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Theodore J. Corbin

Theodore J. Corbin, MD, MPP, FACEP

Associate Dean, Community and External Affairs; Medical Director, Healing Hurt People

Department: 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)

Awards & Honors

  • Office for Victim of Crimes’ Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services: Healing Hurt People program (2017)
  • Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow (2011)
  • Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship (2005)
  • Philadelphia Business Journal "Forty under 40" for work in youth violence (2006)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Philadelphia County Medical Society
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Action AIDS
  • Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia

Clinical Background

Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP, FACEP, 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, of which Dr. Corbin is medical director, is an emergency department–based intervention strategy for victims of intentional violence.

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)

Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP, FACEP, is associate dean for community and external affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine, as well as professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, Dr. Corbin is an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy and the director of the DrPH program.

Research Interests

Post-traumatic stress disorder, Violently injured youth


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.

In the Media


"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

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