Dr. Marjorie Fujara
Dr. Marjorie Fujara is a Board-Certified Pediatrician in Chicago Illinois. She also holds a certification in the sub-specialty of child abuse pediatrics. She received her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been in practice for 23 years.
For over ten years, Dr. Fujara has served Cook County as a physician on the Child Protective Services team at Stroger Hospital and on the staff at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. Most of her time is spent examining victims of child abuse. She appears frequently on behalf of her patients in court as an expert witness in the criminal trials of the perpetrators. Dr. Fujara also sits on the Cook County Child Death Review Team. She is witness daily to the effects of the cycle of violence in our communities.
Her impassioned professional interests include violence prevention, mental health care for families and all issues that affect the health and wellbeing of women and children.
Dr. Fujara is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rush Medical College and a strong advocate for greater gun safety. She teaches residents and medical students about gun violence as a public health problem, drawing analogies between cigarette smoking and gun violence and showing how the government acted to reduce smoking-related deaths despite the power of the tobacco industry.
She believes gun violence is a pressing public health epidemic and that we can apply lessons learned to contribute to common sense approaches to gun violence prevention. She notes that:
- Homicide and suicide by firearms ranks in the top five causes of death throughout the lifespan.
- Firearms are the leading cause of death amongst males of color between the ages of 15-24.
- 1 in 3 homes with children have a gun.
- In nearly half of the homes guns are not securely stored, are mostly unlocked and almost always loaded.
- The average 4 year old is strong enough to pull the trigger on a loaded firearm.
Like many Americans, the tragedy at Sandy Hook rocked Dr. Fujara to her core. She wants to see:
- An assault weapons ban.
- Universal Background Checks.
- Limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds.
Dr. Fujara points out that leading medical societies, like the AMA and the American Academy of Pediatrics, have both issued formal policy statements calling for these sane gun laws, and that The National Council of Churches, The Children’s Defense Fund, and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) also supports these measures.
As part of her personal advocacy regarding gun violence she has posted powerful videos on You Tube including “Why Guns Are A Medical issue” and “A Doctor Explains The Impact Of Gun Violence.” Further non-violence advocacy includes being arrested in Chicago as an anti-war protestor.
Although she takes great pride in her work as a physician, she is most proud of her work at home where she shares the privilege and challenge of raising four great kids with her husband, Karl. She lives with her family in Evanston Illinois.