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Sansum Clinic Supports Mobile Medicine for Those in Need

John G. Elder, MD Nephrology and Internal Medicine

John G. Elder, MD
Dr. John Elder is one of several Sansum Clinic physicians and medical professionals who volunteer their time to DWW-SBSM. Dr. Elder is also Medical Director of the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Core where healthcare professionals volunteer for public service in the event of a public health emergency. He has experienced firsthand the impacts that volunteers and medical supplies have on providing medical services to those in need.

Sansum Clinic recently donated much-needed medications and supplies to Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM), a local, humanitarian non-profit organization that provides free medical care to the most vulnerable people in our community. Whether in parks, up and down State Street, or along the beach, DWW-SBSM delivers care directly to those in need, working out of trademark bright orange backpacks. Medications and supplies in these "backpack-based clinics" are made possible through the generous support of community members and organizations like Sansum Clinic.

I have been a volunteer at DWW for more than a year serving Isla Vista. As a graduate of UCSB and former resident, it is extremely gratifying to provide medical services to those in need right here in my own community. The medications and supplies donated by Sansum Clinic will go a long way in caring for these people. To find out more about DWW-SBSM, please visit



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