“We are a community of concerned citizens and academicians who want to address some of the pressing issues regarding gun violence in Tennessee. We support the Second amendment, but also advocate for common-sense measures that would lessen rates of gun injury and death in our state without infringing on anyone’s rights. The Safe Tennessee Project is comprised of concerned physicians from psychiatry, pediatrics, surgery, trauma, as well as from the College of Arts and Sciences. Our group includes people who hold a wide range of views about gun rights, but who want to prevent unnecessary suffering.”


Beth Joslin Roth
Executive Director and Policy Director

Susan Clark
Deputy Director

Jonathan Metzl, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Director

Charis Brookshire
Outreach Director

Melissa Gabriel, Esq.
Legal Analyst


The role of the Safe Tennessee Project Advisory Board is to provide specific expertise, guidance and recommendations to the organization. All Advisory Board members are volunteers and not compensated for their time or support.

The Safe Tennessee Project views the issue of gun violence as a public health issue, an opinion shared by numerous health organizations such as American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Association, the American Public Health Association, as well as the American Bar Association.

Jonathan Metzl, M.D., Ph.D.
Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society
Director, Vanderbilt Center of Medicine, Health, and Society
Professor of Psychiatry

Raeanna Adams, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
Associate Fellowship Director, Surgical Critical Care
Vanderbilt Department of Surgery

Dan Beauchamp, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Past President, Tennessee Chapter American College of Surgeons
J.C. Foshee Distinguished Professor and Chair,
Section of Surgical Sciences.
Deputy Director, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Surgeon-in-Chief, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Cristina Estrada, M.D.
Vanderbilt Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Emergency Department Division Chief
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Associate Professor

Michelle D. Fiscus, M.D. F.A.A.P.
Immediate Past President
Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Oscar Guillamondegui, M.D.
Director of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Hospital
Chair, Tennessee Trauma Care Advisory Council
Associate Professor

Harold “Bo” N. Lovvorn, III, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Scott Ridgway, M.S.
Executive Director
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network

Purnima Unni, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Manager
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Department of Pediatric Surgery/Trauma