Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE

Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE, is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine and associate trauma director at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric injury epidemiology
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE is a pediatric emergency physician and clinical epidemiologist. He is a professor of Pediatrics at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and an attending physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). An internationally recognized leader in pediatric trauma research, he is the co-scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP. Dr. Durbin’s research interests are in the prevention of motor vehicle occupant injuries to children and the prevention of teen driver crashes.

    Dr. Durbin has been a major contributor to policy planning and guidance efforts in reducing vehicle-related injuries and deaths among children. He served on the Committee for Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a member of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. His research has been recognized by a number of organizations with several awards, including the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


    Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatric Emergency Medicine - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine

    Graduate Degree

    MS in Clinical Epidemiology - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Associate Trauma Director, Emergency Medicine

    Emergency Medicine Attending Physician

    Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Publications




    Huang P, Durbin DR, Blum NJ. Promoting Safety in Children with Disabilities. In: UpToDate, Basow, DS (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA, 2011.  


    Durbin DR, Nance ML. Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Trauma Care, in: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence. Wheeler D, Wong H and Shanley T, eds. Springer Publishing, 2007.  


    Callahan J, Baker MD. General Wound Management. In In Henretig FM, King C, editors: Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Procedures 2nd Edition, Baltimore, Williams and Wilkins, 2007.


    Daugherty R, Durbin DR. Trauma-Related Infections, in: Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Shah S (ed). Blackwell Publishing, Malden, Massachusetts, 2005. Pg 119-124.  


    Durbin DR, Liacouras C, Gastrointestinal Emergencies, in: Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Fisher GR and Ludwig S (eds.). Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1999. Pg. 1017-1042.  


    Durbin DR. Sepsis in The Five Minute Pediatric Consultant, Schwartz MW (ed.), Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1996. Pg. 740-741.  


    Durbin DR and Giardino AP. Housestaff education on transport in Pediatric Transport Medicine, McCloskey K and Orr RA (eds.), Mosby-Yearbook, Chicago, 1995, pg. 491-503.  


    Durbin DR, Selbst SM, Fein JA. Injuries and emergencies in Rudolph's Fundamentals of Pediatrics, Rudolph A and Kamei R (ed.). Appleton and Lange, Norwalk 1994. 



    Durbin DR. New recommendations on motor vehicle safety for child passengers. Am Fam Physician. 2013 Apr 1;87(7):472-4. PubMed PMID: 23547587.

    Curry AE, Zonfrillo MR, Myers RK, Durbin DR. Validation of a parent survey for reporting child injuries. Inj Prev. 2013 Feb 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23407744.


    Curry AE, Pfeiffer MR, Localio R, Durbin DR. Graduated driver licensing decal law: effect on young probationary drivers. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jan;44(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.09.041. PubMed PMID: 23253643.

    Zonfrillo MR, Durbin DR, Winston FK, Zhao H, Stineman MG. Physical disability after injury-related inpatient rehabilitation in children. Pediatrics. 2013 Jan;131(1):e206-13. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-1418. Epub 2012 Dec 17. PubMed PMID: 23248228.

    Zonfrillo MR, Durbin DR, Winston FK. Child passenger safety: protecting your patients on every trip. J Pediatr (Rio J). 2012 Jul;88(4):283-5. doi: 10.2223/JPED.2209. Epub 2012 Aug 10. PubMed PMID: 22878696.

    Curry AE, Mirman JH, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Peer passengers: how do they affect teen crashes? J Adolesc Health. 2012 Jun;50(6):588-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.10.016. Epub 2012 Jan 23. PubMed PMID: 22626485.

    García-España JF, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Safety belt laws and disparities in safety belt use among US high-school drivers. Am J Public Health. 2012 Jun;102(6):1128-34. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300493. Epub 2012 Apr 19. PubMed PMID: 22515851.

    Curry AE, García-España JF, Winston FK, Ginsburg K, Durbin DR. Variation in teen driver education by state requirements and sociodemographics. Pediatrics. 2012 Mar;129(3):453-7. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2303. Epub 2012 Feb 13. PubMed PMID: 22331344.

    Huang P, Kao T, Curry AE, Durbin DR. Factors associated with driving in teens with autism spectrum disorders. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 Jan;33(1):70-4. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31823a43b7. PubMed PMID: 22157351.


    Jacobsohn L, García-España JF, Durbin DR, Erkoboni D, Winston FK. Adult-supervised practice driving for adolescent learners: The current state and directions for interventions. J Safety Res. 2012 Feb;43(1):21-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2011.10.008. Epub 2011 Dec 29. PubMed PMID: 22385737.

    Zonfrillo MR, Elliott MR, Flannagan CA, Durbin DR. Association between weight and risk of crash-related injuries for children in child restraints. Pediatrics. 2011 Dec;128(6):1148-52. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3810. Epub 2011 Nov 28. PubMed PMID: 22123879.

    Durbin DR, Curry A, Myers RK. Development of a US Child-Focused Motor Vehicle Crash Surveillance System: A Pilot Study. Ann Adv Automot Med. 2011;55:33-40. PubMed PMID: 22105381; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3256837.

    Henretig FM, Durbin DR, Kallan MJ, Winston FK. Grandparents driving grandchildren: an evaluation of child passenger safety and injuries. Pediatrics. 2011 Aug;128(2):289-95. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-0046. Epub 2011 Jul 18. PubMed PMID: 21768311.

    Curry AE, Hafetz J, Kallan MJ, Winston FK, Durbin DR. Prevalence of teen driver errors leading to serious motor vehicle crashes. Accid Anal Prev. 2011 Jul;43(4):1285-90. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2010.10.019. Epub 2010 Nov 19. PubMed PMID: 21545856.

    Durbin DR; Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. Child passenger safety. Pediatrics. 2011 Apr;127(4):e1050-66. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-0215. Epub 2011 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 21422094.

    Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, Durbin DR. Child passenger safety. Pediatrics. 2011 Apr;127(4):788-93. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-0213. Epub 2011 Mar 21. PubMed PMID: 21422088.

    Zonfrillo MR, Nelson KA, Durbin DR. Emergency physicians' knowledge and provision of child passenger safety information. Acad Emerg Med. 2011 Feb;18(2):145-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00971.x. PubMed PMID: 21314773.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions


    2005 -   Member, Medical Advisory Board, Parents Magazine

    2004 -   Section Reviewer, Going Out in: Baby & Child Health, American Academy of Pediatrics pg 42-43

    2004 -   Section Reviewer, Physical Skills in: Baby & Child Health, American Academy of Pediatrics pg 78-83.

    2004 -   Reviewer, Pediatrics

    2003 -   Reviewer, American Journal of Public Health

    2001 -   Reviewer, Injury Prevention

    2000 -   Reviewer, Journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association

    1999 -   Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine

    1998 -   Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine

    1998 -   Reviewer, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

    1995 -   Reviewer, Journal of the American Medical Association

    1991 -   Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Care 

    Academic Committees at University of Pennsylvania and Affiliated Hospitals

    1995 -   Member, Epidemiology Graduate Teaching Curriculum Committee, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology