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[February 14, 2018]

SUNY Downstate’s Dr. Robert Gore Selected among
2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS)

Dr. Robert Gore (Photography : Earl Gibson III)
Dr. Robert Gore (Photography: Earl Gibson III)

Brooklyn, NY—February 14: SUNY Downstate Emergency Medicine physician and clinical assistant professor Dr. Robert Gore was named among the 59 Scholars announced in the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS). The fourth annual class is comprised of veterans, educators, doctors, public servants, and corporate professionals.

This year’s program kicked off on February 6 in Washington, D.C. andserves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders to collaborate and impact the world. Scholars learn about leadership through the lenses of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. The latest class joins an active network of 181 Scholars who are applying lessons learned through the program to make a difference in their communities in the U.S. and globally.

Examples of these Scholar-led efforts include providing employment opportunity and mentorship to veterans, combating the opioid epidemic through doctor training and patient care, empowering women with economic opportunity through clean energy in Africa, and deploying much-needed resources in the wake of natural disasters.

“We’re exceptionally proud of Dr. Gore for this very significant honor,” said SUNY Downstate president, Dr. Wayne J. Riley. “Being named among the 2018 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars is a testament to leadership excellence and the embodiment of community. He serves as a role model for healthcare professionals and young people seeking inspiration. No doubt, he will continue to make us proud at SUNY Downstate.”

“Dr. Gore’s commitment to, and the care of his patients, along with his work in the community focused on young people, are among the many reasons why he is an ideal candidate for selection as a Presidential Leadership Scholar,” said SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine Chairman Dr. Michael Lucchesi. “He believes strongly in the broad mission of bettering the world. He is a modern day hero who works tirelessly to educate young people about the detriments of interpersonal violence.”

“I am honored to be counted among the 2018 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars”, said Dr. Gore. “The opportunity to meet, work and learn with amazing thought leaders and visionaries will allow our team to further impact communities locally and globally. I look forward to the challenges that this opportunity will prepare me to meet.”

In addition to Dr. Gore’s work at Downstate, he is also an Emergency Medicine physician at Kings County Hospital, and a Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) resident. The residency is an idea incubator space made up of “smart creatives” from around the world. Dr. Gore is expanding on his current work with violence intervention and prevention and integrating the field of design into the mix. 

Dr. Gore, a Brooklyn resident and Morehouse graduate, is also the Executive Director and Founder of King’s Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a youth violence intervention and prevention program working on solutions to tackle issues of violence within the community. He is also the founder and director of the Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine (MMSEM) Summer Fellowship, a mentoring and enrichment program with a focus on project development for underrepresented minorities interested in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gore is a 2000 graduate of University of Buffalo SUNY School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and specializes in emergency medicine. To learn more about Dr. Gore’s research and publications, click here.

About the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program

The presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson bring together leaders from across the non-profit, military, public, and private sector fields to learn leadership lessons first-hand from the four presidencies. The Presidential Leadership Scholars program draws on the strengths and leadership initiatives of the four affiliated presidential centers creating a rare opportunity to instill a brand of principled leadership that transcends diverse backgrounds, while fostering opportunities for leaders to emerge ready to offer solutions to pressing national problems. The program is designed to develop a new generation of leaders who focused on solving society’s toughest challenges and creating measurable change in their communities, the nation, and the world.

About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school. For more information, visit