Robert (Rob) Gore (born 1977) is an Emergency Physician and the Founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Kings County Hospital Center. He was an inaugural TED Resident in 2016, and in 2018 named a CNN Hero.

Rob Gore
Alma materMorehouse College ('98)
State University of New York ('02)
EmployerKings County Hospital Center
Known forEmergency Medicine

Early life and educationEdit

Gore grew up in Brooklyn.[1] He is the son of a community activist and a teacher.[2] He studied at Morehouse College and graduated in 1998.[3] He attended University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and graduated in 2002.[1][4] He was a Chief Medical Resident at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.[1]


Gore has worked with Clinique Espérance et Vie, a medical clinic in Haiti that supports Terrier-Rouge and nearby areas, since 2008. He launched a crowdfunding campaign to translate their activities into a television series, The Global Empowerment Project.[5] He collaborated with Marc Baptise and Brian Paupaw.[6]

Gore founded the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine (MMSEM) Summer Fellowship - a mentoring program for underrepresented minorities in medicine. Gore believes that violence is a public health problem.[2] In 2009 he founded the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), an in-school, hospital and community non-profit anti-violence program that looks to teach young people how to resolve conflicts peacefully.[7] He developed a team of Hospital Responders, people who can respond sensitively to challenging situations that occur in a community.[1] Gore ran a series of breakfast meetings to help young black people diffuse disputes.[8] The program grew in 2011, with Gore encouraging his family, colleagues and friends to take part.[9] KAVI is part of NYC Health + Hospitals with similar initiatives in Harlem and The Bronx.[10] He was chosen as one of 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholars.[11][12] The program is supported by the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Clinton Presidential Center.[13] During his scholarship, Gore worked on a proposal to increase impact and resource for KAVI.[14]

In 2016 he delivered a Ted Talk titled Healing Inner-City Trauma.[15] He was a TED resident in the inaugural program in 2016.[16][17] He discussed KAVI on History NOW in 2016.[18] His achievements were honoured by the United Hospital Fund in 2017.[9] That year he was selected as one of Black Enterprise's 100 Men of Distinction.[19] He was selected as a CNN Hero in 2018.[20][21][22] He was awarded the Citizens' Committee for Children Vanguard Award for his work serving at-risk youth.[23] He is represented by the Serendipity Literary Agency.[24]


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  2. ^ a b Edwards, Breanna (22 May 2016). "This Emergency Room Doctor Was Tired of Seeing Gunshot Victims Who Looked Like Family, So He Did Something About It". The Root. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  3. ^ "We Are Morehouse Monthly - November 2017". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  4. ^ "Department of Emergency Medicine | Residency Programs | Faculty List | Robert Gore". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  5. ^ "Global Empowerment Project". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  6. ^ "In His Shoes: Global Empowerment Project – In Her Shoes". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  7. ^ "Kings Against Violence Initiative". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  8. ^ "Monthly NYC - Dispute Resolution Roundtable Breakfast". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  9. ^ a b "United Hospital Fund - Robert Gore, MD". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  10. ^ Gonzalez, David (2015-11-01). "In Fight to Save Young People, Brooklyn Doctor Treats Violence as a Public Health Issue". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  11. ^ "News Release". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  12. ^ King, Nelson A. "Kings County physician named 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar". Caribbean Life. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  13. ^ "About". Presidential Leadership Scholars. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  14. ^ "Rob Gore". Presidential Leadership Scholars. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  15. ^ TED Residency, Rob Gore: Healing inner-city trauma, retrieved 2018-12-15
  16. ^ "Dr. Rob Gore X TED Talk". It Needs To Be CED. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  17. ^ "Meet our first class of TED Residents". TED Blog. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  18. ^ History NOW, Stopping Violence in Brooklyn: Dr. Robert Gore | History NOW, retrieved 2018-12-15
  19. ^ "BE Modern Man: Meet 'Mr. Medicine' Robert Gore, MD". Black Enterprise. 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  20. ^ "CNN Heroes: Doctor works to save youth from violence before they reach his ER | NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County". Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  21. ^ Wilson, Wendy L. (2018-12-08). "INTERVIEW: CNN Hero, Dr. Rob Gore, helps urban youth avoid violence by healing their mind, bodies, and souls". theGrio. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  22. ^ Shakespeare, William (17 August 2018). Henry V. ISBN 9781528785518. OCLC 1049568310.
  23. ^ "2018 CCC Celebration Breakfast". CCC New York. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  24. ^ "Robert Gore". Retrieved 2018-12-15.