We reach across institutions and departments to bring together experts from Seattle Children’s, the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, the Harborview Injury Prevention Research Center, the Seattle Sports Concussion Program and other top institutions. Our team includes:
Frederick Rivara, MD, MPH
Dr. Frederick Rivara leads the Collaborative. He is the Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research and is vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics. He is an internationally-recognized expert in pediatric injury research and his landmark studies – including one that showed helmets could prevent 85% of head injuries stemming from bike crashes – played a key role in dramatically increasing helmet and seatbelt use. He co-edited the 2014 Institute of Medicine report on sports-related concussion in youth and is editor-in-chief of JAMA Pediatrics.
Samuel Browd, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, FAAP
Dr. Samuel R. Browd is a board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon appointed as associate professor of neurological surgery at the University of Washington and attending neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is the medical director of Seattle Children’s Sports Concussion Program and currently serves as an unaffiliated neurologic consultant to the National Football League and an independent neurologic consultant to the Seattle Seahawks.
Browd was appointed as a University of Washington Presidential Entrepreneurial Fellow in 2013 and has founded three angel/venture–funded medical technology startups out of the University of Washington. Browd’s work in concussion has focused on materials science and engineering solutions. Browd’s innovations and collaborative efforts with the University of Washington Department of Mechanical Engineering have led to a new force-reducing football helmet which will be marketed under the name Vicis.
He also serves as co-investigator on several clinical outcomes studies on pediatric concussion.
Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH
Dr. Sara Chrisman is a pediatrician, an adolescent medicine specialist and an epidemiologist, and her research is centered around concussion. She has published multiple articles on concussion that explore concussion reporting behavior, the association between depression and concussion, and the effects of concussion legislation. Her current research is focused on understanding the mechanisms that result in concussive injury using the xPatch sensor and examining evidence for concussion treatment approaches. She is also the site principal investigator for a study jointly sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Department of Defense exploring concussion in varsity athletics.
David Coppel, PhD
Dr. David Coppel is director of Neuropsychological Services and Research at the University of Washington Sports Concussion Program, and a UW professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery; Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Psychology. He works as a clinical psychologist, clinical neuropsychologist and sport psychologist. He provides consultation regarding sports concussion to high school, college and professional sports teams, including the Seattle Seahawks. He is also highly involved in evaluating sports concussion’s cognitive and emotional aspects, and in research on sports concussion recovery factors and the role of neurocognitive factors such as attention, concentration and focus in sports performance.
Coppel has spent the past 30 years specializing in clinical sport psychology and performance psychology, and has helped athletes, performers and coaches at the amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional levels of competition. He has published papers on sport neuropsychology and sport psychology, covering topics including effects of coaching behaviors on athletes, performance enhancement techniques, relationship issues in athletes, psychological factors of exercise, the role of sports psychology in dealing with sport injury and recovery and the use of neuropsychological tests in sport concussion.
Beth Ebel, MD, MSc,MPH
Dr. Beth Ebel is a professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of epidemiology and health services at the University of Washington, and section head of safe and active transportation at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Her research interests include injury prevention, community interventions and health behaviors with emphasis on high-risk populations. She has been principal investigator in recent studies of concussion and driving risk; distracted driving interventions; and interventions to reduce health care disparities through better access to language services. Ebel received a master’s of science in development economics from Oxford University in 1989, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and the MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program in 1996 and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington in 2001.
Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, FACS
Dr. Richard G. Ellenbogen is co–executive director of Seattle Children’s Sports Concussion Program. He holds the Theodore S. Roberts Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurological Surgery, is professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is an adjunct professor in the UW Departments of Radiology and Global Health. He is the co-chairman of the National Football League’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee. He was the organizer of the 2014 International Sports Concussion Research Consortium in New York City, and he was a co-author of the Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport at the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport in Zurich in November 2012 and then the 5th International Conference in Berlin in 2016. In his volunteer role with the NFL, he and his committee were responsible for recommending and new medical rule changes, concussion sideline protocols and research donations to TBI research at NIH, GE and around the world to make sports safer and healthier. He and his advocacy committee helped get 50 States to pass Youth Concussion Laws and write and provide educational material to health care professionals from the CDC.
Seth Friedman, PhD
Dr. Seth Friedman is a medical physicist at Seattle Children's Hospital. He runs the Radiology Clinical Research Imaging Core, a campus-wide resource under the Center for Clinical and Translational Research.
Friedman was previously at the University of Washington in a research associate professor capacity within the Department of Radiology. His 1997 PhD was one of the first studies to demonstrate that magnetic resonance spectroscopy could be used to evaluate unseen tissue injury in head trauma and that the degree of change was associated to neuropsychological deficits and ultimate outcome.
