Our History


The Brooklyn Free Clinic was founded in September 2006, when a group of medical students from the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine envisioned a way to provide medical care to the uninsured in Brooklyn.

After gaining administrative support, the students studied the healthcare needs of various Brooklyn neighborhoods and chose Bedford-Stuyvesant as the home for the clinic. Eventually, the Brooklyn Free Clinic settled into one of SUNY Downstate’s outpatient clinics, the Throop Clinic, and opened its doors in 2007.

In the summer of 2013, the Brooklyn Free Clinic moved to the UHB Family Health Services Clinic in East Flatbush. The UHB Family Health Services Clinic graciously donated its space and equipment every Wednesday for Downstate students to treat uninsured patients.

In January 2017, the Brooklyn Free Clinic moved to University Hospital Brooklyn to better serve the needs of the community.

The founding students were David Marcus, Ilana Harwayne-Gidansky, Joydeep Sarkar, Hadar Lev-Tov, Daniel Horn, Alex Kaysin, Lily Guenther, Alix Leader-Cramer, Marcello DiStatsio, Jeffrey Bruckel, and Michael O’Brian. We are grateful and honored to continue what they started.