Injury Prevention Center


Orlando C. Kirton, MD, FACS, MCCM, FCCP
Ludwig J. Pyrtek, M.D. Chair in Surgery
Chief, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Interim Director, Trauma Service
Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
(860) 972-4189 

Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH
Director, Injury Prevention Center
(860) 545-9988

D’Andrea K. Joseph, MD
Medical Director of Adult Injury Prevention
(860) 972 5022 

Jacqueline McQuay, RN, BSN, MS
Trauma Program Manager
(860) 545-1538

Kevin Borrup, JD, MPA
Senior Program Manager
(860) 545-9984

Karyl Burns, RN, PhD
Research Scientist
(860) 545-3658

Injury Prevention Center (IPC)

Trauma and Injury Prevention programs that are both age-related and seasonally-oriented are offered throughout the greater Hartford area. Programs are offered that benefit all ages: infants and preschoolers; young children, ‘tweens, and teens; and adults of all ages. These programs are designed to reduce the incidence of injury and trauma through education and behavior modification.

IPC Mission, Theme, and Core Activities

The mission of the IPC is to reduce unintentional injury and violence among Connecticut residents.

The IPC’s theme is to translate research into injury prevention programs and policy.

To meet its mission, the IPC implements four core activities:

Click on any of the above core activities to find out what the IPC is doing with regard to adult injury prevention.

Activities related to Pediatric Injury Prevention can be found by clicking here.

History of IPC

In 1990, the Injury Prevention Center was established within the Department of Pediatrics at Hartford Hospital to reduce unintentional injury and violence among Connecticut’s children and adolescents. In 1996, IPC became an integral program of Connecticut Children’s mission to improve the health and safety of the state’s children.

In 2006, the Trauma Institute was established between Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to enhance trauma care services to children and adults. At the outset, injury prevention was identified as an important component of the Trauma Institute and one that was necessary to meet the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level One Trauma Center requirements.

In 2007, the IPC at Connecticut Children’s, which has a 20 year history of successful injury prevention activities, began providing adult and pediatric injury prevention services and support to the Trauma Institute.

Service and Leadership

The Injury Prevention Center staff plays an important academic role in service and scholarship at the local, state, national, and international level.

At the local level, IPC staff has served on advisory boards of several municipal and community based organizations including:

  • Hartford Health Department
  • Mi Casa
  • Community Renewal Team
  • Central Connecticut Health District

At the state level, IPC staff has provided senior leadership with the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Under the state Office of Injury Control, were/are members of the state Injury Prevention Planning Group and EMSC committees (1995-99), and Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) Project (1995-2000)

At the regional level, the IPC director has represented the state on the New England Network to Prevent Childhood Injury (1987-90), has served as an advisory board member for the Harvard Injury Control Center (1993-95), and is currently the president of the New England Injury and Violence Prevention Research Collaborative (2011).

At the national level, the IPC director has served on expert panels for the Centers for Disease Control (Pediatric Injury Prevention Panel, 1998, National Action Plan on Childhood Injury Control, 2010), and on an expert workgroup for the American Heart Association (1986-88). The IPC director has provided leadership for the American Public Health Association (Section Chair of the Injury Control Section, 1993-94) and was an advisory board member for the National EMSC Data Resource Center (2000-08)

Current IPC staff and affiliated research scientists can be found here.

For More Information

To learn more about preventing injury, check out these sites: