Nominated by John T. Walters
Dr. David Brinker was born March 9, 1937, graduated from the University of Cincinnati in June 1966. He moved to Oklahoma in 1966 and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Doctor of Ophthalmology and has lived in Oklahoma for over 50 years. He is one of the 2016 winners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award.
|David Brinker, MD|
He went on a yearly 2-week medical eye mission for over 25 years to 8 different countries -- providing free medicine, glasses and eye surgery. The countries were:
Dominican Republic, 4 missions;
Nicaragua, 6 missions;
Ecuador, 4 missions;
Mexico, 2 missions; and
El Salvador, 7 missions.
In 2003, Dr. Brinker went on a 2-week mission to build a church in a poor area of Cape Town, South Africa.
He organizes a yearly Sailing / fishing / dinner event for the Baptist Children's Home.
He has received commendations from the following: U.S. State Dept. for volunteer service in Vietnam, AMA Certificate of Humanitarian Service, Ophthalmological Society of Nicaragua, Government of Nicaragua, DIF of the Mexican Government, Foundation for the health of women in El Salvador, FUDUM, Latino Community Development Center (2 awards), Oklahoma City Peace House Human Rights Award, Skyline Urban Ministry (2 Awards), Governors' Commendation for practicing medicine for 50 years.
He saw patients for free for many years from the following agencies: Little Flowers Clinic, Latino Community Development Center, Skyline Urban Ministry.