Dr. Daniel Dewey ’93 received the 2013 Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations and Alumni Service Award on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. during the College’s Daily Sabbath service in Christ Chapel.
Dr. Dewey is recognized for his vision and leadership in co-founding World Altering Medicine, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical care for needy patients in resource poor areas of the developing world.
After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1993, Dr. Dewey began a two year term of service in the United States Peace Corps. During his time in the Peace Corps, Dewey was deeply affected by the circumstances of those living in poverty and became determined to develop a skill that could be utilized to better the conditions of those living in the world’s developing areas.
Especially concerned about the health care conditions of the poor, he entered medical school at the University of Minnesota where he focused his training on Family Medicine and participated in many medical travel trips where he further honed his interest in International Medicine. Dr. Dewey was a part of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Africa for nearly two years. During this time in Africa, he primarily provided HIV care in Uganda and Swaziland, but also traveled and worked in Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.
Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Dewey completed a fellowship in emergency medicine in Tennessee and returned to his native Minnesota where he is in full time emergency medicine practice with Health Partners.
World Altering Medicine was founded in 2006 with a primary focus on providing medical resources to Africa. Current projects work to strengthen oxygen systems in pediatric wards in Malawi, provide emergency financial assistance to needy patients in Swaziland, Uganda and Malawi, and send volunteer health care professionals to poorly resourced hospitals in the developing world.
Dr. Dewey is married to his wife Angela and together they have two young children, Luciana and Flynn.
The Association of Congregations and Alumni Service Award recognizes alumni and former students of Gustavus Adolphus College who have made distinctive commitments and contributions to the service of others.
Watch the following video to see what Dr. Dewey and others are doing through World Altering Medicine: