Chairman Thompson to Bring Gun Violence Survivor and Prevention Advocate to State of the Union

Feb 4, 2019
Press Release
Dr. Sakran survived shooting, became trauma surgeon

Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that his guest to the State of the Union will be Dr. Joseph V. Sakran, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Associate Chief of the Division of Acute Care Surgery, and Director of Emergency General Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Sakran was nearly killed by a gunshot wound as a teenager and has spent his life working to care for trauma victims, including those injured by gun violence.

“Dr. Sakran knows the lasting trauma gun violence has on its victims. He has seen it as a first responder, as a surgeon in the emergency department, and firsthand as a survivor of gun violence himself. He has dedicated his life to caring for fellow survivors and I am humbled to have him as my guest to this year’s State of the Union address,” said Chairman Thompson. “His own story and the stories of far too many survivors he has cared for in the emergency department are powerful reminders of the work we must do to help prevent future tragedies. His presence will send a message that Congress will act to help prevent gun violence and to honor those victims like Dr. Sakran and his patients.”

“It is my honor to join Congressman Mike Thompson at the State of The Union,” said Dr. Sakran. “His strong voice on ending gun violence in America is a clear demonstration of his commitment on ensuring the safety of the American people.”

Each year for the State of the Union address, Members of Congress can offer one ticket to a guest of their choosing. These slots are often used to highlight issues of importance to the member and their work in Congress. You can click here to read Dr. Sakran’s bio.


The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force was established after the tragedy at Sandy Hook and has grown to a membership of more than 165.