The new Massachusetts distracted driving prevention law goes into effect Feb. 23. Here, Michael Flaherty, DO, answers questions on the new law – why it is important and how parents can talk about it with their teenagers.
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Shriners' Hospitals for Children Boston
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Boston, MA 02114
- DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Residency, Baystate Medical Center
- Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
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My active research interests are in the field of pediatric trauma and injury prevention. I am particularly interested in the effects of health policies and legislation on preventing pediatric injury. I work with the MGH Trauma and Injury Prevention Program to investigate ways to decrease preventable injuries including sports-related concussion, off-road vehicle injuries, and teenage motor vehicle crashes. Our work has culminated in the first statewide analyses of the Massachusetts Off-Road Vehicle legislation, the strictest law in the United States for protecting young children from injury and death while operating off-road vehicles. We have also investigated the effects of sports-related concussion legislation on the practice and perceptions of pediatricians. I continue to seek out new and innovative ways to study the effect of legislation on injury prevention, as well as community outreach to promote awareness and prevention of common causes of childhood trauma.
Flaherty, MR. Sheridan, R. Fire Pit-Related Burn Injuries and Children and Adolescents. J Burn Care Res. July 2019.
Naureckas Li, C, Sacks CA, McGeregor, KA, Masiakos, PT, Flaherty, MR. Acad Pediatr. Aug 2019.
Flaherty, MR., Raybould, T., Kelleher, CM., Seethala, R., Lee, J., Kaafarani, HMA., Masiakos, PT. Age Legislation and Off-Road Vehicle Injuries in Children. Pediatrics. Sep 2017.
Flaherty, MR., Raybould,T, Jamal-Allial,A., Kaafarani,H.,Lee,J.,Gervasini,A.,Ginsburg, R.,Mandell,M., Donelan,K.,Masiakos,P. Impact of a State Concussion Law on Physician Practice in the Care of Sports-Related Concussions. J.Peds. Sep 2016.
Flaherty, MR. “Fat Letters in Public Schools: Public Health Versus Pride”. Pediatrics Sep 2013; 132(3):403.
Flaherty, MR., Raybould, T.,Lee,J., Kaafarani, H., Masiakos, P. The effect of Massachusetts state legislation on off-road vehicle injuries in children. (October 2016). (Presented as platform and poster at the American Academy of Pediatrics Meeting, San Francisco, CA.)
Flaherty, MR., Garb, J., Miller, N., Koenigs, L. The effect of Massachusetts’ graduated driver licensing system on adolescent motor vehicle crashes. (May 2014). (Platform presentation at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, Vancouver,BC.)
- May | 15 | 2018
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury in children, and falls from windows are particularly dangerous. Michael Flaherty, DO, a pediatric critical care physician and researcher in injury prevention, shares tips on how to prevent accidental window falls in children.
- Dec | 6 | 2019
In recognition of December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month, Michael Flaherty, DO, MGHfC critical care physician and injury prevention researcher, shares a few tips to help prevent injuries during the holiday season.