Frederick P. Rivara Elected to Institute of Medicine

Dr. Frederick P. Rivara has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. The IOM’s mission is to serve as an advisor to the nation to improve health.


Dr. Frederick P. Rivara has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. The IOM’ s mission is to serve as an advisor to the nation to improve health.

Dr. Frederick P. Rivara (photo)

Dr. Frederick P. Rivara

The Institute provides unbiased, evidence-based, authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the general public.

Members are elected on the basis of their professional achievement and their demonstrated interest, concern and involvement with problems and critical issues that affect the health of the public.

Rivara is one of 64 new members elected to the IOM, raising the organization’s total active membership to 1,461. He is the only new member from Washington state.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Institute of Medicine, which was established to honor professional achievement in the health sciences and to serve as a national resource for independent analysis and recommendations on issues related to medicine, biomedical sciences, and health.

“As the Institute of Medicine celebrates this milestone, it is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished individuals as members,” says IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg.

“Election recognizes those who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. It is considered one of the highest honors in these fields.”

Rivara’s career has been devoted to the study of methods to control injuries, specifically in such areas as bicycle and pedestrian injuries, motor vehicle injuries, alcohol-related trauma and intentional injuries.

His current interests include examining the cost-effectiveness of trauma care, the impact of domestic violence on women and children and the effectiveness of interventions in childhood and adolescence on later health outcomes. His goal is to focus public policy attention on implementing programs that can have a long-term impact on the health of children and adults.

IOM membership represents a broad variety of specialties in biomedical sciences and health professions, as well as representatives of the behavioral and social sciences, administration, law, the physical sciences, and engineering.

The IOM is concerned with the protection and advancement of the health professions and sciences, the promotion of research and development pertinent to health, and the improvement of health care.

Fred Rivara, MD, MPH, is the George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW), head of the UW Division of General Pediatrics, a faculty member at UW Child Health Institute, an attending physician at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center and a faculty member at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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