Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E.P.
(born 1955) is professor and founding chairman of the department of Emergency Medicine
at Emory University
in Atlanta, Georgia
, USA, and founding director of the Center for Injury Control at Rollins School of Public Health
, a collaborating center for injury and violence prevention of the World Health Organization
. His include more than 180 peer-reviewed papers, monographs and book chapters on various aspects of emergency cardiac care
, health services
research, injury prevention
and the role of emergency departments
in the provision of health care
to the poor.
Kellermann co-chaired the Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance] of the Institute of Medicine of the United States National Academies, of which he is an elected member. Kellermann holds career achievement awards for excellence in science from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association. As a 2006-2007 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he joined the Professional Staff of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington, D.C. In 2007 he was awarded his profession's highest leadership and career achievement award] by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Kellermann is well known for his research on the epidemiology of firearm related injuries and deaths, published over two decades in 50 peer-reviewed publications. In a 1995 interview, Kellermann saw firearm and other injuries not as random, unavoidable acts but as preventable public health priorities: "I grew up around guns. My dad taught me how to shoot when I was eleven or twelve years old. Firearms are fascinating pieces of equipment. I enjoy the sport of shooting, although I rarely shoot anymore. However, as a clinician, as someone who is committed to emergency medicine, it is equally evident to me that firearm violence is wreaking havoc on public health.
In this polarized debate, Kellermann’s studies quantifying the risk of mortality associated with gun ownership attracted criticism from pro-gun organizations and individuals. The National Rifle Association of America contends that Dr Kellermann “severely understates defensive uses of guns,” and that his “conclusions provide anti-gunners propaganda.” Kellermann’s findings have been linked to the June, 1996 Republican-led decision of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to strip US$2.6 million from the budget of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – the exact amount previously set aside for NCIPC/CDC research into the causes and effects of firearm-related death and injury.
- Kellermann AL. and Reay DT. "Protection or peril? An analysis of firearm-related deaths in the home." N Engl J. Med 1986. 314: 1557-60.
- Kellermann AL, Rivara FP, Rushforth NB et al. "Gun Ownership as a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home." N Engl J Med. 1993; 329(15): 1084-91.
- Sloan JH, Kellermann AL, Reay DT, et al. "Handgun Regulations, Crime, Assaults, and Homicide: A Tale of Two Cities." N Engl J Med 1988; 319: 1256-62.
- Kellermann AL, Rivara FP, Somes G, et al. Suicide in the Home in Relationship to Gun Ownership. N Engl J Med. 1992; 327: 467-72.
- Kellermann AL and Mercy JA. "Men, Women, and Murder: Gender-specific Differences in Rates of Fatal Violence and Victimization." J Trauma. 1992; 33:1-5.
Letters in response: firearm injury prevention
- Kellermann AL. (2008) Guns for Safety? Dream On, Scalia. (Opinion). Washington Post. p. B02.
- Kellermann AL. (2001) Response to Kleck (letter). Homicide Studies. Sage Publications. Vol. 5, pp. 276-278.
- Ash P, Kellermann AL. (2001) Reducing Gun Carrying by Youth (letter). American Medical Association. Archives of Pediatrics. Vol. 155, pp. 330-331.
- Kellermann AL. (1995). Weapon involvement in home invasion crimes (letter). Journal of American Medical Association. Vol. 275, pp. 281.
- Kellermann AL, Somes G, Rivara FP. (1994). Guns and homicide in the home (letter). New England Journal of Med. Vol. 330, pp. 368.
- Sloan JH, Kellermann AL, Rivara FP, et al. (1989) Handgun regulations, crime, assaults and homicide: a tale of two cities (letter). New England Journal of Medicine. Vol. 320, pp. 1216-1217.
- Kellermann AL, Reay D. (1986) Firearm-related deaths (letter). New England Journal of Med. Vol. 315, pp. 1484.