About Us

AFFIRM is a non-profit corporation comprised of healthcare leaders and researchers who seek to end the epidemic of gun violence through research, innovation and evidence-based practice.

AFFIRM has built a coalition of clinicians and researchers across medical specialties 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.


Chief Executive Officer

Christopher E. Barsotti, MD, FACEP

Chair, Trauma and Injury Prevention Section, American College of Emergency Physicians; Department of Emergency Medicine, Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield MA

Chief Research Officer

Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP

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

Research Council

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thea James, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Mission for Boston Medical Center, Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP)

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Patrick Carter, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

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Michael Anestis, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair of Clinical Admissions, University of Southern Mississippi

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Advisory Board

Albert J. Osbahr III, MD

Member, Board of Trustees American Medical Association; Medical Director, Occupational Health Services Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Harrison J. Alter, MS, MD

Founding Director, Andrew Levitt Center for Social Emergency Medicine; Associate Chair for Research, Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System

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David Rosmarin, MD

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

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Heather Sher, MD

Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology; Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology, North Broward Radiologists Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Nikita K. Joshi, MD

Attending Physician Emergency Medicine; Associate Editor, Academic Life in Emergency Medicine

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Sarabeth Spitzer, MS4

Co-Chair of Board, Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic (SAFE); Medical student, 4th year, Stanford Medical School

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Dean Winslow, MD

Co-Chair of Board, Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic (SAFE); Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and Professor and former Vice Chair of Medicine; Stanford University

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Gita Pensa, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University

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Board of Directors

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