Dr. Jim Withers is the founder of Operation Safety Net. Dr. Withers received his undergraduate degree at Haverford College, and completed his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh. He founded Operation Safety Net, the first full time, comprehensive medical service of it's kind for the un-sheltered homeless in 1992. Operation Safety Net is a program of Pittsburgh Mercy and Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy. In 2005, Dr. Withers established the annual International Street Medicine Symposia to foster collaboration in the care of those sleeping on the streets. In 2008, Dr. Withers created the Street Medicine Institute to focus on helping communities establish Street Medicine programs. Dr. Withers is on the teaching faculty of the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh Internal Medicine Residency and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine.
Since 1992, Dr. Jim Withers has been treating homeless individuals where he finds them: in the streets, alleys, and under bridges. Dr. Withers is the founder of Operation Safety Net and this week on BetterWorldians Radio we’ll speak with him about his important work. Dr. Withers will tell listeners what inspired him to reach out to the homeless population and how it is changing lives.