Friedman’s recent work seeks to coordinate novel uses of imaging focused on a wide-range of neurological and systemic disease conditions (e.g., growth hormone releasing hormone treatment with aging, mitochondrial disease, thalassemia, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), pyridoxine dependent epilepsy).
Friedman’s current National Institutes of Health–funded work examines inhibitory neurotransmitter changes in pediatric concussion and a multi-site study of FSHD integrating MRI and blood/tissue-based measures.
Stanley Herring, MD
Dr. Stanley Herring, MD is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who has been in practice for over 30 years. Currently, Herring serves as director of the UW Medicine Sports Health and Safety Institute and as co–medical director of the UW Medicine Sports Concussion Program, a partnership of UW Medicine, Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is a clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine; Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington and serves as medical director of Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health for UW Medicine. He holds the Zackery Lystedt Sports Concussion Endowed Professorship. He is transitioning from his long-time position as one of the team physicians for the Seattle Seahawks and serves as a team physician for the Seattle Mariners. Herring’s practice focuses on the diagnosis and management of neurological and musculoskeletal injuries, particularly focusing on spinal disorders in active people and athletes and sports-related concussions.
Herring has held many national leadership positions, including president of the North American Spine Society, member of the board of trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine and board member of the Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also a founding member of the Physiatric Association of Sports, Spine and Occupational Rehabilitation and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is chair of the Medical Advisory Committee for USA Football, a member of USA Football’s Board of Directors and a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for Pop Warner Football. Herring is on the editorial boards of professional journals and has been an editor of nine textbooks, as well as a contributor to 68 professional journal articles and 51 textbook chapters. In addition, he is a frequent national and international speaker on a variety of physiatric and sports medicine topics.
Robert Hilt, MD
Dr. Robert Hilt is an associate professor of psychiatry in the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and at Seattle Children’s. He is a child psychiatrist and a former primary care pediatrician.
Hilt is the program director for the Partnership Access Line, a child mental health consultation service for primary care providers in Wyoming and Washington. He is also program director for the Medicaid Medication Second Opinion Programs of Wyoming and Washington, and MDT Consult Service in Wyoming. He is co-chair of the Committee on Collaboration with Medical Professions with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and serves on the editorial boards for the journals Pediatric Annals and Psychiatric Annals.
Thomas Jinguji, MD
Dr. Thomas Jinguji is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His fellowship in primary care sports medicine was also completed through the University of Washington School of Medicine. His past research in concussion includes obtaining baseline values for concussion testing (SCAT-2) and the effect of state concussion laws on concussion reporting. His current concussion work includes a review of diffusion tensor imaging in concussion and collaboration in a study involving cognitive behavioral therapy in youth athletes with prolonged concussion. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Jinguji lives with his wife, two children and dog, Molly, in south King County. He enjoys trying to finish marathons and doing whatever his family tells him to do.
Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH
Emily Kroshus is a research assistant professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Pediatrics and Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development. She obtained her doctoral degree in 2014 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, with a concentration in health communication. Prior to coming to the University of Washington she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Sport Science Institute, where she worked on research and program development related to concussion and mental health in college sport. Her research interests include social and contextual determinants of health-related behaviors, including risk-taking and help-seeking, as well as intervention design and evaluation.
Christine Mac Donald, PhD
Dr. Christine Mac Donald is an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Her research is focused on advanced MR methods for the evaluation of traumatic brain injury both in the civilian and military populations. Diffuse axonal injury is thought to be a major contributor to cognitive dysfunction in patients following traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, it is difficult to diagnose ante-mortem, and new diagnostic methods are needed. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has shown promise but it has yet to be fully validated for its potential role as a diagnostic tool in the evaluation of brain injury. Resting-state functional MRI (fMRI) correlation analysis has also been proposed as a useful tool in the evaluation of brain functional connectivity. The basis of this method is that anatomically connected regions in the brain show correlated fluctuations in the blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal. This work has given further insight into the structural and functional changes occurring following injury. In the future, these techniques may be able to better assist with the stratification of patients for therapeutic intervention, diagnosis of brain injury/concussion and prediction of injury impact on long-term outcome.
Cari McCarty, PhD
Dr. Cari McCarty is a research professor in the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, in both the Division of General Pediatrics and the Division of Adolescent Medicine. She is also an adjunct research professor in the UW’s Department of Psychology and a member of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being. McCarty serves as the associate director for the University of Washington Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health Program.
McCarty’s research is devoted to understanding and promoting behavioral health among adolescents. She is a clinical psychologist by training. Her mission is to improve the emotional and behavioral health of children and adolescents through enhanced scientific understanding, promoting social-emotional competencies and disseminating evidence-based treatments. She is especially interested in developing treatments for youth with persistent symptoms after concussion.
