Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH

Dr. Jessica H. Beard, a trauma surgeon at Temple University Hospital and public health researcher at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, serves as Director of Research at The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting thanks to support from a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship.

Through her three-year fellowship, Beard will work with the Center to deepen the media narrative around gun violence, with the goal of increasing support for policies and programs to curb the epidemic and save lives. The fellowship will focus on widening the lens of media reporting on gun violence in Philadelphia to provide context, solutions, and varying perspectives.

Dr. Beard holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, an MD from Yale University, and an MPH from UC-Berkeley. She completed her general surgery residency at UC-San Francisco and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. As a trauma surgeon, Beard cares for people injured by firearms every day in Philadelphia. She is passionate about firearm injury prevention and is the author of numerous publications examining firearm injury in Philadelphia.