Beth E. Ebel, MD,MSc,MPH

Beth E. Ebel, MD,MSc,MPH

Pediatrics-Primary Care

On staff since May 2000

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development


  • Lindsay Seattle, WA 11.05.13

    We met Dr. Ebel when my daughter was injured at Harborview. She was a great listener, and her team provided outstanding care for our family during an incredibly stressful time.


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Harvard Medical School, Boston
University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle


Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore

Clinical Interests

Distracted driving and teen driving safely; injury prevention; language access and quality of care

Research Description

I am the director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, a multidisciplinary research institute encompassing the fields of pediatrics, surgery, biostatistics, epidemiology, psychiatry, trauma care and social work, nursing, and health economics. The goal of the Injury Center is to develop, apply, and evaluate current and new interventions and strategies to decrease the morbidity and mortality due to injuries. My research interests include injury prevention, community interventions and health behaviors, with emphasis on high-risk populations. I am the principal investigator in recent studies of the Seattle campaign to encourage booster seat use for young passengers and in a multisite community intervention to improve child passenger safety in Latino communities. I am also the principal investigator for several studies measuring the healthcare costs of unrestrained motor vehicle occupants, a grant to quantitatively measure and improve interpreted care for limited English proficiency children and families, and a Fogarty grant to improve trauma care in developing countries.

Research Focus Area

Quality Improvement, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Genetics and Developmental Biology


  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy statement--child fatality review.
    Pediatrics , 2010 Sept. : 592-6
  • Quistberg DA, Lozano P, Mack CD, Schwartz R, Ebel BE
    A comparison of self-report and direct observation of booster seat use in Latino families.
    Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention , 2010 Aug. : 225-9
  • Damsere-Derry J, Ebel BE, Mock CN, Afukaar F, Donkor P
    Pedestrians' injury patterns in Ghana.
    Accident; analysis and prevention , 2010 July : 1080-8
  • Prevention of drowning.
    Pediatrics , 2010 July : 178-85
  • Weiss J
    Prevention of drowning.
    Pediatrics , 2010 July : e253-62
  • Yankson IK, Browne EN, Tagbor H, Donkor P, Quansah R, Asare GE, Mock CN, Ebel BE
    Reporting on road traffic injury: content analysis of injuries and prevention opportunities in Ghanaian newspapers.
    Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention , 2010 June : 194-7
  • Ebel BE, Medina MH, Rahman AK, Appiah NJ, Rivara FP
    Child injury around the world: a global research agenda for child injury prevention.
    Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention , 2009 June : 212
  • Thompson DA, Flores G, Ebel BE, Christakis DA
    Comida en venta: after-school advertising on Spanish-language television in the United States.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2008 Apr, : 576-81
  • Ebel BE, Coronado GD, Thompson B, Martinez T, Fitzgerald K, Vaca F, Rivara FP
    Child passenger safety behaviors in Latino communities.
    Journal of health care for the poor and underserved , 2006 May : 358-73
  • Hollingworth W, Ebel BE, McCarty CA, Garrison MM, Christakis DA, Rivara FP
    Prevention of deaths from harmful drinking in the United States: the potential effects of tax increases and advertising bans on young drinkers.
    Journal of studies on alcohol , 2006 Mar. : 300-8
  • Lapidus JA, Smith NH, Ebel BE, Romero FC
    Restraint use among northwest American Indian children traveling in motor vehicles.
    American journal of public health , 2005 Nov. : 1982-8
  • Roudsari BS, Ebel BE, Corso PS, Molinari NA, Koepsell TD
    The acute medical care costs of fall-related injuries among the U.S. older adults.
    Injury , 2005 Nov. : 1316-22
  • Fishman PA, Ebel BE, Garrison MM, Christakis DA, Wiehe SE, Rivara FP
    Cigarette tax increase and media campaign cost of reducing smoking-related deaths.
    American journal of preventive medicine , 2005 July : 19-26
  • Gentilello LM, Ebel BE, Wickizer TM, Salkever DS, Rivara FP
    Alcohol interventions for trauma patients treated in emergency departments and hospitals: a cost benefit analysis.
    Annals of surgery , 2005 Apr, : 541-50
  • Wiehe SE, Garrison MM, Christakis DA, Ebel BE, Rivara FP
    A systematic review of school-based smoking prevention trials with long-term follow-up.
    The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine , 2005 Mar. : 162-9
  • Carroll AE, Zimmerman FJ, Rivara FP, Ebel BE, Christakis DA
    Perceptions about computers and the internet in a pediatric clinic population.
    Ambulatory pediatrics : the official journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association , 2005 Mar. : 122-6
  • Christakis DA, Ebel BE, Rivara FP, Zimmerman FJ
    Television, video, and computer game usage in children under 11 years of age.
    The Journal of pediatrics , 2004 Nov. : 652-6
  • McCarty CA, Ebel BE, Garrison MM, DiGiuseppe DL, Christakis DA, Rivara FP
    Continuity of binge and harmful drinking from late adolescence to early adulthood.
    Pediatrics , 2004 Sept. : 714-9
  • Rivara FP, Ebel BE, Garrison MM, Christakis DA, Wiehe SE, Levy DT
    Prevention of smoking-related deaths in the United States.
    American journal of preventive medicine , 2004 Aug. : 118-25
  • Christakis DA, Garrison MM, Ebel BE, Wiehe SE, Rivara FP
    Pediatric smoking prevention interventions delivered by care providers: a systematic review.
    American journal of preventive medicine , 2003 Nov. : 358-62
  • Garrison MM, Christakis DA, Ebel BE, Wiehe SE, Rivara FP
    Smoking cessation interventions for adolescents: a systematic review.
    American journal of preventive medicine , 2003 Nov. : 363-7
  • Ebel BE, Koepsell TD, Bennett EE, Rivara FP
    Too small for a seatbelt: predictors of booster seat use by child passengers.
    Pediatrics , 2003 Apr, : e323-7
  • Ebel BE, Koepsell TD, Bennett EE, Rivara FP
    Use of child booster seats in motor vehicles following a community campaign: a controlled trial.
    JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association , 2003 Feb. 19 : 879-84
  • Ebel BE, Grossman DC
    Crash proof kids? An overview of current motor vehicle child occupant safety strategies.
    Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care , 2003 Feb. : 38-55
  • Ebel BE, Feinglass SR, Koepsell TD
    Pacifier as a risk factor for acute otitis media.
    Pediatrics , 2002 Feb. : 351-2; author reply 353