Dr. Dave DeciSMI Honors Dr. Dave Deci

(April 2023) It is with great sadness that we inform the Street Medicine Institute community of the passing of our esteemed colleague, Dr. Dave Deci. Dr. Deci was a dedicated board member who brought passion and commitment to his work, striving to improve the lives of those experiencing homelessness through street medicine. His contributions to the Street Medicine Institute were immeasurable, and he will be deeply missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Deci’s family and friends during this difficult time. The Street Medicine Institute endeavors to honor Dr. Deci’s legacy by continuing to carry out our mission with the same level of dedication and compassion that he embodied.

David M. Deci, MD was a founding member and former past president and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Street Medicine Institute. His journey in street outreach began in 2005 under the mentorship of Jim Withers, MD. He had experience in the development of student driven street outreach programs. His interests included community engagement, medical student education, professionalism, and advocacy. He served as the Board’s liaison with the Street Medicine Institute Student Coalition. Dave was an emeritus associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health - Madison in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He actively volunteered with Madison Street Medicine by providing direct service, education and advocacy.
Dr. Deci’s family has expressed an intent to establish a student fund in his honor. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make a note when processing your donation.

Dr. Withers' Reflections

Dr. Deci's Obituary

Dr. Deci's Blog Post - Aug 2022