School of Public Health

Rowhani-Rahbar, Ali

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatrics


MD Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences (Iran), 2002
MPH Epidemiology, Yale University, 2005
PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2009

Contact Info

University of Washington
Office F-250D
Box 357236
Department of Epidemiology
Health Sciences Building
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-221-1602
Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center
Office 4061
Box 359960
Pat Steel Building, 401 Broadway (physical address)
325 Ninth Avenue (mailing address)
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206-744-9437

Research Interests

Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar’s substantive areas of interest include the study of causes, correlates, and consequences of traumatic brain injury, violence, and crime-illness nexus. His methodologic areas of interest include the application of self-controlled designs in observational and interventional studies of acute traumatic and adverse events.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar co-teaches EPI 512 "Epidemiologic Methods I" in the Autumn Quarter and EPI 513 "Epidemiologic Methods II" in the Winter Quarter.


Rowhani-Rahbar A, Simonetti J, Rivara FP. Effectiveness of interventions to promote safe firearm storage. Epidemiol Rev (in press)

Rowhani-Rahbar A, Chrisman SPD, Drescher S, Schiff MA, Rivara FP. Agreement between high school athletes and their parents on reporting athletic events and concussion symptoms. J Neurotrauma (in press)

Rowhani-Rahbar A, Zatzick D, Wang J, Mills BM, Simonetti JA, Fan MD, Rivara FP. Firearm-related hospitalization and risk of subsequent violent injury, death, or crime perpetration: A cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2015;162:492-500

Simonetti JA, Mackelprang, JL, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Zatzick, Rivara, FP. Psychiatric comorbidity, suicidality and in-home firearm access among a nationally representative sample of adolescents. JAMA Psychiatry 2015;72:152-9

Simonetti JA, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Mill BM, Zatzick D, Young B, Rivara FP. State firearm legislation and nonfatal firearm injuries. Am J Public Health 2015;105:1703-9

Krishnamoorthy V, Vavilala MS, Mills B, Rowhani-Rahbar A. Demographic and clinical risk factors associated with hospital mortality after isolated severe traumatic brain injury: A cohort study. J Intensive Care 2015;3:46

Mills B, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Simonetti JA, Vavilala MS. Facility characteristics and in-hospital pediatric mortality following severe traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma 2015;32:841-6

In The News

Will Seattle's gun tax survive court challenge?
Seattle Times (Stateline), 04/07/2016

Safe gun storage may keep kids alive, but laws vary by state
The Chronicle of Social Change, 03/10/2016

Freebies may be the key to safe gun storage program
The Trace, 03/02/2016