Dr. Fleegler is a pediatric emergency physician who works exclusively with children. One of his areas of research is children and firearms deaths.
I do a lot of my research is in firearm injury violence and trying to understand it. In the United States, there are about 3,000 women a year who will die from firearm homicide. Fifty percent of those firearm homicides are intimate partner violence related from current or previous partners.
Dr. Fleegler says he’s drawn to emergency room care for a number of reasons. Many people wind up in the emergency room because they lack access to health care and many associated services. Working in an emergency room, you have a chance to work with patients through their crises and help get them connected to needed services.
A transcript of Dr. Fleegler’s interview is available.