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)

Cognitive impairment and driving skills in youth after concussion.
(2022 Nov 23)
J Neurotrauma
Rivara FP, Ebel BE, Binjoikar M, Hanron A, Kroshus E, Ng Boyle L, Patrick K

The scientific communication ecosystem: the responsibility of investigators.
(2022 Oct 15)
Lancet 400(10360): 1289-1290
Bauchner H, Rivara FP

A Comparative Analysis of Depressive Symptoms Following Sports-Related Concussion in Youth Athletes Versus Their Age-Matched Non-concussed Counterparts.
(2022 Aug)
Cureus 14(8): e28549
Robinson EM, Sivakanthan S, Durfy S, Rivara FP, Chrisman S, Mac Donald CL

Implicit Racial and Gender Bias About Handguns: A New Implicit Association Test.
(2022 Sep 29)
J Interpers Violence
Ellyson AM, Martin KD, Bowen D, Gallagher A, Rivara FP

Coordinating a National Approach to Violence Prevention.
(2022 Sep 27)
JAMA 328(12): 1193-1194
Sakran JV, Hargarten S, Rivara FP

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