Department of Medicine

We Thank You...

We are extremely proud of the selflessness faculty, residents, fellows, and all health care staff have shown on the front lines of COVID-19. We are exceptionally grateful for their continued excellence in patient care, clinical research and education in the face of a crisis. Please join us in showing our gratitude by leaving a note of thanks or encouragement to faculty, trainees, and ALL health care workers worldwide battling this global pandemic.

Leaving a note is simple! Use the form below to fill out as many or as few of the fields as you'd like. Your note can be anonymous or you can provide your name. Address your note to a specific individual or group, or share a general note of support. These will be populated below and will be shared on Department of Medicine social media channels. Thank you for your support of our Emory Health Heroes! Together, we can make a difference.

Emory Health Heroes Notes of Thanks

From: Nicole P. To: All Health Heroes Location: Roswell, GA

I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. The number of times we have heard “unprecedented” is astronomical, and yet your brave souls go to work each week ignoring the fact that we are in unprecedented times. You all are so brave and selfless to do what you do daily. You have risked your lives, your families, and spent your time dedicated to helping the lives of others. You have been guides through uncharted waters, and we have been grateful for every step of yours we follow. I continue to be conscious of my health and how I can stay healthy to do my best in trying to relieve the immense amounts of stress you are all under. But from the depths of my heart, and from my entire family, we thank you so very much. We pray for your well being mentally, physically, and emotionally. We hope you get time to spend with your loved ones, and we are sending virtual hugs every day. Thank you!

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Alpharetta, GA

Thank you so much for everything you do for our community day in and day out. I know this last year has been very rough physically and mentally, but you have the support of myself and the millions of citizens around the United States. If you are ever feeling exhausted or believe you cannot go on, think about the result of that 12-hour shift you worked, the lives you saved working over night, and the families of patients who can smile because of you. I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors and may God bless you all!

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Georgia

Thank you for everything you have done since the start of COVID-19. Thank you. I've said thank you quite a bit, and to be honest, I don't know thank you in that many languages... the internet comes in handy from time to time. But...that's not the point. Even 1 million thank yous wouldn't be enough when it comes to thanking you. And even though any amount of thank yous won’t be enough, thank you for being there for others when they needed help. For being on the front line and risking your lives. For leaving home at ungodly hours to assist others. For having to limit interactions with the people you love, because of your job. Thank you for everything you've done... thank you for being you. I know I probably do not know who you are, but I'm sure you're a great person. I'm also sorry though. I'm sorry for all the things you must have gone through during the pandemic. I'm sorry for it all. But I would like to tell you that you're not alone. I know it's not much coming from a student writing a letter, but you're not alone. The people you help, your family, your friends, and everyone else are lucky to have people like you here. And we'll walk by you till the end...that sounded cheesy. But it's true. I know I can't make everything you've been through disappearing or make everything become normal again, but I would like to help because no one should be in this alone. Thank you! For everything... and I mean everything. For continuing even if things seemed hopeless. For being a helping hand when others may have given up. For being beside others during their darkest times. Thank you! If you weren't here, then I don't know how life would be during this pandemic. And I'm not just thanking you for everything you've done during the pandemic, but for everything you've done beforehand too. For the countless hours of studying and preparation, you must have done to get here. For the long nights helping patients, and the short breaks. Thank you for everything you have done.

From: Halle To: Nurses Location: Alpharetta, GA

As the niece of a registered nurse, I have a little insight into the incredibly brave and heroic work that you guys do on a daily basis. Putting yourself on the front lines of such a scary, unexpected, and unprecedented virus is undoubtedly courageous. Even before the pandemic, you guys have always been so helpful and essential to the lives of people from all over the world, and you guys show that even in a time of uncertainty, you remained a constant force to make our lives better and keep us all safe. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you put in every day to make this a better place. We all appreciate you so much!!

From: Ananya Anand To: All Health Heroes Location: Alpharetta, GA

It is beyond my imagination as to how all of you worked together tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19. This vaccine is historic and is one of the fastest vaccines made in response to a pandemic. I am grateful for all the efforts and sleepless nights all of you have put in to make this happen. I know it must have been hard to stay away from your family and friends when you needed them the most and missing out on time and memories with your children. Your efforts will not go in vain and you have inspired so many more young students to join the health care industry. Thank you for everything.

