Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE

Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE CIRP@CHOP
CIRP Associate Fellow

Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Chief Scientific Officer at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Durbin is an internationally recognized injury epidemiologist whose research has focused on the prevention of motor vehicle occupant injuries to children and the prevention of teen driver crashes.

Dr. Durbin has over two decades of experience with traffic safety research and developing the evidence base for child and adolescent traffic safety interventions, as well as extensive experience translating research findings into policy and practice. He has served on the Committee for Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention at the American Academy of Pediatrics during which time he was the lead author on the Academy’s revised policy statement on child passenger safety.

Dr. Durbin's research has been recognized by a number of organizations with several awards, including the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2017, Dr. Durbin served as the Assistant Vice President and Chief Clinical Research Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, a member of the Division of Emergency Medicine at CHOP, and an Associate Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn. He was also a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine and was on the Penn faculty for more than 20 years as a clinician and scientist.

Research Interests

Epidemiology, Emergency Medicine, Injury Prevention


Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), Teen Driver Safety Research, Partners for Child Passenger Safety (PCPS), National Child Occupant Special Study (NCOSS), NHTSA Indefinite Quantities Contract