Researchers’ novel approach: Track gun violence as disease

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Researchers’ novel approach: Track gun violence as disease

Harborview-based duo examining what happens to gunshot survivors

When Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar moved to the United States from Iran in 2003, new friends peppered him with questions about culture shock. The young medical doctor pursuing his master’s in public health told them the U.S. was a wonderful place for personal and professional growth, with an exciting multicultural environment and new freedoms. But he was shocked by the extent of gun violence.

Total deaths by guns in the U.S. are about 33,000 a year, rivaling the number of Americans killed by automobiles. Rowhani-Rahbar became a researcher examining the nature of gun violence.