Jeffrey G. Ojemann, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Ojemann is a pediatric neurosurgeon and professor of neurological surgery at the University of Washington. He serves as division chief of neurosurgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital and holds the Richard G. Ellenbogen Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery.
He received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he also trained in neurosurgery under Dr. Ralph Dacey and completed a pediatric fellowship under Dr. T.S. Park.
His practice includes general pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric epilepsy surgery and adult epilepsy surgery. His research focuses on cortical signals recorded in epilepsy patients, with a focus on using these signals for neuroprosthetic control, and on magnetic resonance research applications in pediatric neurosurgery. He provides mentorship for clinical and research training including residents, fellows, graduate students and K-awardees.
Celeste Quitiquit, MD
Dr. Celeste Quitiquit is a board-certified pediatrician and sports medicine doctor. She clinically works in Seattle Children’s South Clinic seeing children and adolescents with any activity- or sports-related health issues and non-operative musculoskeletal conditions, and is an active clinical member of the Seattle Children's Sports Concussion Program. She has collaborated on previous concussion research around concussion reporting behavior and the association of mental health and concussion. She has experience covering collegiate and high school teams and currently volunteers her time covering local high schools assisting with sideline coverage.
Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD
Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbaris an assistant professor of epidemiology and adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. He is the director of the Research Methods Core at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, and an affiliate investigator at the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. He contributes methodologically to a range of studies on childhood injuries including concussions. Rowhani-Rahbar serves on the editorial board of the journal Injury Prevention.
Monica Vavilala, MD
Dr. Monica Vavilala is director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center; a University of Washington professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and pediatrics; and a UW adjunct professor of neurological surgery and radiology. Her research interests include acute care and pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury (TBI), TBI outcomes and the development and implementation of TBI guidelines.
Douglas Zatzick, MD
Dr. Douglas Zatzick is a professor in the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a member of the core research faculty at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. His intervention studies target post-traumatic symptom reduction (i.e., post-traumatic stress disorder and depression) and the modification of high-risk behaviors that risk recurrent injury, such as alcohol and drug abuse/dependence.
Lauren Balsamo, BS
Lauren Balsamo is a clinical research assistant in the Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative. She is currently involved in a clinical study researching alternative concussion treatment approaches. Prior to coming to Seattle Children’s in early 2016, Lauren assisted with cognitive rehabilitation research for neurodegenerative and autoimmune diseases through Washington State University’s Traumatic Brain Injury Research Laboratory and St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington. Her research interests include pediatric neuropsychology, neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in civilian and military populations. She graduated cum laude from Washington State University with a BS in psychology and minors in aerospace studies and criminal justice.
Shannon Higgins, BS
Shannon Higgins is a clinical research assistant in the Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative. She is currently involved in two research studies looking at how youth athletes recover following concussions. Prior to coming to Seattle Children’s she was the certified athletic trainer at a local area high school for 12 years. Her research interests include long-term concussion impact and management, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the overall safety of youth athletes in contact sports. Her goals are to make the sports she loves safer for young athletes to participate in. She received her BS from Oregon State University in exercise and sports science with a concentration in athletic training.
Albert Hsu, BS
Albert Hsu is a clinical research associate in the Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative. He is currently involved in a clinical study researching concussion treatment approaches, in addition to his involvement in studies outside the collaborative which focus on physical activity and preschoolers. Prior to coming to Seattle Children’s in 2008, he assisted in outreach research for at-risk youth at the University of Washington School of Nursing. His research interests include accelerometry/movement–based analytics; concussion treatment and prevention; and physical activity promotion. He graduated from Washington State University with a BS in psychology and a minor in sociology.
Suzanne Peck, BA
Suzanne Peck is a clinical research assistant in the Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative. She is currently working on two research studies looking at how children and young adults recover after concussions. Prior to joining the concussion team she was involved in research studies about sleep health in preschoolers and parenting education for first-time young moms. She received her BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara in English literature.
Christina Schwien, MN, MPH
Christina Schwien is the research manager for the Seattle Pediatric Concussion Research Collaborative. She provides leadership and support to multiple research projects and facilitates program development and evaluation. Her previous work included healthcare quality improvement consulting, project management, healthcare research for the U.S. Government Accountability Office and bedside nursing at Harborview Medical Center. In 2012, she was one of 75 individuals selected to participate in the yearlong CMS Innovation Advisor Program. As the mother of two adolescent athletes, she is passionate about improving concussion prevention and care.
She received her MPH and MN from the University of Washington, her BSN from Johns Hopkins University and her BA in sociology from Whitman College.