Dr. Ricky Choi says that hearing and being a part of his patients’ powerful stores has moved him to speak out gun violence. In this interview he reflects on the power of storytelling and how he uses social media, particularly Twitter and blogs, to be heard.
“Clinicians under recognize the amount of influence and power that they have,” said Choi, “whether it be on the individual patient level or engaging city councilman, local legislators, state and even at the national level; we have the stories, the medical training, the data and knowledge that give us an incredible amount of credibility.”
Choi is a board certified pediatrician based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His primary care practice largely consists of low income and new immigrant underserved communities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Physicians Alliance which has been speaking out for sensible gun violence prevention. He is also a national leader with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has issued a policy statement on Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population .