Announcing Columbia SURGE

The Columbia SURGE (Scientific Union for the Reduction of Gun Violence) capitalizes on the university’s convening power to generate new science, new scientists, and transformative solutions to the tragedy of gun violence.

Newest Krauss Award Winner Named

Svetla Slavova, PhD, receives the Jess Kraus Award from Dr. Guohua Li, Editor in Chief of Injury Epidemiology.

During the 7th annual Symposium of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University, Svetla Slavova, PhD, of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center received the Jess Kraus award. It is an honor the editorial board of Injury Epidemiology provides annually to acknowledge the paper which best demonstrates novelty, simplicity, and clarity while establishing the potential to impact population health.

Slavova’s paper, “Interrupted Time Series Design to Evaluate the Effect of the ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM Coding Transition on Injury Hospitalization Trends,” raised awareness about how structural and conceptual changes in the ICD-10-CM coding system must be understood to assure accurate interpretation of injury trends.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award – particularly for this paper,” Slavova said. “Improving surveillance quality is necessary for our communities to have strong data to inform their prevention activities. This recognition of the work my colleagues and I do to translate data to action confirms the importance of the work and is personally rewarding,” she continued.

Slavova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky. She is currently principal investigator on grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration. Her research interests surround improved injury surveillance data and methodology, drug overdose prevention research, analytical enhancement of prescription drug monitoring programs, and health outcomes associated with substance use and misuse.

Svetla Slavova, PhD

Svetla Slavova, PhD

Dr. Slavova has authored and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications highlighting the analytical approaches to understanding and combating the opioid epidemic. In 2018, she was named Lexington Public Health Hero for her work to provide free community supplies of naloxone. She received the 2018 Distinguished Leader Award from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists for her leadership for improved drug overdose mortality surveillance. For her outstanding research achievements, Dr. Slavova was named 2019-2020 University Research Professor by the University of Kentucky.

The Jess Kraus award commemorates Professor Jess F. Kraus, PhD, MPH, a pioneer in injury research.  Kraus was appointed and elected to a number of professional societies and organizations. He also served as a member of the Motor Vehicle Safety Research Advisory Committee of the US Department of Transportation as well as the World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Accident Prevention.  In addition, he has conducted studies on motorcycle crashes, pedestrian injuries, work-related trauma and brain and spinal cord injuries.  Kraus has nearly 200 publications.  Also, he teaches three graduate courses on injury epidemiology and supervises both PhD and Masters students at UCLA.

7th Annual Conference, May 23, 2019


Innovations in Translating Injury Research into Effective Prevention

Thursday, May 23, 2019
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Columbia University
722 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

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Join us at Columbia University on Thursday, May 23, 2019 to meet injury prevention colleagues, network and learn about cutting edge and best practices in injury prevention.

Continental breakfast starts at 9:00 and the program begins at 10:00. During a complimentary lunch you can participate in collaborative round-table discussions on a variety of injury topics. The presentation of the 2019 Jess Kraus award will take place.  In addition, the editor of Springer Publishers Collaborative Open Access Journal, Injury Epidemiology, will be available for questions and discussion.

Sponsored by:
Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University Medical Center
University Seminars in Injury Prevention

For additional information Contact:
Guohua Li, MD, DrPHM.
Finster Professor of Epidemiology and Anesthesiology
Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention
Columbia University

Schedule of Injury Epidemiology Unit Seminars, 2018-2019


All of the seminars listed below will be held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm in the Hammer Health Sciences Building (701 West 168th Street, Rm LL108A). Lunch will be served. Webinar link also listed with each talk.

Please note that the room for Spring-semester seminars has changed, and is now Room LL108A.

Download a PDF of this schedule.


SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Opioid Utilization and Its Association with Workers Compensation Cost and Return to Work

Xuguang (Grant) Tao, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and Research Director, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

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OCTOBER 15, 2018

Traffic Safety

Catherine Stayton, DrPH, MPH, Director, Injury and Violence Prevention Program, Bureau of Environmental Disease and Injury Prevention, Division of Environmental Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Deena Patel, PhD, City Research Scientist, NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics

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NOVEMBER 19, 2018

Applied Public Health – Tackling Diseases of Despair

Kitty H. Gelberg, Ph.D., MPH
Director, Bureau of Occupational Health & Injury Prevention, New York State Department of Health

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DECEMBER 10, 2018

Measuring the opioid epidemic: Surveillance to inform and evaluate a public health approach

Denise Paone, PhD, Senior Director of Research and Surveillance
Michelle Nolan, MPH Epidemiologist, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care, and Treatment, NYCDOHMH

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JANUARY 29, 2019

Time out: NFL conflicts of interest with public health efforts to prevent TBI | Injury Prevention

Kathleen Bachynski, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU Langone Health

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FEBRUARY 19, 2019

Assessing the Calibration of the Logistic Regression Model with a Binary Outcome Variable: Problems and Potential Solutions with Big Data

Stanley Lemeshow, PhD, MSPH
Professor, Division of Biostatistics, College of Public Health, The Ohio State

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MARCH 12, 2019

Application of Complex Systems Approaches to Injury

Melissa Tracy, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics School of Public Health, University of Albany, State University of New York

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APRIL 16, 2019

Sports-related concussions

James M. Noble, MD, MS, CPH, FAAN
Associate Professor of Neurology at CUMC

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