Gary Slutkin

Founder and CEO,
Cure Violence

Dr. Gary Slutkin is the founder and CEO of Cure Violence, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and a senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO). Cure Violence is a scientifically proven, public health approach to violence reduction which uses behavior change and epidemic control methods. Cure Violence has been statistically demonstrated to reduce shootings and killings by up to 41% to 73% by four extensive independently funded and independently performed studies – by the US Department of Justice, Johns Hopkins University, the US Centers for Disease Control, and others. In 2015, Cure Violence was named one of the 20 best non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the world by the Global Geneva – and listed first among organizations dedicated to reducing violence.

The Cure Violence method is working in over 50 communities in 25 cities in the U.S. and in countries on five continents including programs in the UK, Jamaica, Trinidad, Honduras, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Iraq. Cure Violence is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and multiple national, international and local foundations and city, state and federal governments.

Slutkin is a Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), a global Ashoka fellow, and the 2009 Winner of the Search for Common Ground Award. He received his MD from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School Of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and infectious disease training at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. Before working on reducing violence, Slutkin ran the Tuberculosis (TB) Program for San Francisco (1981- 5); moved to Somalia to work on TB and cholera epidemics (1985-7); and was then recruited by the World Health Organization where he worked from 1987 to 1994 in over 20 countries, including leading the efforts – using behavior change methods – to reverse the AIDS epidemic in Uganda. He was then appointed Director of Intervention Development for WHO (global).

Slutkin’s work has been featured in “The Interrupters”, a documentary film about the work of Cure Violence, most recently in Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn’s book, “A Path Appears”, and has won numerous national and international awards including the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety. Slutkin is currently working on a book regarding these new methods for understanding and reducing lethal violence.