• By Deborah Balzer

Mayo Clinic doctors to offer tribute at Indy 500 special

May 20, 2020

Mayo Clinic "singing surgeons" Dr. Elvis Francois and Dr. William A. Robinson will provide a unique tribute to fellow frontline health care workers as part of Sunday's "Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again" broadcast airing at 2 p.m. EDT on NBC. 

The doctors' performance also will help to raise awareness of The Fight Is In Us, an important campaign to encourage survivors of COVID-19 to donate potentially life-saving plasma for research into new treatments for COVID-19.

Drs. Francois and Robinson, orthopedic surgery residents at Mayo Clinic, have performed for patients for several years, delivering emotional support alongside medical treatment to those in need. 

"We're honored to be part of this special broadcast from racing's most iconic venue," Dr. Francois says. "Seeing so many of my colleagues and frontline workers across the country come together in the midst of such challenging times has been inspiring. This performance is dedicated to everyone who keeps showing up in the fight against COVID-19."

Watch: Preview of Dr. Francois and Dr. Robinson at Indy 500

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video of Dr. Francois and Dr. Robinson at Mayo Clinic is available in the downloads.

Our performance is very much about hope," Dr. Robinson says. "It's important to remember that we're all in this together, and we're all working tirelessly toward the same goal. Despite the current hardships, there is definitely reason for optimism, and we hope that our rendition of 'God Bless America' will reflect this mindset."


Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for additional updates on COVID-19. For more information and all your COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

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