Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH

Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH is an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Practice-based Scholar at CHOP's Center for Violence Prevention.

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Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH is an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Practice-based Scholar at CHOP's Center for Violence Prevention. Dr. Abaya is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Program Manager for the Injury Prevention Program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Her interests and research focus includes gun violence prevention, with particular emphasis on access to firearms among high-risk adolescents, as well as patient-centered approaches to prevention that draw on the experiences of the youths themselves.

As a Stoneleigh Fellow with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and CHOP, Dr. Abaya is working to create a registry of those who have experienced firearm injuries in Philadelphia to identify the most promising practices for violence prevention and intervention in the city. She is a member of the National Medical Council on Gun Violence, and has presented on gun safety counseling at the National Physicians Alliance’s National Conference.

BA (Biology), Bluffton University Bluffton, 2005

MPH, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University Department of Preventative Health, 2009

MD,  Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 2009

MA, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, 2009

Resident in Pediatrics Boston Combined Residency Program, 2012

Fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2015

Practice-based Scholar, Center for Violence Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Injury Prevention Program Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Stoneleigh Fellow

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Medical Association

Abaya, R. Firearm Violence and the Path to Prevention: What We Know, What We Need. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2019.

Abaya R, Atte,T, Herres J, Diamond G, Fein JA. Characteristics and Behavioral Risk Factors of Firearm-exposed Youth in an Urban Emergency Department. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2019.

Contact Information

abayar@email.chop.edu
215-590-1000
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104