"Important problems in our society require more than a multipronged approach; they demand interdisciplinary work. Without such integration, approaches to finding and implementing solutions can be fragmented and inefficient. Injury epidemiologists recognize the wide range of variability in humans and can provide accurate estimates of the magnitude of a hazard. They answer who, what, where, and when children are typically injured in this way. "
Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician, biomechanical engineer, and clinical researcher. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. An internationally recognized leader in pediatric trauma research, Dr. Winston is the Founder and Co-scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (formerly TraumaLink) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Winston completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research & Policy with Sue Baker, MPH, ScD (Hon.) in 1993.
Dr. Winston’s primary research focus is traffic injury. She is the Principal Investigator for research funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and State Farm Insurance Companies®. The work with State Farm involves a multi-year study of children in motor vehicle crashes entitled Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), which has evolved into the largest child-specific crash surveillance system in the world.
Dr. Winston’s work has been published in medical and engineering journals and conference proceedings, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, The Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Society of Automotive Engineers. Some of her most notable work includes the identification of the first cases of child fatalities from airbags and the delineation of the mechanisms of injury, the importance and prevalence of sub-optimal restraint of children in motor vehicles and post-traumatic stress disorder in children and parents after traffic injuries. For her work, Dr. Winston has received awards from many organizations including the American Philosophical Society, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of of Pediatrics, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Governors’ Highway Safety Association.
Dr. Winston has served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Injury Prevention and Control; served as a member of the 2003 Child Passenger Safety Summit, spearheaded by Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety; served as organizer of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Automotive Safety professional development program, “Focus on the Child”; and served as member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Blue Ribbon Panel on the Older Child. Currently, Dr. Winston serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Injury Prevention and Control; International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, Secretary and Executive Board member; and the Editorial Board of Injury Prevention.