About Us

AFFIRM is a non-profit corporation comprised of physician leaders who seek to fund research, find solutions, and decrease gun violence in the United States of America.

AFFIRM has built a coalition of clinicians and researchers in emergency medicine, trauma surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and public health to work on issues of common concern to all patients and communities at risk of firearm-related violence.

AFFIRM will partner with private sector financial resources to fund public health research of gun violence prevention.


Board of Directors

  • Christopher E. Barsotti, MD, MA, FACEP
  • Frans T. Vanschaik
  • Michael J. Dell
  • Erin Reedy

Our Members

Christopher E. Barsotti, MD, MA, FACEP

Chief Executive Officer, American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine Chair, Trauma and Injury Prevention Section, American College of Emergency Physicians Department of Emergency Medicine, Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield MA

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Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP

Chief Research Officer, American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine Director, Emergency Digital Health Innovation program UEMF Director of Special Projects Associate Professor Department of Emergency Medicine Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University Injury Prevention Center of Rhode Island Hospital

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Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH

Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics Core faculty, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center University of Washington

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Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS

Trauma Medical Director, American College of Surgeons Chair, Department of Surgery University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

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Deborah A. Kuhls, MD, FACS, FCCM

Chair, Injury Prevention and Control Committee, Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons Chief, Section of Critical Care Department of Surgery UNLV School of Medicine

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Rebecca Cunningham, MD, FACEP

Director, Injury Research Center Associate Chair, Research Department of Emergency Medicine University of Michigan School of Medicine

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Patrick M. Carter, M.D.

Assistant Director, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center (UMIPC) Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine University of Michigan School of Medicine

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Rochelle A. Dicker, MD

Professor of Surgery and Anesthesia Vice Chair for Critical Care, Associate Trauma Director David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine Founding Director, Wraparound Project

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Eric Goralnick, MD, MS, FACEP

Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness, Brigham & Women’s Healthcare Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School Instructor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Co-Chair, Disaster Medicine Interest Group, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Chair, Committee on Preparedness, Massachusetts Medical Society

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Steve Hargarten MD, MPH

Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine Director, Injury Research Center Associate Dean, Global Health Medical College of Wisconsin

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David Rosmarin, MD

Director, Forensic Psychiatry Service, McLean Hospital Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD

Co-Director, Harvard Injury Control Research Center Department of Health Policy and Management Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Director, Undergraduate Program in Health Sciences Northeastern University

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Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics University of Washington

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Emmy Betz, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Assistant Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine Core Faculty, Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) Colorado School of Public Health

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