Orlando

Dear PPGV Members, As we reflect on the unspeakable events in that occurred in Orlando this past weekend, it is impossible to find words that adequately describe our sadness, anger, and horror. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their loved ones who must suddenly adjust to circumstances that are beyond comprehension.…

MSU Tour Ends, Important New Members

Three members of PPGV, Bill Wadland, “Mac” Whitehouse, and Jim Peggs made the PPGV presentation “ Gun Violence and Firearm Safety: The Physician’s Role”  to two separate audiences in Grand Rapids last Tuesday, May 17. The first was at 8 AM Grand Rounds in DeVos Children’s Hospital to the Pediatrics residents and faculty. The second at 10 AM was…

National Medical Council on Gun Violence Presentation Summary

Dear PPGV Members, Last month Andrew Zweifler and I were pleased to participate in the National Medical Council on Gun Violence conference in Chicago.  This was a CME conference devoted to exploring how the medical community can make a meaningful impact in addressing the epidemic of gun violence in America.  Our talk, titled “Let’s Talk…

Ken Silk Remembrance

Doctors- Kenneth Silk’s Memorial Service was held yesterday May 7 at the League on the UM campus. It was a wonderful tribute to a superb man. So many stories about Ken’s generous spirit and gifted life were shared by the many attending. There will be a Kenneth R. Silk, MD Lectureship in Psychiatry. To contribute to…

Hospital Leaders Join

New Leaders Join PPGV We want to introduce some new leaders to the group- we are very happy to welcome them and to have their help. From the University of Michigan 1. Valerie Opipari, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases. 2. Max Wicha, MD, Founding Director Emeritus of the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center…

Going to Chicago- National Medical Conference on GV

I am excited to tell you that Dr. Andrew Zweifler and I will be presenting a talk tomorrow at the National Medical Conference on Gun Violence held in Chicago. Our talk is titled, “Let’s Talk About Guns: Strategies for Successful Clinical Conversations”.  In our presentation, we will examine the challenges involved in discussing gun safety…

Over 100 Medical Groups-including PPGV Call for Gun Research

141 Medical Groups Urge Congress to Restore Funding for Gun Violence Research Doctors call on lawmakers to “end the dramatic chilling effect” of a law seen as curbing almost all CDC firearm studies. BY KATE MASTERS · @KAMAMASTERS ·April 6, 2016 PPGV joined 140 other groups in this call to restore funding for gun violence. http://www.thetrace.org/2016/04/cdc-gun-violence-research-ban-doctors-for-america/

Dr. Ken Silk Refutes Michigan Gun Owners

The Discussion On Gun Control Continues After Kalamazoo Shootings By JORGE AVELLAN • FEB 23, 2016 SHARETwitter Facebook Google+ Email CREDIT WIKICOMMONS Some groups are calling for gun control measures after shootings in the Kalamazoo area left six people dead, but not everybody agrees. Listen Listening… 0:28 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports on the gun control debate in the…

The Guardian gives PPGV an Op Ed

When I attended a national meeting that focuses on gun violence, the National Physicians Alliance (npalliance.org) meeting last year I paid attention to 2 discussions, one led by a medical journalist and one by a union organizer. The journalist taught us to use the media as a friend, the unionist to tryto find out what your…

Chart Notes

Hi Docs- This has been a time- from beauty of upper Michigan winter slopes to the sadness and shock of Kalamazoo shootings all in a short space. I had been invited to speak at the Snow Conference for MiACOG two weeks ago. Thanks to Dan McMurtrie for sending me to Jodie Jones. Jodie and Matt…