Who We Are
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) works to amplify the health science voice and energize medical and health professionals and health advocates to take action on issues of climate and energy, toxics and health, and peace and social justice. We have been working in Maryland since 1982 and in Virginia since 2017.
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Maryland Annual Report 2016
Chesapeake PSR's History
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) was founded in Boston in 1961 by a group of physicians concerned about the real human consequences of a nuclear war. Its mission focused on educating the public about the irrevocable consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and urging people to take political action in opposition to nuclear weapons use and testing.
PSR's work to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear war grew into an international movement with the founding of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) in 1980. In 1985, PSR shared the Nobel Peace Prize with IPPNW for "spreading authoritative information and by creating an awareness of the catastrophic consequences of atomic warfare."
Today PSR continues to work to oppose the spread of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. It has also added an environmental health program. This program focuses on educating and mobilizing the medical and health communities to support a transition away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
Baltimore Physicians for Social Responsibility was founded in 1982 by a group of physicians at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. The group changed its name to Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility in 2001. In 2017, we began working in Virginia.