David Popiel, MD MPH

The future of American healthcare is bright.  Spend an evening at one of our GW student-run free clinic sites and you'll experience how our students are reimagining compassionate healthcare delivery to our most vulnerable neighbors throughout Washington DC and adjacent Prince George's County in Maryland. 

On limited funds, our student leaders operate clinical sites that provide both immediate and primary care to community members that don't otherwise have reliable ways to access medical care.  We maintain evening hours to maximize accessibility for those neighbors that would otherwise have difficulty finding care.  We pride ourselves on providing high-quality and evidence-based care to all our patients independent of their socioeconomic status, culture, sexuality, race, citizenship or identity.  We partner with local organizations to identify individuals that may benefit from low-cost social and community services.  In other words, our student-run clinic tries to reasonably meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members and neighbors.

As the senior advisor for the student leadership of our GW free clinic, I am in awe of the brilliantly thoughtful, service-oriented and passionate students that guide our operations.  They take responsibly, ownership and pour their hearts into this clinic, our patients and the community.  They are focused on improving the lives and well-being of each individual patient. 

The beauty of my perspective is that I see the student leaders actively applying what they learn in the classroom into immediate action.  These are the bright future leaders of the health sciences and our best chance at solving the wickedly complex American healthcare conundrum.


David Popiel, MD MPH

Clinical Faculty Advisor

The GW Healing Clinic