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

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


Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medicine


  • Attending Physician, Emergency Department
  • Professor
  • Susan P. Baker-Stephen P. Teret Chair in Violence Prevention at UC Davis
  • Director, Violence Prevention Research Program


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UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Department Phone: 916-734-5010
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)
Program Phone: 916-734-3539

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


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

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

B.S., Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1973


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

Board Certifications

Advanced Cardiac Life Support,

Advanced Trauma Life Support,

American Board of Family Medicine, 1980

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Career Award, Section on Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, American Public Health Association, 2013

Injury Prevention Award, California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, 2012

Health Care Hero, Sacramento Business Journal, 2012

Citation for Excellence, California Aggie Alumni Association, University of California, Davis, 2007

Select Recent Publications

Wintemute GJ. Tragedy’s legacy. [Invited commentary.] New England Journal of Medicine. 2013; 368: 397-399.

Frattaroli S, Webster DW, Wintemute GJ. Implementing a public health approach to gun violence prevention: the importance of physician engagement. [Invited commentary.] Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013; 158: 697-698.

Wintemute GJ. Responding to the crisis of firearm violence in the United States. [Invited commentary.] JAMA Internal Medicine. 2013; 173: 740-742.

Ranney ML, Sankoff J, Newman DH, Fenton A, Mukau L, Durston WE, Ballard DW, Wintemute G. A call to action: firearms, public health, and emergency medicine. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2013; 61: 700-702.

Wintemute G. States take a public health approach to curb gun violence. Interview by Bridget M. Kuehn. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2013; 310: 468-469.

Newgard CD, Kuppermann N, Holmes JF, Haukoos JS, Wetzel B, Hsia RY, Wang NE, Bulger EM, Staudenmayer K, Mann NC, Barton ED, Wintemute G.  Gunshot injuries in children served by emergency services. Electronic publication ahead of print by Pediatrics, October 14, 2013. 

Vittes KA, Webster DW, Frattaroli S, Claire BE, Wintemute GJ.  Removing guns from batterers: findings from a pilot survey of domestic violence restraining order recipients in California. Violence against Women. 2013; 19(5): 602-616.

Wintemute GJ. Frequency of and responses to illegal activity related to commerce in firearms: findings from the Firearms Licensee Survey. Electronic publication ahead of print by Injury Prevention, March 11, 2013.

Horeczko T, Wintemute GJ. Asthma vital signs at triage: home or admission (ASTHmA). Pediatric Emergency Care 2013; 29(2): 175-182.

Wintemute GJ. Characteristics of federally licensed firearms retailers and retail establishments in the United States: initial findings from the Firearms Licensee Survey. Journal of Urban Health. 2013; 90: 1-26.

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