UB alumnus, Top 10 CNN Hero Robert Gore to speak at Spring Clinical Day

By Barbara Byers

Release Date: April 10, 2019

Robert Gore stands with arms crossed.

Robert Gore

“I learned that you go to protest marches, you do voter registration, you volunteer, you tutor, you mentor. I don’t know if I’ve ever not done that. Activism and engagement are what I know”
Robert J. Gore, UB alumnus

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Robert J. Gore, a 2002 alumnus of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, will deliver the keynote address for the school’s annual Spring Clinical Day at 10 a.m. on May 4.

An attending physician and clinical assistant professor at Kings County Hospital, SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine in Brooklyn, Gore is the founder and executive director of the KAVI, a hospital-, school- and community-based youth violence intervention, prevention and empowerment program for teens and young adults. His keynote will address his grassroots approach to changing the world as a physician.

“A common theme around the dinner table when I was growing up was, ‘If there’s a problem, how are you going to fix it?’” Gore said. “I learned that you go to protest marches, you do voter registration, you volunteer, you tutor, you mentor. I don’t know if I’ve ever not done that. Activism and engagement are what I know.”

Gore was named a 2018 Top 10 CNN Hero, a global honor that celebrates everyday people changing the world. He was also a member of the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, and has been featured in the New York Times, the History Channel’s History Now series, TheRoot.com, Black Enterprise, BET, The Grio and more.

Born in Buffalo and raised in Brooklyn, Gore completed his residency in emergency medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago after graduating from the Jacobs School. He is also the founding director of the Brooklyn-based Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine Summer Fellowship, a mentoring and enrichment program for underrepresented minorities interested in emergency medicine.

Since 2008, Gore has been working as a consultant for Clinique Espérance et Vie in Terrier Rouge in Haiti. He is on the advisory board for EMEDEX International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the global promotion and advancement of emergency medicine, disaster management and public health.

The public is invited to attend Gore’s keynote in the Jacobs School, 955 Main St., Buffalo. The cost is $10 per person; there is no charge for UB students and residents. Tickets may be purchased online at this web address.

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