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DWW-SBSM is dedicated to providing free, volunteer medical care for the most vulnerable of Santa Barbara County, when and where they are in need, including in times of disaster, and to provide education and training for DWW-SBSM volunteers and others, in order to promote the excellent practice of humanitarian medicine in our hometown and elsewhere. [...]

About Us


DWW-SBSM (DWW-SBSM) provides free, volunteer medical care to the most vulnerable of Santa Barbara county through an innovative brand of healthcare delivery called “street medicine.” Download the DWW-SBSM Fact Sheet here. Download the DWW-SBSM Policies and Procedures Manual Here. DWW-SBSM was founded in 2005 by three family physicians: Mark Stinson MD, Sabina Diehr MD and Noemi “Mimi” [...]



Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine is a 501 (c) non profit organization, all donations are 100% tax deductible. For more information view our most recent financial report or our “Why Donate” page.   Ways to support Doctors without Walls Make a One Time Online Donation Become a partner by donating monthly Monthly Amount Donate: [...]

What is Street Medicine?

Street Medicine is the term used to define a collaboration of professionals who deliver health care and related services directly to people living and sleeping on the streets and in austere environments.

The term Street Medicine was coined by pioneer Dr. Jim Withers, one of the leaders in the movement, and one of the inspirations behind the creation of DWW-SBSM


Recent Updates

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    SB Glow in the Park

    This bucketlist experience and field dinner, brought to you by the same experts of Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, is an inaugural balloon glow fundraiser at Eling’s Park to benefit Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine. Glow In The Park opens with a VIP Welcome Reception and tethered balloon rides for sponsors, followed by [...]

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    Seaside with Dr. Jim Withers

    by: Andrew Giang, DWW-SBSM communications intern John Geddes once wrote, “You don’t need a calling to minister love.” Yet in a conversation about the street medicine movement with Dr. Jim Withers and Dr. Jason Prystowsky, it becomes abundantly clear that nothing compares to the instance when profession coexists with passion. On this particularly warm February afternoon, [...]

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    In the News

    Doctors Without Walls Has been featured in the news several times recently.  Read all of the details below.  You can see other instances of DWW in the news on our “Press Releases” page.   Santa Barbara Street Medicine on “Community Matters“ Host: Ed Girun Monday, December 17th, 2012, “Community Matters” Radio Show Several of our DWW [...]

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    “Companion Care is a vital element. It is an institution of people helping to keep others from slipping through the cracks. Thank you.” – Scotty Written by: Lauren Fryling I first met Scotty about a month ago when I, along with a member of the Companion Care program, brought Scotty to his appointment at the [...]

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    New DWW Fact Sheet

    DWW has compiled and published out first ever Fact Sheet to give volunteers, beneficiaries, journalists, and members of the community some of the essential information and statistics about out origination. The fact sheet can be downloaded HERE as a PDF.  It can also be found permanently on out About Us page. Please contact us if you have any further [...]

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    The New and Improved Volunteer Training

    By Tayler James  “This is really special,” remarked Dr. Mimi Doohan, founder of Doctors Without Walls–Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW_SBSM), to the room full of veteran and new volunteers at the third volunteer training for DWW. The training, held at the Santa Barbara Public Health Department, took place over the weekend of Nov. 12, 2011. [...]

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      At UC Berkeley, the California Pacific Public Health Training Center (CALPACT), a Federal HRSA funded program that serves Northern California, Central California, Hawaii and the US associated Pacific, invited Dr. Jim Withers to give a street medicine training for the San Francisco East Bay on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at [...]

  • The Story of Me

    By J.J. Crist I was born on August 13,1979, in the small village of Compton near the province of Surrey in England.  Or that’s what I’ve been told. At three days old, my unwed teenaged mother left me at an orphanage. I spent the first six years of my life there. When I was three, [...]

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    Fighting Tetanus…

    Fighting Tetanus One Mama Kit at a Time By: Michael Robinson and Rustam Kabidenov Neonatal tetanus is one of the number one causes of death to children under the age of five in the entire world. Though the word tetanus is most commonly associated with rusty nails and lack of vaccinations, the most common way [...]

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    …Change I Was Looking For

    This is an article from our September and October Newsletter – The Word on the Street The Kind of Change I was Looking For by Allison Nuovo As a student at UCSB, I thought a lot about what my next step would be after graduation. I knew I wanted to help people, but that hardly narrowed [...]

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