A doctor who barely survived being shot as a teenager will be the guest of U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California 05) at the State of the Union Address.
Thompson, whose district includes a portion of Martinez, is the chairperson of the House’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
His guest is 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, according to Thompson’s announcement.
“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,” Thompson said.