From: Abby To: All Health Heroes Location: Alpharetta, GA

I am so grateful for the courage and hard work you have continually dedicated so our world can be a healthier and safer place. Thank you for showing such compassion and for taking care of our loved ones. I am amazed by your strength and resilience, and I can only imagine what this past year has been like for you. You all are real heroes, and you are so incredible and valued! Stay safe and thank you!

From: Diya To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory University Hospital

This past year has been very difficult for many of us, but thankfully, we have amazing front line workers like all of you to help us get through it. Thank you so much for all of your hard work to help others. And thank you for helping me and many others feel assured that if we ever need medical assistance, whether that be for COVID-19 or another reason, we will be in good hands. I can not even imagine the struggles you all face nearly every day in order to save people. I know a letter is not much, but I hope it serves as a reminder that there are people who are extremely thankful for all you are doing. My family, my friends, and I always keep you all in mind as one of the major reasons we take precautions. We want to make your lives easier in any way we can as a way to express our gratitude. You are truly heroes!

From: Kathy To: All Health Heroes

I just want to start off by thanking you for everything you have done and had to put up with this past year. I know that it has been difficult for everyone, but I can't image how difficult and stressful it has been for health care providers. Through it all, you guys still provide which is truly amazing. I know that there has been a lot of loss and sadness this year, but I just want to tell you how appreciated you are and how grateful I am for health care providers like you. It is situations like this and seeing you guys work through things like this that inspires me to join the health care field one day. I hope to do as much as you someday and to help people the way you do. I have seen the strength and resilience that you guys have embodied and I am so astounded by it. I hope things get better soon so that you guys can have a little bit of a break. But right now, I just want you to know that me and many others appreciate everything you do so so much. Thank you for helping us all get through this crazy year!

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Alpharetta, GA

Thank you so much for everything you have been doing for us especially during the pandemic. I know it’s tough putting yourself on the line for others, but just know I appreciate how selfless you guys are. You guys work tirelessly every day to help save the lives of others and I admire you guys a lot for that. I hope you all are doing well and I just wanted to let you know that you guys are my heroes. I can’t thank you guys enough for the blood, sweat, and tears you put into your job, but I will always by very grateful for what you do.

From: Ervin Song To: All Health Heroes Location: Milton, GA

Thank you for everything you do during these troubling times whether it be keeping the building clean or treating patients. COVID-19 has hit everyone hard, but I believe hospital workers have it harder than most. It must have been extremely stressful and I want to say that I appreciate all of you for working so hard and keeping the public safe and healthy.

From: Randy Lu To: All Health Heroes Location: Harris Hall, Emory University

Thank you for your incredible courage and selflessness. We are extremely grateful for your tenacity to endure danger as your face the front lines of COVID-19. It has been your efforts and skillful expertise that has guided us all through this difficult time. We wish you all the best of luck and safety as you continue your service for the community.

From: Anoymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory University Hospital

Thanks for all the hard work!

From: Anonymous To: Emory University

Thanks for all your hard work! I had surgery last semester and you guys all made it bearable through a tough time. Thanks!

From: Damisi Akinpelu To: Emory Nurses

Of recent, many people have come to be aware of the hard work you all are doing. I want to thank you not just for the work you are doing now but for the work you have been doing for many years before this time. Growing up, I remember watching my mom work night shifts and then take me and my siblings to school the next day. Being a nurse is tough, to say the least, and I truly appreciate and admire you all who make daily sacrifices to help the community. Know that your effort, your success, your pains, and your trials do not go unnoticed, especially now. I keep you in my thoughts and my prayers and ask that God be with and protect you all. Thank you.

From: Brendt To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory University

Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. We are so grateful for all you do to keep us healthy and safe.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory University

Thank you for all your hard work! While COVID-19 is currently defining how we work, it cannot define why you work. I’m inspired by your commitment to your families, your patients, and the broader health care community. It’s been quite the year, but the end is near!

From: Harrison Piré To: All Health Heroes

I want to thank you for keeping us safe and for all that you are doing. You are brave and strong. I am forever grateful and indebted to you.

From: Gabe Samuels To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory University Hospital

Thank you so much for all that you do! Whatever wing, field, or part of the hospital you work in, I am so incredibly grateful for your daily work. You are the reason that I am able to go to school this year, and the world would not be turning without you. Thank you!!!

