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

Amir Kazory, M.D., FASN, FACC (left) greets grateful patient Jan (middle) and Jan's wife Pat (right) in the Wilmot Botanical Gardens.Grateful patient Jan (left) and his wife (Pat) sit on a bench in the Wilmot Botanical Gardens.Grateful patient Jan (left) and his wife (Pat) sit on a bench in the Wilmot Botanical Gardens.Grateful patient Jan (left) and his wife (Pat) sit on a bench in the Wilmot Botanical Gardens.

National Doctors’ Day recognizes physicians’ impact on the patients and communities they serve.

For Jan and Pat Stier, Doctors’ Day supplies the opportunity to express their gratitude for the life-saving treatment received at UF Health.

Four years ago, Jan Stier came to UF Health after suddenly losing his mobility. When others could not, physicians recognized Stier was suffering from an allergic reaction caused by a medication prescribed by a local doctor.

Since that first experience, Stier learned he had bladder cancer and was suffering from stage 4 kidney failure. Amir Kazory, M.D., FASN, FACC, professor and chief of nephrology at the UF College of Medicine, and his team were reassuring and, ultimately, trained Stier on how to do home dialysis.

Stier said Kazory and every physician at UF Health were supportive during his treatment and eventual transplant. The staff made Stier and Pat feel a part of the UF Health family.

Thanks to the care from UF Health, Stier is back to enjoying walks with Pat and their 9-year-old greyhound, Missy. He’s also excited to spend more time with his family, including him and Pat’s new great-grandchild.

“Doctors’ Day reminds me of everyone who has impacted my life,” Stier said. “From Dr. Kazory to the entire transplant team at UF Health, they’re all so wonderful. They truly care about each one of their patients.”

Join the Stiers this Doctors’ Day by making a gift and sharing 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 Wednesday, March 30. Your gift of any amount will honor that special physician who has cared for you or your loved ones, as well as support the most critical needs of UF Health.