Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH

Linking Data to Identify Gun Violence Intervention Opportunities

Dr. Ruth Abaya is a Stoneleigh Fellow with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), creating a registry of individuals who have experienced fatal and nonfatal firearm injuries in Philadelphia to identify the most promising practices for violence prevention and intervention in the city.

Ruth also serves as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at CHOP and as an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is a fellow of CHOP’s Violence Prevention Initiative and the program manager for the Injury Prevention Program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. As a pediatric emergency medicine fellow, Ruth’s research focused on identifying risk factors for firearm carrying and common carrying practices among a cohort of adolescents.

Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University and an MD and MPH from Northwestern University. She completed her pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and her fellowship training at CHOP. She is a member of the National Medical Council on Gun Violence and has presented on gun violence prevention nationally.

Stoneleigh Fellow

2020-2023

Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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