Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP
Our children are dying and we can stop it,” says Dr. Ted Corbin, an emergency department physician at the Drexel University College of Medicine where he is both a doctor and a violence prevention practitioner. Violence, he says, is a major public health problem nationally—and especially in Philadelphia and among young men of color. Trauma in childhood and young adulthood leads to depression, anxiety, obesity, other chronic diseases and the perpetuation of violence.
Ted is at the forefront of a growing awareness that the emergency room provides a pivotal and potentially life-changing moment in the lives of young people who end up there with intentional, nonfatal injuries such as gunshot, stab or other assault wounds. Healing Hurt People (HHP) is Ted's response—one that addresses the psychological wounds of the trauma, in addition to the physical wounds. Using an interdisciplinary team that includes emergency room and psychiatric physicians as well as social workers, Healing Hurt People provides case-management and appropriate service referrals and community-based resources at both St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Hahnemann Hospital to reduce reinjury and retaliation among children and young adults.
Ted is a member of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, chairs the Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia think tank, and serves on the Commission on the Impact of Trauma and Violence on the Health of African American Men. He was awarded the Clinician of the Year Award by the Thomas Jefferson University Emergency Medicine Residency Program. In 2005, Ted was awarded a Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship and in 2006 he was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the "Forty Under Forty" awardees for his work. He has been invited to participate as an expert in violence prevention at local and state agencies including the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Boston Public Health Commission and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
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Theodore Corbin is at the forefront of a growing awareness that the emergency room provides a pivotal and potentially life-changing moment in the lives of young people who end up there with intentional, nonfatal injuries such as gunshot, stab or other assault wounds. Ted views violence as a public health issue and discusses his community-focused, hospital-based program designed to address the needs—physical, emotional and social—that victims of violence face after being released from the emergency department.