HIPRC News and Notes -- July 2018
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HIPRC joins collaboration to reduce firearm injuries

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center joined ten other healthcare provider organizations on June 19 in a pledge to work together to reduce firearm injury and death.

The collaboration, led by Public Health – Seattle & King County with support from HIPRC, seeks to use a public health approach to mobilize physicians, researchers, communities and families around prevention education and strategies, such as suicide prevention, patient education and safe firearm storage.

Representatives in the collaboration affiliated with HIPRC include Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., MPH, Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.

Read more about the collaboration on the HIPRC blog, or check out additional coverage in Public Health Insider, KIRO and KNKX.

Seattle City Council passes safe storage legislation, citing HIPRC research

Research and outreach from Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center are cited in a new Seattle ordinance, passed earlier this month and signed Wednesday, which imposes civil penalties on firearm owners who don’t lock up their guns.

The legislation cites prior research from HIPRC that found safe storage of firearms reduces accidental firearm injuries and suicides among youth by 73 percent. Read more about the legislation on the HIPRC blog or from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's office, the UW Medicine Newsroom, and King 5.

Save the Date: INSIGHT Research Symposium

Join the INSIGHT Summer Research Program for the annual research symposium and poster session. Meet our summer interns to learn about their hands-on research projects in a variety of injury topics and join us for a keynote address by Jeffrey Duchin, M.D., health officer of Public Health – Seattle & King County.

INSIGHT Research Symposium
Aug. 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Research & Training Building
Harborview Medical Center
300 Ninth Ave., Seattle


Photo from 2017 INSIGHT Research Symposium

TBI webinar recordings released

TBI Webinar: Hot Topics & Best Practice in Adult TBIAll sessions from the webinar “Hot Topics and Best Practice in Adult TBI” are available to view online with optional closed captioning. Join leading experts in the field discussing the latest research, practice and recommendations for traumatic brain injury, including special topics on domestic violence, older adults and rehabilitation. 

View the videos at our Webinar and Video Archive, which also includes our 2017 webinar on pediatric TBI.

Featured speakers for this year’s webinar include HIPRC Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, and associate members Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, Jennifer Zumsteg, M.D., and Randall Chesnut, M.D., FACS. The webinar is a joint initiative with the Washington State Department of Health.

Fellows win grants to study unique populations

Incoming HIPRC postdoctoral research fellow and Department of Urology genitourinary reconstructive surgery fellow Niels Johnsen, M.D., has been awarded $25,000 by the Sexual Medicine Society of North America to study the experience of traumatic pelvic fracture patients in addressing sexual health concerns following their injuries. A major focus of the study will be to identify barriers to care among men who experience sexual dysfunction after pelvic injury. This population currently has low rates of seeking care for their sexual health, and the study looks to identify ways to improve patient care, access and outcomes.

T32 postdoctoral research fellow in psychiatry, Christopher DeCou, Ph.D., also received a grant of $23,860 from the Medic One Foundation General Research Fund to support a research project entitled, 'Suicide Assessment and Intervention Via Emergency Responders (SAIVER).' This project will collaborate with a technical advisory board and first responders to identify key elements of prehospital care for suicidality, and evaluate the acceptability, appropriateness and feasibility of a novel health services intervention.

Event Calendar

Aug. 3, (Friday) 9 a.m.: INSIGHT Research Symposium. Learn from our summer interns about their work and help celebrate the next generation of injury researchers at Harborview Medical Center Research and Training Building, 300 Ninth Ave., Seattle.

Sept. 5, (Wednesday) 1-2 p.m.: Faculty Meeting

Sept. 7 (Friday) 1-2 p.m.: Journal Club – Injury Care with Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH (Remote access available via ZOOM, contact Project Coordinator Devin Moore at for instructions.)

