The Brooklyn Free Clinic is completely run by students from Downstate’s five schools.
In August, the Brooklyn Free Clinic recognized Downstate alumni volunteers for “dedication to student medical education and community service,” said Cleopatra McGovern, Chief Operating Officer. “We are so grateful to them for working with us.”
The list of clinic volunteers includes former and current (and future) attendings at the BFC who are also Downstate alumni, as well as Douglas Lazarro, MD ’90, who offers patients free ophthalmology appointments at Downstate.
The Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic is a free clinic for the uninsured that was founded by SUNY Downstate students in 2006. It is staffed and operated by Downstate students from the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, and the College of Health Related Professions. In addition to student volunteers, the clinic operates under the supervision of volunteer attending physicians, many of whom are SUNY Downstate alumni. Read our 2015 profile, here. And click, here, to learn how to become a volunteer.
The Alumni Association contributes financially to the Brooklyn Free Clinic annually. All gifts, including $6,000 for the 2016-17 academic year, come from alumni and return to students and the Brooklyn community. Students screen hundreds of patients annually at 840 Lefferts Avenue.