Homeless advocate, medical school alumna to speak at Academy of Medicine annual awards dinner

Sara Doorley

Sara Doorley, M.D., ’05, an advocate and health care provider for homeless populations in California, will be the featured speaker at the Wright State University Academy of Medicine Annual Dinner and Distinguished Guest Lecture on Wednesday, April 24, at The Steam Plant, 617 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45402. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The annual event honors outstanding medical students, residents and faculty from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine while recognizing the dedicated work of members of the Wright State University Academy of Medicine. Each year, the event features inspirational speakers from the fields of medicine, arts or entertainment.

Doorley grew up in Fairborn with parents who showed her the importance of serving and caring for those less fortunate. She decided early on that she wanted to become a physician. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, Doorley completed a summer mission trip to Palestine. The trip opened her eyes to foreign service and the influence society has on health. Not long after, she returned to Dayton to attend the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

As a medical student, Doorley championed the needs of the underserved. She helped found the Global Health Initiative and completed a trip to El Salvador to serve with Doctors for Global Health. Doorley graduated with an M.D. degree in 2005 and continued to complete internal medicine residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.

In 2008, she worked in Uganda as a medical volunteer. Since 2009, she also has volunteered with Health Rights International, a group that provides medical affidavits for those seeking asylum in the United States. Doorley has served on the Board of Directors for Doctors for Global Health from 2005 to 2008 and 2011 to 2014.

For many years, she treated the homeless as medical director of the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program in San Jose, California. Most recently, Doorley has been named medical director of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless in New Mexico.

The Wright State University Academy of Medicine is a community-based service organization dedicated to supporting excellence in medicine through education, research and service. Since its founding in 1977, the Academy of Medicine has made a difference in the lives of students at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Thanks in part to the academy’s dedicated annual and life members, the school remains a catalyst for better health care by preparing outstanding physicians. The organization supports medical education by providing student loans and awarding student and faculty achievement. Through membership, the academy has circulated $2.5 million in student loans, saving more than 400 students the high costs of commercial loans.

The general admission cost to attend the event is $75; $50 for those 18 and under; and $25 for Boonshoft School of Medicine students and residents. Register for the event at medicine.wright.edu/academy-lecture.

For more information, contact Nicki Crellin at nicki.crellin@wright.edu or 937-245-7634.

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