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Michael Flaherty is an attending Intensivist in the pediatric intensive care unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. His clinical interests include the care of critically ill children in all capacities, as well as specifically in the medical treatment of pediatric trauma victims, and the treatment of severe refractory asthma.
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Michael Flaherty is an attending Intensivist in the pediatric intensive care unit at MassGeneral for Children. He grew up in North Andover, MA and attended Emmanuel College in Boston where he obtained a B.S. in both biology and chemistry. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME and returned to Massachusetts to complete his residency in pediatrics at the Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University program. During residency, he became interested in pediatric injury prevention research, and was part of the first group to study graduated driver licensing for the prevention of adolescent motor vehicle fatalities in Massachusetts. His research won him the American Pediatric Association Resident Research Award in 2014. He went on to complete his fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where he became involved with the Trauma and Injury Prevention Outreach Program. He stayed on as faculty at MassGeneral for Children where he continues research in pediatric trauma and injury prevention, as well as maintains active interests in graduate medical education. His clinical interests include the care of critically ill children in all capacities, as well as specifically in the medical treatment of pediatric trauma victims, and the treatment of severe refractory asthma.
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 injury including sports-related concussion, off-road vehicle injuries, and adolescent 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 of common causes of childhood trauma.
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.)
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury in children, and falls from windows are particularly dangerous. As the warm weather approaches, Michael Flaherty, DO, a pediatric critical care physician and researcher in injury prevention at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, shares tips on how to prevent accidental window falls in children.
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