Physicians for Prevention of Gun Violence, (PPGV) our Mission Statement:
Michigan physicians, Educated and Empowered to Advocate for the Prevention of Gun Violence. PPGV is a Michigan physician organization dedicated to fostering a physician voice for reducing the epidemic of gun violence in this country.
Guns are lethal. PPGV seeks to make them as safe as possible for our children and society using a public health approach.
In the United States more than 30,000 men, women and children are killed per year by firearms, and another 70,000 with nonfatal gunshot wounds are treated in our critically overburdened hospital emergency rooms, and an annual cost of over $200 billion.
As health care professionals we have seen the horrific damage that bullets can do to the human body and have been involved in the long term care of permanently injured gunshot wound victims.
Considering the root causes of gun violence and the disappointing results of efforts to control it through the criminal justice system, we are impressed by the potential of addressing gun violence as a consumer safety and public health problem. We therefore are committed to fostering a public health approach to gun violence, one which emphasizes prevention over punishment.
- We intend to focus on:
-Criminal access to firearms
– Gun storage practices
– Systematic surveillance of firearm deaths and injuries
– Suicide awareness; removing guns to another’s home while a family is in psychic distress
– First amendment rights of physicians to speak candidly to their patients.
– Education of physicians, government officials, and the public.
- The elimination of Assault Weapons from Civilian Use.
- The maintenance of traditional gun-free zones in schools, college campuses, hospitals, bars, etc.
An executive committee coordinates the efforts of Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence consisting of the two founders and a group of physicians described below:
Jerry S. Walden M.D.
Dr Walden is a family physician and Fellow of the American College of Family Physicians. He co-founded PPGV in 2011. A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, he founded and was the medical director of Packard Community Clinic (now Packard Health) a 501c3 nonprofit agency with a mission to provide high quality health care regardless of financial circumstance. He also served as a volunteer doctor in Chiapas, Mexico, in New Orleans post-Katrina, and at the Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti. He was the chief medical officer at the US penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana in the late 1960s and has served as a medical expert in prison related health cases.
Andrew J. Zweifler M.D.
Dr. Zweifler is an internist and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was Director of the Hypertension Clinic at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1974 to 1997. He is Emeritus Professor of Internal Medicine and recipient of a number of teaching awards from the Medical School including the Senior Medical Student Award for Excellence in Clinical Skills which was established in his name. He has been active in promoting social justice issues in the community as well, and received the University of Michigan Medical School Community Service Award in 2002.
Stuart Dombey, MD.
Cheryl Farmer, MD
Sonya Lewis, MD, MPH
James Peggs, MD
William Wadland, MD
Welton Craig Washington, MD
Alan Weder, MD
Walter M. Whitehouse, MD
Ellen Arneson, PA