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Theodore J. Corbin

Theodore J. Corbin, MD, MPP, FACEP

Director of Violence Intervention Program; Co-director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice; Associate Professor

Department: Emergency Medicine

Practices: Drexel Emergency Medicine

Specialties: Emergency Medicine


  • MD - Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann School of Medicine (1997)
  • MPP - Princeton University (2008)
  • BS in Biology, Cum Laude - Lincoln University (1990)

Dr. Theodore Corbin is board certified in emergency medicine. He is co-director of the Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice, a collaboration of the College of Medicine and the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. The Center's Healing Hurt People program is an emergency department based intervention strategy for victims of intentional violence.

Affiliated Hospitals: Hahnemann University Hospital; St. Joseph's Hospital

Awards and Honors

  • Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow (2011)
  • Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship (2005)
  • Philadelphia Business Journal "Forty under 40" for work in youth violence (2006)


  • Philadelphia County Medical Society

Professional Activities

  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Action AIDS
  • Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia

In the News

"Drexel Program Helping Violence Victims to Expand Across Philadelphia Hospitals"
College of Medicine Newsroom (February 19, 2015)

"Newtown opens eyes to other gun violence against young people"
CNN (January 14, 2013)

"In Country, In City" (Scroll down to Act Two)
"This American Life" Radio Program (January 2013)

"Drexel Program Extends a Hand to Victims of Violence" (November 28, 2011)

"Young black men: The carnage just gets worse"
Metro (November 2012)

Clinical Services

Emergency medical procedures, Trauma, Intentionally injured youth - follow up, Violence intervention/prevention


  • Emergency Medicine - Howard University Hospital (2001)


  • Emergency Medicine - Howard University Hospital (1999)

Dr. Corbin is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. In addition, at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, Dr. Corbin holds appointments as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and as the director of the combined MD/MPH Program.


Dr. Corbin is in the process of applying for institutional review board approval to utilize a service database for deidentified information on the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder in violently injured youth seen in the emergency department.

Research Interests

Post-traumatic stress disorder, Violently injured youth


"Gender-specific Research on Mental Illness in the Emergency Department: Current Knowledge and Future Directions"
Ranney ML, Locci N, Adams EJ, Betz M, Burmeister DB, Corbin T, Dalawari P, Jacoby JL, Linden J, Purtle J, North C, Houry DE
Academic Emergency Medicine (November 20, 2014)

"The Prevalence of Trauma and Childhood Adversity in an Urban, Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program"
Theodore J. Corbin, Jonathan Purtle, Linda J. Rich, John A. Rich, Erica J. Adams, Garrett Yee, Sandra L. Bloom
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24 (3), 1021-1030 (August 2013)

"Hospital-based violence intervention programs save lives and money"
Jonathan Purtle, Rochelle Dicker, Carnell Cooper, Theodore Corbin, Michael Greene, Anne Marks, Diana Creaser, Deric Topp, Dawn Moreland
Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 75(2): 331-3 (August 2013)

Contact Information

Academic Office

Drexel Emergency Medicine
245 N. 15th Street
MS 1011
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.2368
Fax: 215.762.1307