The National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs Advisory Board consists of a representative from each of the NNHVIP Core Member Programs. Click on a name below to learn more about our leadership.


Advisory Board

Carnell Cooper, MD – Violence Intervention Program (Baltimore, MD)

Ted Corbin, MD, MPP – Healing Hurt People (Philadelphia, PA)

Rochelle Dicker, MD (Chair) – Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Joel Fein, MD, MPH  – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

Anne Marks, MPP  – Caught in the Crossfire (Oakland, CA)

Thea James, MD, – Violence Intervention Advocacy Program at Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA)

Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD – Project Ujima (Milwaukee, WI)

Kyle Fischer, MD, MPH – Policy Director

Katie Bakes, MD – At-Risk Intervention and Mentoring (AIM) (Denver, CO)


Executive Director: Fatimah Muhammad

Executive Coordinator: Seth DiLorenzo

Manager, Training and Technical Assistance: Adrian Sanchez

Research and Evaluation Coordinator: Mariana Garrettson


Carnell Cooper, MD
Violence Intervention Program (Baltimore, MD)

Carnell Cooper, MD is the Program Director of the Violence Prevention Program, under which, the Violence Intervention Program operates. He and his team completed the largest concurrent case-control study to date on intentional victims of violence, which was the first randomized, prospective evaluation of a hospital-based violence prevention program. Dr. Cooper is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, a member of the Association of Academic Minority Physicians, the Chief of Trauma Services at Prince George’s Hospital Center, and an Attending at the RA Cowley Shock Trauma Center. In 2009, Dr. Cooper was honored as one of CNN’s Heroes for his amazing work. Back to top.

Ted Corbin, MD, MPP
Healing Hurt People (Philadelphia, PA)

Ted Corbin, MD, MPP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of Healing Hurt People. Dr. Corbin received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. In 2006, Dr. Corbin was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the “Forty Under Forty” for his work in youth violence. In 2005, he was awarded a Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship, and in 2011, he was awarded a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship. Back to top.

Rochelle Dicker, MD (Chair)

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Rochelle Dicker, MD is a physician at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Previously, she served as Director of the UCSF/San Francisco Wraparound Project at San Francisco General Hospital. She is double boarded in General Surgery and Critical Care. Her interests include violence prevention and the development of systems for mass casualty and trauma in the developing world.. Back to top.

Joel Fein, MD, MPH
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

Joel A. Fein MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the Co-Director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Violence Prevention Initiative.  He is an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Director of Advocacy and Health Policy for that Department.  Dr. Fein’s research focuses on violence prevention, mental health, and procedural pain management. Back to top.

Anne Marks, MPP

Caught in the Crossfire (Oakland, CA)

Anne Marks is the Executive Director of Youth ALIVE!, the nonprofit organization that founded NNHVIP and remains committed to its mission of preventing violence and developing youth leadership. Youth ALIVE!’s Caught in the Crossfire program, founded in 1994, was the nation’s first hospital-based violence intervention program. Before joining Youth ALIVE!, Anne administered the City of Oakland’s prison reentry strategies and then, after the passage of a local Measure Y, oversaw $6 million annually of violence prevention strategies. She has done communications for the U.S. State Department, a presidential campaign, and local initiatives. She received a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, focusing on strategic management and public relations. Back to top.

Thea James, MD
Violence Intervention Advocacy Program at Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA)

Thea James, MD is the Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine as well as an attending physician in the Emergency Department. She is the Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), which she co-founded in 2006. Dr. James engages in groundbreaking clinical and academic work that takes place both in BMC’s backyard and around the world. She co-founded Unified for Global Healing, a foundation aimed at improving health outcomes worldwide. As a supervising medical officer on the Massachusetts Disaster Medical Assistance Team she has provided emergency medical care to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, and earthquake victims in Iran and Haiti.

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Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD
Project Ujima (Milwaukee, WI)

Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD is Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is Medical Director of Project Ujima, an intervention/prevention program for youth interpersonal violence. Since 1978, she has provided clinical care in the Emergency Department/Trauma Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as a pediatric emergency medicine specialist. Dr. Melzer-Lange advises the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services for Children on intentional injury prevention, and serves on the Injury Coordinating Council of the Department of Health and Family Services. Back to top.

Kyle Fischer, MD, MPH
Policy Director

Kyle Fischer, MD, MPH an emergency physician and health policy fellow with the University of Maryland. He received a combined MD/MPH from the University of Wisconsin.  His interest in violence prevention stems from his emergency medicine residency in Philadelphia where he volunteered with the Healing Hurt People Program.  Currently, Dr. Fischer works clinically at Prince George’s Hospital Center. His interests focus on the development and promotion of policies that improve systems of care for victims of violent injury.  Dr. Fischer possesses health policy both experience with both non-profit organizations as well as state and federal legislatures including, Wisconsin, Maryland, and the United States House of Representatives. Back to top.

Katie Bakes, MD

At-Risk Intervention and Mentoring (Denver, CO)

Katie Bakes, MD is an attending physician at Denver Health Emergency Department and professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. Currently she serves as Director of At-Risk Intervention and Mentoring (AIM), a hospital-based violence intervention program focused on connecting at-risk and gang affected youth with focused mentoring through partnerships with local grassroots organizations, and support services such as mental health, drug addiction, education, job placement and housing relocation.

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Marla Becker, MPH is the Director of NNHVIP and has been working in the field of violence prevention for the past 13 years at Youth ALIVE!, a non-profit dedicated to preventing youth violence and generating youth leaders