Save the Date: UW Medicine EMS & Trauma Conference 2018
Sept. 17-18, DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport. ​​​​​
This multidisciplinary conference highlights current issues in trauma care throughout the continuum: pre-hospital, emergency, critical care, acute care and rehabilitation. A number of HIPRC core and associate faculty will serve as speakers, including a geriatrics track of specialized instruction on Sept. 17.

WIPs will resume Sept. 12, details forthcoming.

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

View the full calendar. 

In the News
  • Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., is featured as part of an in-depth look at the history and ongoing impacts of Harborview Medical Center from KNKX
  • UW Medicine featured core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, in a segment on lawn mower injuries, encouraging families to follow good safety practices, which appeared in KOMO News
  • 2017 INSIGHT High School Program alumna Hanna Karpstein was featured in the Redmond Reporter and discussed her pride in the distracted driving capstone project she completed with her group while at HIPRC last summer.
Photo of Harborview Medical Center, circa 1931

New Faces

Research and researchers are the foundation of HIPRC, and we’re pleased to add several new associate faculty to the team, including:

Trainees from a range of disciplines are also joining HIPRC beginning this summer and fall:

  • Elissa Butler, M.D., has joined HIPRC as a T32 postdoctoral research fellow in surgery. Her research interests include global health and trauma and critical care, and her previous global health work has focused predominantly on Uganda.
  • In August, Avanti Adhia, ScD, will also start as T32 postdoctoral research fellow in epidemiology. Her research interests focus on social epidemiology and violence prevention, specifically around intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
  • Niels Johnsen, M.D., joins the center as a postdoctoral research fellow in urology. His specializations include trauma and male genitourinary reconstructive surgery, and he is interested in bringing scientific rigor to the study of management and outcomes of genitourinary trauma.
  • Bhunyawee "June" Alunpipatthanachai, M.D., is a visiting scholar from Thailand. An anesthesiologist with interest in chronic pain, regional anesthesia and ambulatory anesthesia, she will spend the next year at HIPRC working with Director Monica Vavilala, M.D.

Fond Farewells

Surgery T32 postdoctoral fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., MPH, completed his two-year research fellowship at HIPRC and traveled to the University of Pittsburgh in June to complete his surgery residency. During his time at HIPRC, his research has focused on public policy and firearm violence, race- and bias-motivated interpersonal violence, trauma systems, emergency general surgery and trauma care in low- and middle-income countries.
Epidemiology T32 postdoctoral fellow Stephen Mooney, Ph.D., will also complete his two-year fellowship at HIPRC this month. While at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, Mooney has studied questions around active transportation, especially related to infrastructure support for walking and bicycling. He will continue to collaborate with the center as he joins the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology as an acting assistant professor this summer.

Other Opportunities 

Training: Share Your Science
July 29, 1:30-5 p.m., Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave N.
Register by July 20

NSWA is partnering with The People’s Science to put on an interactive workshop and write-a-thon for effectively communicating science to the public. If you’re a scientist or researcher, sign up to learn how to better translate your research for a lay audience and get hands-on guidance from coaches to refine your writing.

Webinar: Why Preventable Deaths are on the Rise
Available Online
The National Safety Month webinar from the National Safety Council focuses on overall trends in preventable injuries and deaths with NSC Manager of Statistics Ken Kolosh. The webinar was held in June.

Volunteer: Seattle/King County Clinic
Sept. 20-23, Key Arena at Seattle Center 
Seattle/King County Clinic is seeking volunteers to support the annual event that offers free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations. Volunteer registrations are now open for a variety of roles, including positions that require no prior medical training.

Future Trauma Leaders accepting applications

Junior trauma and acute care surgeons (not more than five years out from fellowship completion) are eligible for the Future Trauma Leaders (FTL) program from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT), an in-depth training and mentoring opportunity.

Participants will be assigned to a special research/quality improvement project within the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) and present work product reports throughout the two-year period. Participants will also be assigned to COT committees within their area of interest and be encouraged to be actively involved in Committee projects. Applications are now open.

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