UW Medicine has created the Frederick P. Rivara Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center Endowment to honor and continue the work of a caring pediatrician, visionary researcher, and dedicated educator.
The endowment was publicly announced at an event honoring Rivara’s work on Jan. 22, attended by many current and former colleagues and trainees. For many, Rivara’s unwavering passion and dedication to healing children and families has left a significant impression.
“To know Fred is to be simultaneously inspired and amazed,” said Kenneth Jaffe, M.D., UW Professor Emeritus in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. “He has dedicated his life to a vision of a safer and healthier world.[…] He is the epitome of a servant leader.”
In both prepared remarks and conversation, many reflected on the impact Rivara has had in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and across the country as a pediatrician, researcher, teacher, mentor and advocate, including HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., surgeon-in-chief of Harborview Medical Center Ronald V. Maier, M.D., F.A.C.S., and HMC Medical Director J. Richard Goss, MD, MPH, FACP.
Rivara attributed the many successes of his long career to the joint work of colleagues at Harborview Medical Center, UW Medicine and beyond.
“The achievements that I’ve had have represented this incredible collaboration across departments, across schools, across organizations, and across the country,” he said.
Rivara co-founded HIPRC in 1985, and since then both he and the center have been prominent voices in injury prevention across the country and around the world. From HIPRC’s beginning, Rivara made education and training one of the cornerstones of the center’s mission. As its director for 13 years and now as head of its Pediatric Injury Research Training Program, Rivara continues to champion HIPRC. Over its 33-year history, the center has supported a diverse and talented cohort of more than 130 injury research scientists and clinicians from multiple disciplines at all stages of their careers.
The goal of the endowment is to raise $250,000 to create lasting funding for injury prevention activities at HIPRC, including:
- Support M.D. and Ph.D. trainees to develop their careers as injury control scientists;
- Provide pilot funds to junior investigators studying important injury control projects;
- Increase community outreach efforts to reduce the burdensome effects of adult and pediatric injuries;
- Develop new strategies with community partners to reduce injury-related health disparities;
- Enhance and increase distance-learning opportunities for public health practitioners in the field of injury control; and
- Support trainee attendance at national networking conferences.
Rivara has made a life-long commitment to a safer and healthier world, and we hope you will join us in continuing that work. To support the fund, visit the UW Medicine endowment website.