From: Dev Gupta To: All Health Heroes Location: Harris Hall, Emory University

Thank you so much for everything y’all have been doing to safeguard our community.

From: Stuart Gakio To: All Health Heroes

We appreciate all of y'all. Without you, we wouldn't have any of the things that we do now, and the world would be a much, much worse place. It’s easy to say but it’s true. Thank y'all, and stay blessed.

From: Anonymous To: Emory Healthcare

We thank you for your services.

From: Anish Nashine To: All Health Heroes Location: Emory University

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to every health care worker who has had to go through this pandemic. It has been a year, and I know you have been overworked through this entire process, so I wanted you to know that you have an ally in me. I have stayed safe and responsible throughout this time to help you out, and I wish you the best of luck as this pandemic draws to a close and people can get vaccinated. Thank you.

From: Alan Li To: Emory Healthcare

Thank you so much for your help and support! We cannot live without you guys! We truly appreciate everything you do, thank you for everything! 

From: Anonymous To: Emory Healthcare

Thank you so much for all that you do! You’re so brave and are making the world a much better place!

From: Anonymous To: Emory Healthcare

We appreciate you for all you’ve done. Thank you so much for helping the community out!

From: Andrew Choi To: All Health Heroes Location: Harris Hall; Atlanta, GA

Thank you so much for helping people in this time of need! I know you sacrifice a lot of your time and safety for the sake of others, and I can’t imagine how much courage you have to be one of our leaders today, and I wanted to recognize your contribution towards fighting this recent pandemic, even if it is from just a college student who barely knows anything about the world. Keep up the great work, and I hope you have a great day!!

From: William Kerscher To: All Health Heroes Location: Currently Atlanta, GA. From Denver, CO

Thank you for all you are doing to help our lives go back to the way they once were. I guess it really is true that you don’t know how much you appreciate something until it’s gone. I never thought I’d miss leaving the house with no mask more than I do now. I was a senior in high school last year, and missing out on the end of my senior year of high school and freshman year of college is something I wish I could change, but, you are doing something to change that! You are inspiring real change and I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am for that. I know we are all making sacrifices to end this pandemic, but all of you in health care are making the biggest sacrifice. Thank you for putting yourself at risk to help others. This time in my life has shown me, more than ever, that helping others is really the greatest thing a person can do, thank you for that! I promise we will get through this! Thank you so much for everything you do! Every single one of us here at Emory, and beyond, appreciates you.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: GA

Thank you to a hero! Your service makes huge impacts on others' lives. Thank you for everything you do!

From: Anonymous To: Erin Cansler Location: Emory University Hospital

Our son is waiting for a heart transplant, and Erin has taken excellent care of him. Even when she is not his official nurse for the shift, she takes time to pop her head into his room to see how he is doing. It was especially helpful yesterday, and we are grateful she was able to help him and get him back into his bed. She was there at the right time, ready to help, as always. What superior commitment to excellent patient care! Thank you, Erin, for all you do to assist our son and brighten his days.

From: Mallory Hu To: All Health Heroes Location: Peachtree City, GA

I hope you are staying well during this unusual time. Words cannot describe how ADMIRABLE and SELFLESS the work you are doing is. You are truly a hero and I hope you take pride in that. A note is small - but I hope it is a reminder of how thankful people are for your work and what a positive impact you are having on this world. I know it has been hard - I can't even imagine, but know that you are SO appreciated.

From: Anonymous To: Nurse Erin Location: Emory University Hospital

Our son is awaiting a heart transplant and he texted to tell us about how you walked from one end of the hospital to the cardiac unit just to check on him. He wasn't even your patient that day but you took time out of your short break to walk over and be kind to him. Since we are not able to visit with COVID-19 restrictions, it warms our hearts to know he had a special visitor that day. Thank you so much for making his day!

From: Ellora Yadav To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

I know it's tough working on the front lines. Putting your own life at risk to save a bunch of people you don't know, well, it's a big sacrifice and probably way above your pay grade. Anyway, thank you for regulating this virus. You guys are kind of the new military people and it's extremely scary because you don't know if you're going to be susceptible to the virus when you try to give an exposed person oxygen or all the other things you do to save someone's life. I can't empathize enough or imagine what it's like. You must be really mentally resilient to handle that sort of pressure or just seeing people with COVID-19 in general. Thank you so much for saving people's lives and regulating this virus. I feel like even if I reiterate my thanks a thousand times it will never be enough. Thank you for educating people about the virus and doing everything in your power to help limit COVID-19 exposure. It means a lot to me and other people when you help not just us, but our loved ones.

