Volunteer Leaders and Interns

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Dr. Laura Polito, MD – Medical Director of Street Medicine Teams

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Dr. Laura Polito, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Street Medicine Teams for Doctors Without Walls.  She has worked with Doctors Without Walls at the Pershing Park Clinic, leading a team on street rounds, and at the Isla Vista Clinic.

Dr. Polito is Board Certified in Family Medicine and practices at Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara.  She did her undergraduate work at Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, CA, and attended Medical School at Creighton University, in Omaha, NE.  Dr. Polito completed her Family Medicine Residency at Offutt Air Force Base/University of Nebraska Medical Center.  After residency, Dr. Polito spent four years at Vandenberg Air Force Base, serving as Medical Director of the Family Medicine Clinic. Currently, Dr Polito also sits on the Board of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society.

Dr. Polito’s true passion lies in humanitarian medicine, providing needed care to the most vulnerable and underserved population in a community.  While in the Air Force, she was fortunate enough to serve on several humanitarian medical missions to Central and South America, providing medical care and health education to vulnerable communities.

Since coming to Santa Barbara, Dr. Polito has continued to pursue medical humanitarian work, flying to Baja, Mexico, with a local Santa Barbara organization to provide care to underserved populations still recovering from Hurricane Jimena.

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Daniel Boctor – Park Clinic Coordinator

Growing up in Cairo, Egypt until the age of 18 showed me how much we have to offer, even in the absence of medical degrees. My passion for medicine drives me to be exposed to as many different people as I can, in hopes of offering them opportunities to better their lives. I strongly believe that healthcare providers have the power to ensure the sustainability of humanity. My ability to communicate in four languages reinforces this passion. I am a fourth year student at UCSB in the College of Creative Studies, majoring in Biology. I am heavily involved in retinal cell biology research on campus, and I aspire to one day become as good a clinician as those who volunteer for Doctors Without Walls

Josh Wahba

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Josh Wahba – Intern

Joshua Wahba is a recent Graduate from UCSB who started volunteering with DWW over two years ago as a medical scribe. He enjoys learning patients stories and providing them with quality care. He is spearheading a new internship titled Donor Relations which involves setting up and maintaining the database for the DWW donors. He eventually would like to go on to medical school and work with underserved populations. In his spare time he rock climbs and writes music.

Matt Sumethasorn

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Matt Sumethasorn – Street Teams / Special Missions Coordinator

Matt Sumethasorn is a graduate student at UCSB. He is interested in finding the genetic and environmental factors that influence ethanol related behaviors in fruit flies. Matt joined Doctors Without Walls as a way to foster personal growth while at the same time fostering growth in our own community. He quickly found Street Teams to be his favorite branch of DWW, allowing a more personal interplay with both providers and patients alike. Matt hopes to to bridge the gap between our patients and our organization, so that we can provide better care to those who need it.