Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death and injury in adolescents. Michael R. Flaherty, DO, physician with Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and director of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids at MGHfC presents strategies to keep teen drivers safe and how parents can help.
Michael Flaherty, DO
Michael Flaherty, DO
Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Quality and Safety Director, Pediatric Critical Care
Departments, Centers, & Programs:
Mass General for Children: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
- DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Residency, Baystate Medical Center-Springfield
- Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
American Board Certifications
- Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics
- Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Accepted Insurance Plans
Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.
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. Kim, AM., Salt, MD, Lee, LK. Distracted Driving Laws and Motor Vehicle Fatalities. Pediatrics. Jun 2020.
Flaherty, MR. et. al. Unintentional Window Falls in Children and Adolescents. Acad Pediatr. Jul 2020.
Flaherty, MR. Sheridan, R. Fire Pit-Related Burn Injuries and Children and Adolescents. J Burn Care Res. July 2019.
Flaherty, MR. Klig, J. Firearm-Related Injuries in Children and Adolescents; An Emergency and Critical Care Perspective. Curr Op Pedtr. Jul 2020.
Naureckas Li, C, Sacks CA, McGregor, KA, Masiakos, PT, Flaherty, MR. Screening for Access to Firearms in High-Risk Patients. Acad Pediatr. Aug 2019.
Ghersin ZJ, Flaherty MR, Yager P, Cummings BM. Going green: decreasing medical waste in a paediatric intensive care unit in the United States. New Bioeth. 2020 Jun.
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.
Related News and Articles
- Feb | 21 | 2020
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.
- Oct | 7 | 2021
Learn how to stay safe this Halloween!
- Patient Education
- Nov | 16 | 2020
In recognition of December as Safe Toys and Gifts Month, Michael Flaherty, DO, critical care physician and injury prevention researcher at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, shares a few tips to help prevent injuries during the holiday season.
- 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.