From: Anonymous To: Dr. Meisel

Thank you so much for everything you do. My mom has breast cancer and is being treated by you. I know it is not without risk with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting so many Americans including health care workers. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you being there for her every step of the way and helping her get better during these difficult times. Thank you

From: Anonymous To: Infusion Center Nurses

Thank you so much for taking such good care of my mom during COVID-19. She has been in every other week and has been getting better thanks to her infusions. This wouldn't be possible without the selflessness of your work.

From: Anonymous To: All Nurses Location: Atlanta, GA

Hi! I wanted to write a letter to thank you for all of the work you have done during this pandemic! I am so appreciative that there are people like you working tirelessly everyday to make sure everyone gets the care they need. I know it must be really hard to ensure everyone's safety but just know there are so many people who are appreciative of the work you do and the risks you are willing to take for our citizens. Thank you so much!!

From: Mary Winer To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

My name is Mary Winer and I am a senior at Grady High School. Almost a year ago, everyone's lives changed. Through 2020, and into 2021, health care workers have put themselves and their families at risk to help people. I am sure you feel a range of emotion toward this situation, but you have dealt with the harsh reality that is COVID-19. I choose to social distance in every way I can so I don't add to the crowed hospital problem. I encourage others to do so as well because I understand how frustrating it can be to see others not follow the guidelines. With the vaccines, the end is in sight, which I am sure is encouraging for you guys! I hope by the end of 2021 we can, for the most part, put this pandemic behind us and move forward with all people have missed out on. That would not be possible if it wasn't for the tremendous amount of energy you guys put to stopping the spread. I cannot thank you guys enough for what you have done for others, you deserve endless thanks and recognition. Thank you!


From: Aydin Bandukwala To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

First, I would like to thank you dearly for your hard work. I know that no words can compensate the long hours, sadness, and loss that you have probably witnessed, but I write to show my appreciation for you as the frontline of the COVID-19 relief effort. Both my parents are doctors in the Atlanta area, and each of them have had to adjust to the COVID-19 burden over the past 10 months, so I am able to understand a fraction of what you are going through. And though I will (probably) never meet you, I want to thank you sincerely for the work you have been doing to get our lives back to normal, because without your sacrifice and dedication, the road back to normalcy would become much longer.

I know that we hear on the news all-too-often: "record number of COVID-19 deaths", so much so that it's hard to keep track of the number of infected and dead. Though I know many dismiss these figures as normal and routine, I hope that you understand that I seek to look beyond the numbers and consider the experiences of each health care and frontline worker giving it their all each and every day to get those numbers down. And for that, I thank you sincerely. 

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you for all the time and effort you are spending to help people all over the world. I appreciate the risk you guys are taking to help find a way to cure people who are sick and prevent others from getting sick. It takes a lot of courage and sacrifice to risk yourselves in order to help others when you could very well not help and stay home. Thank you.

From: Greyson Sage To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

I would like to thank all of the front line heroes who risk their lives every day so our lives can be better and we can end this pandemic faster. Without all of the tremendous work and effort from medical officials, COVID-19 would be way worse than it already is. Without you guys working around the clock to make this better, many local businesses, including my families, would have to shut down for good. I am so happy we have you guys to keep this country alive and help saves lives whether it’s literally save lives in the hospitals or saving people from loosing their jobs. Thank you for keeping this country safe.

From: Regan White To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

I just wanted to say thank you for everything you have done for us this past year. I know it has been hard on you and everyone you love, but thank you for fighting for all of us. Even if you don't know us, we know what you are doing for us, and what you're sacrificing in order to help the rest of us. What you are doing is helping all of us, especially those of us that wouldn't have been able to have their final year of high school, like me. Thank you for everything. I, and so many others, are truly grateful for everything you've done for us strangers, and I wish you luck in the fight against COVID-19. Stay safe, take care of yourself, and make the most of these pressing times.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

I am so thankful for the help and gratitude you have shown. Your personal sacrifice means an incredible amount today and will not be forgotten. Please continue to save lives.

