Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH - Pediatrics

Dr. Frederick Rivara reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Rivara holds the Children's Guild Association Endowed Chair in Pediatrics and is a Professor of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He served as founding Director of the Harborview Injury and Research Center in Seattle for 13 years, and was founding President of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention. Dr. Rivara has received numerous honors, including the Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 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. His research interests include 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 and investigator at the University of Washington.

Education and Training

MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1974

Internship: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Residency Pediatrics: University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Fellowship in Pediatrics: University of Washington, Seattle, WA


American Board of Pediatrics

Academic Appointments

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA:

  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology

Financial Disclosure

The final approval of Healthwise content is always made by a clinician with no financial conflicts.

Dr. Rivara receives honoraria from the AMA and grant support from the CDC and NIH.