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Flaura K. Winston, MD, PhD
Flaura K. Winston
Founder/Scientific Director, Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Dr. Winston is a pediatrician, engineer, and public health researcher conducting research at the interface of child and adolescent health, injury, engineering, and behavioral science. Her work focuses on traffic injury, and her research to action to impact approach has led to evidence-based digital health to improve health outcomes.



Dr. Flaura Koplin Winston is the distinguished chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a tenured professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

At CHOP, she is the founder and scientific director of the National Science Foundation Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, and she leads the CHOP Innovation Ecosystem Initiative. Her interdisciplinary background in medicine, engineering, and public health has allowed her to conduct research at the interface of child and adolescent health, injury, technology, and behavior, which led her to establish the scientific foundation dedicated to the principal cause of child death—injury—while also building and leading effective multi-stakeholder healthcare and prevention teams. 

Her “research-to-action-to-impact” approach to academic entrepreneurship has led to new patents, products, programs, policies, and laws, as well as a CHOP spin-out technology company called Diagnostic Driving, Inc. 

For her scientifically rigorous and impactful work, in 2017 she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

Education and Training

BSE, University of Pennsylvania (Bioengineering), 1983

MSE, University of Pennsylvania (Bioengineering), 1984

PhD, University of Pennsylvania (Bioengineering), 1989

MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1990

Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania (Bioengineering), 1991

Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University (Injury Prevention), 1995

Titles and Academic Titles

Founder/Scientific Director, Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Director, Center for Child Injury and Prevention Studies (CChIPS)

Science and Medical Advisor, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at CHOP Research Institute

Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics

Attending Physician

Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, 2011

Scholar, Fulbright Specialist Roster, 2012

Scholar, TRD Med Research Scholar Program, 2013-2015

Member, American Pediatric Society, 2014

Member, National Academy of Medicine, 2017


Professional Awards

Achievement Award, Section on Injury and Poison Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1996

World Traffic Safety Award, GNYADA, 2001

Peter O'Rourke Special Achievement Award, National Association of Governors Highway Safety Representatives, 2002

Daland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Patient-Oriented Clinical Research, American Philosophical Society, 2003

U.S. Government Award for Special Appreciation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, 2003

AcademyHealth Health Services Research Impact Award, 2007

Fellow Achievement Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007

John M Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, Individual Achievement, National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission, 2007

National/International Health Impact Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008

Excellence in Science Award, American Public Health Association, 2009

International Safety media Award for, 10th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, 2010

Publication Highlights

Fiks AG, Fleisher L, Berrigan L, et al. Usability, Acceptability, and Impact of a Pediatric Teledermatology Mobile Health Application. elemed J E Health. 2018 Mar; PMID: 28731848
M Delgado K, McDonald CC, Winston FK, et al. Attitudes on Technological, Social, and Behavioral Economic Strategies to Reduce Cellphone Use While Driving in Teens. Traffic Inj Prev. 2018 Jan; 1-23. PMID: 2965252
Walshe EA, Romer D, Winston FK, Betancourt LM, Arena K. Cell Phone Use While Driving: A Pattern of Risk in Young Novice Drivers. Academic Journal of Pediatrics & Neonatology. 2018 Jan; 6(5)
Walshe EA, Ward C, Romer D, Winston FK. Executive Function Capacities, Negative Driving Behaviour and Crashes in Young Drivers. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Oct; 14(11):1314. PMID: 29143762
Fleisher L, Erkoboni D, Halkyard K, et al. Are mHealth Interventions to Improve Child Restraint System Installation of Value? A Mixed Methods Study of Parents. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Sep; 14(10). PMID: 28954429

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