From: Sarah To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you so much for the sacrifices you have made for the public good during the pandemic. I can't express how grateful I am to have so many intelligent, committed individuals at the frontline of the pandemic, working tirelessly to restore and preserve many of the normalcies of life. It is a privilege to be able to go to school in-person, which would not be possible without the efficacy of COVID-19 testing and the medical research that experts like you have provided to educational systems. One thing that has gotten me through the pandemic is the support of my family and friends. However, it is my understanding that many medical responders must make many personal sacrifices in terms of how often they see their loved ones in order to work in such a high-risk environment. Please know that you are loved and appreciated, not only by your close friends and family, but by the community at large.


From: Anyssa Patel To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

As health heroes, you all inspire the world every day to go out and make a difference. It is so impactful to know that there are people out there risking their lives every day just to help keep us safe. Keep up the amazing work that you do!

From: Laith Bandukwala To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you for all you've done to keep us safe throughout the past year! I can't even imagine how stressful and demanding these times must be, but just know you have an entire community at your back. Everyone appreciates all the work you've done and are hoping things can get back to normal soon, especially with COVID-19 vaccines finally reaching the hands of the public. Anyway, I don't know who you are, but without you I wouldn't be able to do the things I love like go to school and play sports. Without you, none of the things I'm doing would be possible. Thank you again, and have a great day!

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

Thank you so much for all of the work you do. Your work during these unprecedented times is amazing. I know a lot of people in Georgia aren't treating COVID-19 like a problem which bothers me because that puts you and those around you in harm's way. I'm very sorry for the actions of the people in Georgia. I am very appreciative of you and those who work with you.

From: Vi Di To: All Health Heroes Location: Nigeria

Thank you for being our heroes. I hope to one day follow in your footsteps.

From: Anonymous To: All Health Heroes Location: Atlanta, GA

As a fellow essential worker, I would like to say thank you for all the care and love that you show patients. You take risks that nobody else is willing to take and for that I say thank you. Continue to stay awesome because you are awesome.

From: David Mitchell To: All Health Heroes Location: Decatur, GA

Thank you for the tremendous sacrifice you’ve made to help people and try to save lives. I don’t know how you have managed to keep going under such terrible strain, stress, and pressure. You will be the true American heroes when this is over. I’m following all mask and distancing recommendations to avoid adding to your stress.

I will donate money where I can to help you. Please take care of yourself including your mental health. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

From: Anonymous To: Tammy Helton, Phone Customer Service Receptionist Location: Emory Orthopedics and Spine Center

Tammy Helton who worked the switchboard/customer service phone was wonderful and went the extra mile to try to reach a doctor for me after my CT scan the day after. She really took responsibility and followed through with trying to help me. She was friendly and caring and it made a huge difference knowing that somebody cared.

From: Anonymous To: Aaron Smoots, Security Guard Location: Dekalb Medical ER

Thank you so much to Aaron Smoots, a security guard at the ER, who was a sorely needed smiling face at Dekalb Medical on Dec 21. I had just broken my arm, was in a lot of pain, and he was the only person who came to check on me and was encouraging, before getting through triage (almost 2 hours later). Having someone who is friendly and kind when you are on your own and in pain is so important. Thank you so much Aaron!

From: Archana Venkataraman To: All Health Heroes

We are extremely grateful for your dedication, patience, and resilience you are showing on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks for your selfless service!

From: Cordell Ratner To: All Health Heroes

Awesome! Nothing can describe the sacrifices you are making to keep us safe. First the battle against Ebola and now leading the COVID-19 response. Keep up the great research and providing outstanding health care. We will always need your services and know they are much appreciated.

From: Charles Martin To: All Health Heroes

Keep working. Success is completing tasks that you have planned. You are successful. Focus on your goals. A goal is simple, a planned task that you complete.

From: Chandni Jaishwal To: All Health Heroes

Salute! for keeping us safe.

From: Kristin Brown To: All Health Heroes

I cannot express how thankful I am to all health care professionals! Your dedication, compassion, and commitment are inspiring to me. Thank you for your hard work. Hearing about all the great work Emory has done during the pandemic makes me extra proud to be an alumna. You are appreciated!