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Gary Slutkin

Epidemiologist & Founder/Executive Director of Cure Violence

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Gary Slutkin Biography

Dr. Gary Slutkin is a physician and epidemiologist formerly of the World Health Organization, the Founder and CEO of Cure Violence, and an innovator in health, behavior change, and data based approaches to local and global problems. Cure Violence is listed No. 9 among the top 500 NGOs in the World by The NGO Advisor, and 1st among NGOs devoted to reducing violence.

Dr. Slutkin received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and infectious disease training at UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), where he was also the Chief Resident in Medicine. Following a year in Africa he returned to SFGH for infectious disease training, and was then asked to run the Tuberculosis Program for the City of San Francisco at a time when S.F. had the highest rate of tuberculosis in the country. Here he innovated with the use of local health workers, and this epidemic was reversed within 3 years.

Dr. Slutkin then moved to Somalia to work on TB and cholera epidemics full time and lived in Somalia for 3 years, guiding the work of TB control in 40 refugee camps consisting of 1 million refugees, and then co-guided the response to a devastating national cholera epidemic.

Dr. Slutkin was then recruited in 1987 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to join the newly forming WHO Global Program on AIDS where he worked in over 25 countries. He was assigned to lead the efforts to start the national AIDS programs with the 13 countries in the epicenter of the epidemic in central and East Africa. Dr. Slutkin also led World Health Organization’s efforts to reverse the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, and Uganda became the first country, and for over 10 years the only country, to successfully reverse its AIDS epidemic. He was then appointed Director of Intervention Development for WHO at Global Headquarters/Geneva where he formed and led a team responsible for guiding countries around the world in behavior change methods.

After 10 years abroad, Dr. Slutkin returned home to the U.S. and shifted his focus to violence, seeing it as an epidemic process since the charts, maps and graphs as well as other epidemiologic characteristics appeared to define it in that way. He is credited with having fully revealed the scientific and practical links for seeing and treating violence more as a standard health epidemic. In the year 2000 he founded Cure Violence which has achieved 40 – 70% drops in violence – and sometimes to 90-100% using these methods. The approach is summarized in the 2013 Institute of Medicine Report, “The Contagion of Violence”, and in his article in that volume entitle “Violence is a Contagious Disease”. Seeing and treating violence as a health problem changes our view of people as well as the approach to the problem.

Cure Violence works in over 100 communities in 25 U.S. cities and 15 countries with the focus abroad in Latin America and the Middle East. There have been multiple independent evaluations of the work, and several heavily impacted communities have gone to zero shootings or killings for 1 to 3 years with this approach.

New initiatives for 2019 include expanding the national effort to design more complete systems for community health and safety, and an exploration of health-based intersections with the justice reform movement – in language, policy, systems and metrics. The international work is focused on reducing the stresses to immigration through violence reduction in Latin America, and a new approach to conflict zones focusing on the Middle East in particular Syria, Israel and the West Bank.

Dr. Slutkin’s work has been featured as the NY Times Sunday Magazine Cover Story, “Blocking The Transmission of Violence”, the award winning documentary film, “The Interrupters”, and in over a dozen books, most recently in Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn’s book, “A Path Appears”. He also has a very highly acclaimed TED Talk. He has appeared on The PBS News Hour, CNN, 60 Minutes, and is quoted regularly in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Economist, and other leading publications. National and international awards include the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Public Safety, The Order of Lincoln Award, and the UNICEF Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Dr. Slutkin speaks regularly at local, national and global forums including The World Bank, Institute of Medicine, The World Economic Forum, and the UN. He is a Global Ashoka fellow, and is a senior advisor to the World Health Organization.

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Gary Slutkin Biography

Dr. Gary Slutkin is a physician and epidemiologist formerly of the World Health Organization, the Founder and CEO of Cure Violence, and an innovator in health, behavior change, and data based approaches to local and global problems. Cure Violence is listed No. 9 among the top 500 NGOs in the World by The NGO Advisor, and 1st among NGOs devoted to reducing violence.

