Gary Slutkin, M.D.

Founder and Executive Director, Cure Violence

Watch Dr. Gary Slutkin's Transform 2013 talk.

Gary Slutkin, M.D., is a physician and epidemiologist, an innovator in violence reduction, and the founder and executive director of Cure Violence. He also is a professor of epidemiology and international health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and was formerly chief of intervention development at the World Health Organization.

Formerly known as CeaseFire, Cure Violence is a scientifically proven, public health approach to violence reduction that uses disease control and behavior change methods.

Cure Violence has been statistically demonstrated to reduce shootings and killings by 41 to 73 percent in two extensive independently funded and independently performed studies — one by the Department of Justice, and the other by Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. referred to Cure Violence as "a rational, data-driven, evidence-based, smart approach (to reducing violence)." In 2013, Cure Violence was named the ninth-best nongovernmental organization in the world by the Global Journal and listed first among organizations dedicated to reducing violence.

The Cure Violence method is currently working in 15 cities in the U.S. and in countries on three continents, including programs in the U.K., Trinidad, South Africa and Iraq. This new approach is being promoted by the National League of Cities, the National Governors Association, the White House, and highlighted by the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee and the World Bank.

Dr. Slutkin's work has been featured in Studs Terkel's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" and profiled in "Blocking the Transmission of Violence," a Sunday New York Times Magazine cover story by best-selling author Alex Kotlowitz that was included in "The Best American Science Writing 2009." "The Interrupters," a documentary film about the work of Cure Violence, has won numerous international awards.

Dr. Slutkin is currently working on a book regarding these new methods for understanding and reducing lethal violence.