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April 7, 2005

Charles Mock named to lead Injury Prevention Research Center

Dr. Charles Mock has been named director of the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center. Mock, a UW associate professor with a joint appointment in the departments of Surgery and Epidemiology, first joined the HIPRC in 1992 as a trauma fellow.

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles Mock as director of the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center,” wrote Drs. Carlos Pellegrini, Bruder Stapleton, Scott Barnhart and Ronald Maier in a joint statement. “Dr. Mock brings great energy and expertise to the Center. Under Dr. Mock, we look forward to the Center continuing its long tradition of superb research and public education. We would also like to take a moment to thank Dr. Fred Rivara for his stewardship of the Center during this time of transition.”

Pellegrini serves as chair of the Department of Surgery, Stapleton as chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Barnhart as medical director of Harborview Medical Center, and Maier as surgeon-in-chief at Harborview.

“I have three main goals in taking this new role,” Mock says. “The first is to support the great work being done by the researchers and staff at the HIPRC. The second is for us to be more involved with the community and local governments to employ proven injury-control strategies more fully to make the environment safer for all of us.

“My third goal is to increase the HIPRC’s international reach. Our considerable experience and expertise can significantly lessen the burden of death and suffering in the developing world, where 90 percent of all injury deaths and 98 percent of childhood injury deaths occur.”

Mock earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University in 1977 and his medical degree from the Brown University School of Medicine in 1980. He received a master’s in public health from the UW in 1994 and a Ph.D. from the UW in 1997.

Mock’s primary research interests include the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN); the essential trauma care project, an international effort to promote improvements in trauma outcomes; capacity building for injury control; and strengthening injury control and trauma systems in developing countries, including Ghana, Mexico, Vietnam and India.

Mock co-edited Guidelines for Essential Trauma Care, published by the World Health Organization in 2004.