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In this episode Emily Lieberman, MD, FAAP, shares the story of surviving a mass shooting with her family and how that led to her advocacy for gun violence prevention. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk to Brian Jenssen, MD, MSHP, FAAP, about his research on how to survey adolescents about risky behaviors and get accurate results. 



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Emily Lieberman, MD, FAAP


Emily Lieberman, MD, FAAP, is a general pediatrician in the Chicago area. She and her family are also survivors of the Highland Park Parade mass shooting in 2022. In the aftermath of that trauma, she founded OnCall4Kids, a non-partisan coalition of physicians and healthcare workers dedicated to creating a safer America for children, free from gun violence. OnCall4Kids uses evidence-based data and personal testimony to support its expert opinion that improved gun safety legislation can help save lives. The group organizes meetings with federal lawmakers in Washington, DC, and stateside to discuss safe storage regulations, universal background checks, and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. 

Brian Jenssen, MD, MSHP, FAAP


Brian Jenssen, MD, MSHP, FAAP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, a practicing primary care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Associate Director for Clinical Impact for CHOP Clinical Futures, and the Medical Director for Value-Based Care for CHOP’s Care Network (a primary care network for pediatric patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey). Dr. Jenssen’s research involves the use of clinical decision support systems and population health management techniques to protect children from secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use. Current efforts include helping parents quit smoking in clinical settings and clinical and policy research to protect adolescents and youth from e-cigarettes/vaping. More broadly, he focuses on leveraging health information technology to engineer and implement novel approaches and products to improve care for children and their parents. 



Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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