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Grateful Patients Give Thanks

The UMMS Foundation gratefully acknowledges the patients and families who have chosen to Stethoscope heart express their gratitude for their physicians, nurses and other care team members. A sampling of these heartfelt messages is below.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Cardiac Surgery

In tribute to Dr. Aldo Iacono

“Thank you for all the care that you have given me over the past 5 years. You have made sure that I was always given the best care available. Your compassionate attention and professional care saved my life. There are not enough words for me to express my appreciation. Because of your excellent care I have lived to celebrate my 80th birthday and enjoy the company of more great-grandchildren. I will always be grateful for the additional years of life that your care has allowed me to enjoy.”

In tribute to Dr. Aldo Iacono and Dr. Bartley Griffith

“Words could never express our gratitude for all you did and continue to do for our dad. You are truly two amazing, compassionate & brilliant human beings! We admire you both for your commitment to all of those patients and families who you touch every day!”

In tribute to Dr. James Gammie

“At 39, I never dreamed I would have a heart operation to save my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for repairing mine.”


In tribute to Dr. Andrew Eglseder

“Thank you for all your dedication and skill over the past eight years. I am very fortunate that you and your staff have given me hope for a brighter future.”

In tribute to Dr. Richard Mason

“Thanking you for your support and what I consider your warm and understanding "bedside manner." You make my visit pleasant and I am appreciative of your efforts and dedication to the healing process.”

Neurosurgery, STC

In tribute to Dr. Bizhan Aarabi

“Not a day goes by that I ask God to bless you and your wonderful skilled hands. Because of it, I was able to spend a little more time on this wonderful earth. Thank you and your team for being there in my time of need. I will never forget you.”

Upper Chesapeake Primary Care

In tribute to Dr. Robert Rapp, Jr.

“Thank you for being the dedicated, thoughtful, and compassionate doctor that you are! You always go above and beyond and work tirelessly towards a healthy outcome. I feel so blessed to know you and have you as my doctor.”

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Cancer, Head and Neck Oncology

In tribute to Dr. Robert Ord

“I very much appreciate your skills and the care you have brought to the treatment of my cancer. Your personal touch and willingness to spend time with your patients is a welcome trait for those you are treating. I feel most fortunate to have you as my physician.”


In tribute to Dr. Charles Cangro

“We don't know where to begin, but you are the most caring doctors that we have ever known. You are “heroes" in our family. Thanks so much for all that you do!”

Honor your caregiver at UMMC with a tribute gift.