Garen J. Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H. for UC Davis Health

Garen J. Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H.

Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at UC Davis

Director, Violence Prevention Research Program

Attending Physician, Emergency Department


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Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine

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UC Davis Medical Center

Emergency Medicine Department
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-3790

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800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

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Research/Academic Interests

Garen J. Wintemute is a renowned expert on the public health crisis of gun violence and a pioneer in the field of injury epidemiology and prevention of firearm violence, which results in approximately 30,000 deaths a year and approximately 75,000 nonfatal injuries seen in hospital emergency departments.

Dr. Wintemute's longstanding commitment to understand the nature of firearm violence and its underlying causes has produced a uniquely rich and informative body of research on firearm violence that directly improves the health and safety of Americans and has positioned California and UC Davis as national leaders in efforts to break the cycle of gun violence.

Dr. Wintemute has conducted and published findings from numerous studies on gun accessibility, connections between gun ownership and violence, and related topics. He has testified before Congress and served as a consultant for the National Institute of Justice; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


Emergency Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Violence Prevention Research Program

Undergraduate School

B.S., cum laude, Biology, Yale University, New Haven CT 1973

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1977

Other School

M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD 1983


Family Practice, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 1980

Crede Visiting Professorship, Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics, UC San Francisco, 2022

Public Health Leadership Award, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (Inaugural recipient), 2020

Deans’ Team Award for Excellence in Research, UC Davis Health, 2017

Senator Ken Maddy Political Leadership Award, California Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians, 2017

Distinguished Achievement Award, Cal Aggie Alumni Association, UC Davis, 2015

Schleimer JP, Pear VA, McCort CD, Shev AB, De Biasi A, Tomsich E, Buggs S, Laqueur HS, Wintemute GJ. Unemployment and Crime in US Cities During the Coronavirus Pandemic. J Urban Health. 2022 Feb;99(1):82-91. doi:10.1007/s11524-021-00605-3. Epub 2022 Jan 27. PMID:35084658.

Wintemute GJ, Aubel AJ, Pallin R, Schleimer JP, Kravitz-Wirtz N. Experiences of violence in daily life among adults in California: a population-representative survey. Inj Epidemiol. 2022 Jan 3;9(1):1. doi:10.1186/s40621-021-00367-1. PMID:34980276.

Schleimer JP, Buggs SA, McCort CD, Pear VA, Biasi A, Tomsich E, Shev AB, Laqueur HS, Wintemute GJ. Neighborhood Racial and Economic Segregation and Disparities in Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Public Health. 2022 Jan;112(1):144-153. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2021.306540. Epub 2021 Dec 9. PMID:34882429.

Pallin R, Wintemute GJ, Kravitz-Wirtz N. "What does it depend on?": Perceptions of safety related to firearms in homes and neighborhoods. PLoS One. 2021 Dec 29;16(12):e0261038. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0261038. PMID:34965246.

Tomsich EA, Schleimer J, Wright MA, Stewart SL, Wintemute GJ, Kagawa RMC. Intimate Partner Violence and Subsequent Violent Offending Among Handgun Purchasers. J Interpers Violence. 2021 Dec 12:8862605211057268. doi:10.1177/08862605211057268. Epub ahead of print. PMID:34894835.

Tseregounis IE, Tancredi DJ, Stewart SL, Shev AB, Crawford A, Gasper JJ, Wintemute G, Marshall BDL, Cerdá M, Henry SG. A Risk Prediction Model for Long-term Prescription Opioid Use. Med Care. 2021 Dec 1;59(12):1051-1058. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000001651. PMID:34629423.

Schleimer JP, McCort CD, Tomsich EA, Pear VA, De Biasi A, Buggs S, Laqueur HS, Shev AB, Wintemute GJ. Physical Distancing, Violence, and Crime in US Cities during the Coronavirus Pandemic. J Urban Health. 2021 Dec;98(6):772-776. doi:10.1007/s11524-021-00593-4. Epub 2021 Nov 29. PMID:34845654.

Pallin R, Tomsich E, Schleimer J, Pear V, Charbonneau A, Wintemute G, Knoepke C. Understanding the circumstances and perceptions of gun violence restraining order use in California: A qualitative study. Criminology and Public Policy. 2021;20(4):755-773. doi:10.1111/1745-9133.12560.

Wintemute GJ. Guns, violence, politics: the gyre widens. Inj Epidemiol. 2021 Nov 2;8(1):64. doi:10.1186/s40621-021-00357-3. PMID:34727981.

Pallin R, Aubel AJ, Knoepke CE, Pear VA, Wintemute GJ, Kravitz-Wirtz N. News media coverage of extreme risk protection order policies surrounding the Parkland shooting: a mixed-methods analysis. BMC Public Health. 2021 Nov 2;21(1):1986. doi:10.1186/s12889-021-11909-z. PMID:34727916.

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