Frederick Rivara

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Dentistry



MD University of Pennsylvania, 1974
MPH University of Washington, 1980



Box 359960
401 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122


Dr. Rivara served as founding director of the Harborview Injury and Research Center in Seattle for 13 years, founding president of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, and his contributions to the field of injury control have spanned 30 years. He has received numerous honors including the Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section Distinguished Career Award, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Injury and Poison Prevention, Physician Achievement Award, and the UW School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award. Rivara was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005. Rivara is also a founding board member of the Washington State Academy of Science. He was one of the editors of WHO's report, World Report on Child Injury

Research Areas

Research Interests

His research interests have included the efficacy and promotion of bicycle helmets, prevention of pedestrian injuries, youth violence, the epidemiology of firearm injuries, intimate partner violence, interventions for alcohol abuse in trauma patients and the effectiveness of trauma systems in the care of pediatric and adult trauma patients. He continues as an active clinician, teacher, investigator, and advocate at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Effect of parental education and household poverty on recovery after traumatic brain injury in school-aged children.
(2021 Sep 16)
Brain Inj
Zonfrillo MR, Haarbauer-Krupa J, Wang J, Durbin D, Jaffe KM, Temkin N, Bell M, Tulsky DS, Bertisch H, Yeates KO, Rivara FP

Components of Health-Related Quality of Life Most Affected Following Pediatric Critical Illness.
(2021 Aug 20)
Crit Care Med
Killien EY, Rivara FP, Dervan LA, Smith MB, Watson RS

Firearms and protective orders in intimate partner homicides.
J Fam Violence 36(): 587-596
Lyons VH, Adhia A, Moe C, Kernic MA, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Rivara FP

Barriers to recruitment, retention and intervention delivery in a randomized trial among patients with firearm injuries.
(2021 Jul 26)
Inj Epidemiol 8(1): 37
Floyd AS, Lyons VH, Whiteside LK, Haggerty KP, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A

Optimal Timing of Tracheostomy in Injured Adolescents.
(2021 Jul 1)
Pediatr Crit Care Med 22(7): 629-641
Butler EK, Killien EY, Groner JI, Arbabi S, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP

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