Founder, Kings Against Violence Initiative
Youth Violence Prevention
Dr. Rob Gore is an activist and emergency medicine physician. For nearly 20 years, Rob has developed programs and solutions on community violence, and other disparities affecting urban and global health.
After returning to the neighborhood he grew up in Brooklyn, NY to practice emergency medicine, his time in the ER gave him the impetus to create KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative), a hospital, school and community based youth violence intervention prevention and empowerment program targeting teens.
An attending physician and clinical assistant professor at Kings County Hospital at SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, he also founded and directs the Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine (MMSEM) Summer Fellowship, a mentoring and enrichment program for under-represented minorities interested in Emergency Medicine with a focus on project development.
Rob is a member of the 2016 inaugural class of TED Residents, a 2018 CNN Hero and a 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar. A two-time TED speaker, Rob is a highly sought-after speaker and educator, sharing his work on health, wellness, youth, and violence prevention to countless physicians, health professionals, activists and students from around the world.
We need to rethink trauma: look beyond just gun violence. Trauma is a systemic issue, passed down in the community. We need to support the overall wellness and vitality of our patients.
We wanted to make sure we have this healing approach just to target these issues. We want to make this a lot more preemptive and helping to fix these issues instead of just providing Band-aids to the issues of violence and trauma.
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