Local E.R. Director: Gun Violence Should Be Public Health Issue
The families of those killed by the bullets fired at Virginia Tech last week have begun their grieving. The rest of us are left with questions: could the massacre have been short-circuited? What migh
While most of us are bystanders to these tragedies, the doctors who try to save the victims are on the front line. We’ve asked one emergency room physician who works in an urban San Diego hospital for his answers to those questions and more.
Dr. Michael Sise, director of trauma at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, says he chose trauma as his specialty because of “the high level of intensity and the fact that trauma calls forth all your skills, all your judgment, at a moment's notice. It’s like being a fireman -- sheer boredom punctuated by sheer terror.”
His experiences in the emergency room, where many of his patients are casualties of urban battles, have made him a vocal advocate for violence prevention. His current efforts are focused on community-based violence and injury prevention, substance abuse, and border health issues.
- Dr. Michael Sise, Scripps Mercy Hospital Trauma Medical Director, and clinical professor of surgery at UCSD School of Medicine.