progression and a decreasing quality of life, he was referred to UF Health to be matched for a double-lung transplant.

Tiago Machuca, M.D., and the talented transplant team performed Bryan’s successful transplant surgery. Bryan and his family are grateful for the compassion and expertise shown by every member of his healthcare team.

From left to right: Bryan Klemm using his oxygen tank, a common need prior to his transplant surgery; Bryan with his parents Rick and Julie Klemm; Rick Klemm and a UF Physician Assistant with Bryan during his hospital discharge; Abbas Shahmohammadi, M.D., UF Health Assistant Professor of Medicine, with Bryan after his successful lung transplant.

“The staff treated me like part of the UF Health family and handled every curveball my condition threw their way, said Bryan.

If I could tell Dr. Machuca, Dr. Shahmohammadi and my entire health care team one thing, I would thank them for not giving up on me.

Join the Klemm family this Doctors’ Day by making a gift and share a message of appreciation in honor of your UF Health physician. We will deliver your message to your physician in celebration of Doctors’ Day on Tuesday, March 30. Your gift of any amount will honor that special physician who has cared for you or a loved one, as well as support the most critical needs of UF Health.