HIPRC News and Notes -- August 2017
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Vehicle side curtain air bags offer protection from partial ejections, new study finds

Passengers without side curtain air bags have a 15-fold increase in the odds of being partial ejected out a side window during a nearside lateral force collision when compared to those who had a side curtain air bag available, a recent study at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center found. Read more about the study on the HIPRC blog.
HIPRC core member and CIREN Project Coordinator Rob Kaufman, B.S., was lead author on the study. Co-authors on the study included HIPRC core member and CIREN Principle Investigator Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS and former HIPRC research fellow Laura Blanar, Ph.D. The research was a joint effort between HIPRC and the UW Department of Surgery’s Division of Plastic Surgery and Division of Trauma, Burn and Critical Care Surgery.

Photo by Steven Vance

Featured Faculty: From Physicist to Physician

Even as a young man, Dr. Saman Arbabi abhorred violence. He developed his views on the subject early – growing up in Iran, he watched his father, a doctor, work to save people who had been injured during conflicts in Iran in the 1970s and 80s. Those memories left a deep impression.
But when Arbabi immigrated to the United States alone at age 17, he had every intention of becoming a physicist, not a doctor. On the blog, read more about his journey to medicine and HIPRC.

INSIGHT Research Symposium highlights HIPRC interns

Summer interns in Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center’s INSIGHT Research Program presented thoughtful research and analyses on topics ranging from distracted driving to pedestrian safety, traumatic brain injury, violence prevention and emergency room diagnoses.
The program’s 38 interns presented formal research posters to mentors, parents and peers as well as a panel of judges. On the blog, read more about the interns’ though-provoking work.
A very special thanks to this year’s INSIGHT mentors: Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH, Rosemarie Fernandez, M.D., Molly Fuentes, M.D., M.S., Janessa Graves, Ph.D., Judith Hagedorn, M.D., Daniel Henning, M.D., MPH, Nathalia Jimenez, M.D., MPH, Vivian Lyons, MPH, Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW, Mahmud Mossa-Basha, M.D., Grant O’Keefe, M.D., MPH, Tam Pham, M.D., Daniel Promislow, Ph.D., Ellen Robinson, PT, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., Robert Tessler, M.D., Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, ARNP, Marie Vrablik, M.D., MCR, and Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., MPH, who mentored the PEMCO Safe Driving Campaign project.
The program also relied on the support of INSIGHT staff members Smita Stepanova-Pednekar, MSW, Kelsey McGuire, MPH, and Allyson O’Connor, MPH as well as HIPRC staff members Katie Budd, Kelsie Cleboski, MFA, Brianna Mills, Ph.D., Devin Moore, Qian Qiu, MBA, Harriet Saxe, JD, and Karen Segar, M.A.
Applications for the 2018 program will open in November.

Event Calendar

Sept. 6, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Faculty Meeting

Sept. 8, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club – Injury Care with Saman Arbabi, M.D.

Sept. 9, (Saturday) 9 a.m. - noon or 1-4 p.m.: Stop the Bleed Training at HMC Research & Training Building, 300 Ninth Ave., Seattle. Registration required.

Sept. 13, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Suicides, Homicides, and Undetermined Deaths Among Military Personnel and Veterans” with Mark Reger, Ph.D.

Sept. 20, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Predicting Death by Suicide: Proposal for a 12-year Follow-up” with Christopher DeCou, Ph.D.

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

Click here to see the full calendar. 

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence spotlights HIPRC researcher

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence will feature Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., at a program meeting on Sept. 22. Gov. Jay Inslee will also speak at the event, which is free and open to the public.
Program Meeting:
Friday, Sept 22, 10:15 am
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave, Seattle, WA

Seattle Magazine 17th Annual Top Doctors Front PageSeattle "Top Docs" list highlights center members

Five HIPRC associate members were selected for the 2017 Top Doctors list published by Seattle Magazine. Local physicians recommend peers for the list, and this year saw 8,700 nominations submitted.
HIPRC members who appear on the list include Stan Herring, M.D., for Clinical Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Jeffrey Jarvik, M.D., MPH, for Neuroradiology, Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, for Psychiatry, Hunter Wessells, M.D., FACS, for Urology and Edward Gibbons, M.D., for Cardiology Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease. They are among 175 doctors selected for the list who are affiliated with UW Medicine.

HIPRC researchers to feature at national conferences

Researchers, fellows and staff from HIPRC will present findings and lead discussions at several national conferences in September focused injury prevention and trauma care.

76th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery
Sept. 13-16, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore.

Core member Ronald Maier, M.D., pictured left, will give the William T. Fitts, Jr. Oration as a featured speaker.
A number of HIPRC members will also serve as discussants during the meeting, including Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, Grant O’Keefe, M.D., MPH, and Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS.

SAVIR Conference
Sept. 18-20, Michigan League, Ann Arbor, MI.

HIPRC research will be represented at the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research Conference by faculty, staff and fellows. Research Scientist and Epidemiologist Brianna Mills, Ph.D., Research Assistant and doctoral student Vivian Lyons, MPH, and T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow Stephen Mooney, Ph.D. will present their research, and Lyons will also present a project led by T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow Robert Tessler, M.D. Members presenting posters or serving on panel discussions include director Monica Vavilala, M.D., violence prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., and core members Megan Moore, Ph.D., MSW and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference
Sept. 25-26, DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, Seattle.

Faculty at the conference will include HIPRC Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, and core members Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, Grant O’Keefe, M.D., MPH, and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH. Bulger is also serving as a course director at the conference and as a member of the planning committee. The conference will also feature HIPRC associate members Kari Keys, M.D., Giana Davidson, M.D., MPH, Mary King, M.D., Sam Mandell, M.D., MPH, Jamie Shandro, M.D., MPH,  and Bryan Voelzke, M.D., M.S.
Christine MacDonald was featured in a King 5 story on her research into veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
In the News
  • Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., was quoted in articles by Mother Jones and Reuters regarding his recently published study examining training rates among gun owners in the United States.
Graphic by Elizar Mercado, UW School of Public Health
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