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)

JAMA Network Open-The Year in Review, 2022.
(2023 Mar 1)
JAMA Netw Open 6(3): e236253
Fihn SD, Rivara FP

Practices, knowledge, and concerns for out-of-home firearm storage among those with access to firearms: results from a survey in two states.
(2023 Mar 13)
Inj Epidemiol 10(1): 15
Barnard LM, Johnson RL, Brandspigel S, Rooney LA, McCarthy M, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Knoepke CE, Peterson RA, Betz ME

The New Crisis of Increasing All-Cause Mortality in US Children and Adolescents.
(2023 Mar 13)
Woolf SH, Wolf ER, Rivara FP

Creation of online maps for voluntary out-of-home firearm storage: Experiences and opportunities.
(2023 Apr)
Prev Med Rep 32(): 102167
Betz ME, Barnard LM, Knoepke CE, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A

Proceedings from the Second Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention, 2022: Creating a Sustainable Healthcare Coalition to Advance a Multidisciplinary Public Health Approach.
(2023 Mar 6)
J Am Coll Surg
Sakran JV, Bornstein SS, Dicker R, Rivara FP, Campbell BT, Cunningham RM, Betz M, Hargarten S, Williams A, Horwitz JM, Nehra D, Burstin H, Sheehan K, Dreier FL, James T, Sathya C, Armstrong JH, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Charles S, Goldberg A, Lee LK, Stewart RM, Kerby JD, Turner PL, Bulger EM

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