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Yale School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
Yale - New Haven Hospital
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United States of America

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Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2011


Federico Vaca, MD, MPH

Federico Vaca, MD, MPH


M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles
M.D., Creighton University-School of Medicine
B.S., Santa Clara University


Research Statement

Dr. Vaca is a Professor and Senior Researcher in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He holds a secondary appointment in the Yale Child Study Center and is an Affiliated Faculty in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. As a practicing emergency medicine physician and clinical researcher, Dr. Vaca's scholarly work is focused on improving the understanding of racial and ethnic disparities in traffic-related morbidity and mortality through quantitative and qualitative research methods. With support from National Institutes of Health – Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Dr. Vaca is currently studying adolescent developmental factors and behaviors in Latino youth that influence the risk of motor vehicle crash–related injury. Focused on identify social and behavioral determinant of risk, resilience, and overall harm reduction, Dr. Vaca’s research findings will be used to inform and develop effective community and clinical contact intervention strategies. Dr. Vaca regularly collaborates with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Connecticut Department of Transportation, community-based organizations, and traffic safety advocates. He has served on national expert panels directed by the National Academies of Science and the Transportation Research Board, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Safe States Alliance (State Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association), U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Recent Publications

Tsai V, Anderson C, Vaca F. Young Female Drivers in Fatal Crashes, Recent Trends, 1995-2004, Traffic Injury Prevention, 2008 Mar;9:1, 65-69. • Kraus J, Hsu P, Schaffer K, Vaca F, Ayers K, Kennedy F, Afifi AA. Pre-injury Factors and Three-month Outcomes Following Emergency Department Diagnosis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2009 Sep-Oct;24(5):344-54.

Cunningham RM, Bernstein SL, Walton M, Broderick K, Vaca F, Woolard R, Bernstein E, Blow F, D'Onofrio G. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: Future Directions for Screening and Intervention in the Emergency Department, Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Nov;16(11):1078-88.

Mary Pat McKay, Vaca F, Craig Field, Karin Rhodes. Public Health in the Emergency Department: Overcoming Barriers to Implementation and Dissemination, Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Nov;16(11):1132-7.

Broderick KB, Ranney ML, Vaca F, D'Onofrio G, Rothman RE, Rhodes KV, Becker B, Haukoos JS. Study Designs and Evaluation Models for Emergency Department Public Health Research, Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Nov;16(11):1124-31

Vaca F, Sayegh R, Mello MJ, Hargarten SW. Historical Parallel Evolution of Injury Prevention and Control Science and Emergency Medicine, Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Nov;16(11):1049-53

Vaca F, Anderson C, US Motor Vehicle Fatality Trends in Young Latino Males, Ann Adv Automot Med, 2009 Oct; (53):77-82 • Tsai V, Anderson CL, Vaca F. Alcohol Involvement Among Young Female Drivers in US Fatal Crashes: Unfavorable Trends. Inj Prev. 2010 Feb;16(1):17-20.

Vaca FE, Winn D, Anderson CL, Kim D, Arcila M. Feasibility of Emergency Department Bilingual Computerized Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. Subst Abuse. 2010 Oct;31(4):264-9.

Vaca FE, Anderson CL, Hayes-Bautista D. The Latino Adolescent Male Mortality Peak Revisited: Attribution of Homicide and Motor Vehicle Crash Fatality. Inj Prev. Dec 5. 2010 (Epub ahead of print)

Isenberg D, Cone D, Vaca FE, Motor Vehicle Intrusion Alone Does Not Predict Trauma Center Admission or Use of Trauma Center Resources. Prehosp Emerg Care April/June Early Release Online (2) 2011. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2011 Jan 12.

Vaca FE, Winn D, Anderson CL, Kim D, Arcila M. 6 Month Follow-up of Computerized Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in the Emergency Department. Subst Abuse. 2011; 32(3):144-52.

Vaca FE, Anderson CL, Crash Injury Risk Behavior in Adolescent Latino Males: The Power of Friends and Relational Connections, Ann Adv Automot Med, (In Press 2011).

Fu J, Vaca FE. Characteristics of Law Enforcement Officers’ (LEO) Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes: A Lack of Safety Culture in LEOs is a Loss for Us All. Ann Emerg Med. 2011 Dec 3 (In Press 2011)