By Suzette Riley
Dr. Beth Ebel, UW associate professor of pediatrics, is the new director of the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC). Ebel succeeds Dr. Charlie Mock, who had served as HIPRC director since 2004. Mock left HIPRC for a new position leading international trauma and injury prevention at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ebel has been a core investigator at HIPRC since 2001, and became associate director in 2006. She has research interests in community-based injury interventions and injury disparities. Ebel studies injury prevention and health behaviors, and has led research on the Seattle campaign encouraging children’s car booster seats. She also led a project examining the effectiveness of booster seats in protecting children in car crashes.
In addition to her new role, Ebel provides pediatric care and teaching in the Harborview Medical Center Children and Teens Clinic, as well as caring for children admitted to Burn and Surgical services at Harborview. “Our commitment to provide outstanding care for each injured child and adult,” she observes, “is also a commitment to the science of understanding, treating and preventing injury.”