Dr. Slutkin received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and infectious disease training at UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), where he was also the Chief Resident in Medicine. Following a year in Africa he returned to SFGH for infectious disease training, and was then asked to run the Tuberculosis Program for the City of San Francisco at a time when S.F. had the highest rate of tuberculosis in the country. Here he innovated with the use of local health workers, and this epidemic was reversed within 3 years.

Dr. Slutkin then moved to Somalia to work on TB and cholera epidemics full time and lived in Somalia for 3 years, guiding the work of TB control in 40 refugee camps consisting of 1 million refugees, and then co-guided the response to a devastating national cholera epidemic.

Dr. Slutkin was then recruited in 1987 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to join the newly forming WHO Global Program on AIDS where he worked in over 25 countries. He was assigned to lead the efforts to start the national AIDS programs with the 13 countries in the epicenter of the epidemic in central and East Africa. Dr. Slutkin also led World Health Organization’s efforts to reverse the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, and Uganda became the first country, and for over 10 years the only country, to successfully reverse its AIDS epidemic. He was then appointed Director of Intervention Development for WHO at Global Headquarters/Geneva where he formed and led a team responsible for guiding countries around the world in behavior change methods.

After 10 years abroad, Dr. Slutkin returned home to the U.S. and shifted his focus to violence, seeing it as an epidemic process since the charts, maps and graphs as well as other epidemiologic characteristics appeared to define it in that way. He is credited with having fully revealed the scientific and practical links for seeing and treating violence more as a standard health epidemic. In the year 2000 he founded Cure Violence which has achieved 40 – 70% drops in violence – and sometimes to 90-100% using these methods. The approach is summarized in the 2013 Institute of Medicine Report, “The Contagion of Violence”, and in his article in that volume entitle “Violence is a Contagious Disease”. Seeing and treating violence as a health problem changes our view of people as well as the approach to the problem.

Cure Violence works in over 100 communities in 25 U.S. cities and 15 countries with the focus abroad in Latin America and the Middle East. There have been multiple independent evaluations of the work, and several heavily impacted communities have gone to zero shootings or killings for 1 to 3 years with this approach.

New initiatives for 2019 include expanding the national effort to design more complete systems for community health and safety, and an exploration of health-based intersections with the justice reform movement – in language, policy, systems and metrics. The international work is focused on reducing the stresses to immigration through violence reduction in Latin America, and a new approach to conflict zones focusing on the Middle East in particular Syria, Israel and the West Bank.

Dr. Slutkin’s work has been featured as the NY Times Sunday Magazine Cover Story, “Blocking The Transmission of Violence”, the award winning documentary film, “The Interrupters”, and in over a dozen books, most recently in Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn’s book, “A Path Appears”. He also has a very highly acclaimed TED Talk. He has appeared on The PBS News Hour, CNN, 60 Minutes, and is quoted regularly in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Economist, and other leading publications. National and international awards include the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Public Safety, The Order of Lincoln Award, and the UNICEF Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Dr. Slutkin speaks regularly at local, national and global forums including The World Bank, Institute of Medicine, The World Economic Forum, and the UN. He is a Global Ashoka fellow, and is a senior advisor to the World Health Organization.

Gary Slutkin Videos

  • Dr. Gary Slutkin on Chicago Violence
  • “Violence is an infectious disease” with Gary Slutkin, MD
  • Gary Slutkin: Let's treat violence like a contagious disease

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  • How to book Gary Slutkin?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Gary Slutkin for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Gary Slutkin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Gary Slutkin or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Gary Slutkin?

    Booking fees for Gary Slutkin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Gary Slutkin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Gary Slutkin?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Gary Slutkin for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Gary Slutkin for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Gary Slutkin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Gary Slutkin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Gary Slutkin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Gary Slutkin for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Gary Slutkin generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dr. Joel Selanikio, Dr. Francis Collins, Catherine Mohr, Daniel Kraft, M.D. and Barney Graham, M.D., Ph.D. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Gary Slutkin for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Gary Slutkin Speaker Videos

  • Dr. Gary Slutkin on Chicago Violence
    “Violence is an infectious disease” with Gary Slutkin, MD
  • Gary Slutkin: Let's treat violence like a contagious disease
    Gary Slutkin: Can violence be cured? - YouTube
  • Gary Slutkin Q&A - at TEDMED 2013 - YouTube

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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