David Ross walks the halls of the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center dressed in scrubs. He waits for victims of stabbings, shootings, and assaults to recover from their injuries—and then makes his move.
As those patients are stabilized and begin to feel better, Ross approaches. He begins somewhat informally, speaking to them like a friend, a guy the victim might bump into on the street.
"When they are the most vulnerable, it's the best time to get them into service," said Ross, a Baltimore native and specialist with Shock Trauma's Violence Intervention Program.
More than a dozen times each week, hundreds of times a year, Ross...