FREE MEDICAL CARE
for Adults and Children
Due to current concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19), for the safety of patients and staff, Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic is temporarily CLOSED. Please contact the Lighthouse clinic phone number (716) 222-0805 with any questions. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.
During this time, we are still working hard to ensure the continuation of your care. We thank you for understanding and hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible. If you are a patient seeking care during our closure, please click the following link to access our COVID-19 Resources tab:
If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 or have questions regarding COVID-19, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 website.
Notice of Solidarity and Support
As we are sure all of you know, we are in a crisis in this country. Heinous and unforgivable acts have been performed against the African American people in this nation. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others have collectively symbolized continued racial biases instilled and woven into the fabric of our nation. These events should never have occurred, and as such it is imperative that as a whole, we lift up the black community now, and forever. It is of utmost importance that we begin to take great strides towards changes that have been called for over centuries and are long overdue.
The community at Lighthouse is heartbroken by these events and we are focused on providing our support and solidarity during these times. We are firm in our belief that every person, regardless of their race, deserves the same respect, support, and right to life. We are continually focused on providing accessible and free healthcare to the greater Buffalo area, which includes a beautifully diverse population. We are incredibly proud to serve in this way, and are committed to supporting our black friends, colleagues, patients and community members. We are committed to addressing, targeting and reforming systemic racism.
For those of us that live with privilege, it is vital to reflect on our own biases and begin to have the difficult conversation with ourselves about ways we can change and grow. It is not the job of people of color to educate us on these matters, that must be something we take upon ourselves. It is vital to listen and to see the experiences being shared with us by the black community and use our privilege to support and ensure their voices are heard and help in what ways they may need.
We extend our condolences to those affected by these terrible tragedies and we continue to stand in solidarity. We urge those that are members of the JSMBS community to complete the petition begun by the SNMA chapter at Jacobs School of Medicine. Managers from Lighthouse will be attending meetings held by SNMA to discuss these current events, listen to what must be said, and join in actions to inspire change. We urge others to donate to appropriate causes if you are able and to support the movement in any way you can.
Educate yourselves. Speak truth. Listen up. Be better.
In solidarity and support,
Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic Managers
The Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic is a student run, free medical clinic whose mission is to provide care to the greater Buffalo community. This mission is made possible by our volunteer team, which consists of medical students from the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine, professional students from various University at Buffalo allied healthcare programs including dentistry, legal, nutrition, public health, and social work, as well as our dedicated local physicians who oversee the care that is provided.
Our services are free and available to all, including patients who are uninsured and underinsured.
We embrace the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) definition of diversity, including the recognition that diversity is not limited to gender, race and ethnicity, but must also include age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious commitment, physical ability and other varied backgrounds and life experiences. We are committed to providing a safe environment for all of our patients, and we strive to embrace diversity, equity and inclusive excellence through our actions, policies and culture.
Interested in Donating to Lighthouse?
Lighthouse strives to provide medical care for the underserved and uninsured in the Buffalo community. We provide care free of cost and depend on donations from members of the community to keep our doors open. Please consider donating to Lighthouse Medical Clinic using the link to our UB Foundations page below:
How does Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic work?
1. If you are ill or have a general medical concern that is not a physical.
You may come to the clinic between 5-8PM, no appointment necessary. We will make all attempts to provide this service in hope to increase access to care for those in the community. We will also provide consultation on whether the situation is an emergency requiring a visit to the ER.
2. If you need a physical, you may try to get a walk-in slot the day of clinic.
Please arrive at 5PM for our randomized waitlist for walk-in slots. You will be given an estimated appointment time and arriving prior to 5PM will not guarantee you a spot. The order you will be seen will ONLY BE DETERMINED AFTER 5PM. You can then leave and return at the time of your appointment, or wait in our waiting room until your appointment time. If you choose to leave and come back at your scheduled time, please let our front-desk staff know that you are there when you return. Please keep in mind that the number of walk-in patients we can accept each week varies depending on the number of student volunteers available - we therefore cannot guarantee a specific number of appointments will be available, and unfortunately we cannot guarantee that everyone who arrives can be seen.
3. If you were not able to be seen on the day you arrived for a walk-in physical, you may set up an appointment for a future week.
We will take down your name and you may call (716) 222-0805 the following day. This number is a voice messaging service, so leave a message with your name and number and a manager will return your call. We cannot guarantee an appointment will be available that same week but will make every effort to get you in as soon as possible.
4. If you only need STD testing or a PPD placed.
You may come to clinic between 6-8 PM, no appointment or walk-in sign up necessary.
5. If you need Dermatology services.
Dermatology services are available the first and third Wednesday of every month. To make an appointment specifically for dermatology please call (716) 222-9556, otherwise you may follow the walk in instructions listed in option 2.
6. If you need Gynecology Services.
Gynecology services are available the second Wednesday of every month. To make an appointment specifically for gynecology please call (716) 236-8573, otherwise you may follow the walk in instructions listed in option 2.
7. If you need Dental Services.
Please call to inquire about our next dental clinic.
8. Additional services such as social work, nutrition, and birth control counseling.
You may ask for any of these services while being seen at the clinic for a medical concern, or if you wish to see these services and do not need to see a physician you may come to clinic anytime between 6 and 8 PM.
9. We do not offer vaccines, Erie County Health Department holds bi-monthly clinics.
To find more information regarding vaccines through ECDOH, please visit this link:
10. For additional questions.
Please call us at (716) 222-0805 or go to our contact page leave a message with your question, concern, or comment and we will get back to you as soon as possible.