On February 15, more than 230 guests paid tribute to Dr. Robert A. Heyer, MD, for his distinguished 42 years of service to Atrium Health and his many contributions to the advancement of healthcare and medical education in our community. The celebration was hosted by longtime Atrium Health supporters Rick Hendrick and Felix Sabates. Surrounded by friends, family and many of his medical colleagues, Dr. Heyer was honored with the announcement of the Robert A. Heyer, MD, Pulmonary Medicine Fund. In recognition of his service as the Carolina Panthers’ team medical physician since 1994, and his role as president of the NFL Physicians Society, Dr. Heyer was also honored by members of the Panthers and NFL community, including retired players, former Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, and former Carolina Panthers president Danny Morrison.

Established this year, the Robert A. Heyer, MD, Pulmonary Medicine Fund supports medical student education, lectureships, and other educational programs that promote and perpetuate meaningful patient-physician relationships. Along with many generous contributions made during and following Dr. Heyer’s retirement celebration, a substantial anonymous gift of $100,000 was announced at the event, supporting Atrium Health Foundation’s goal to ultimately raise $1 million for the Fund.

To support the Robert A. Heyer, MD, Pulmonary Medicine Fund visit AtriumHealthFoundation.org/HeyerFund.