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Patricia C. Dischinger

Patricia C. Dischinger Ph.D.

Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Epidemiology & Public Health
Location: 110 S. Paca Street, 4th floor, Rm 4-S-124
Phone: 410-328-4246
Phone: 410-328-5085
Fax: 410-328-3699

Personal History:

Dr. Dischinger is an injury epidemiologist who received her PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and conducts her research at the National Study Center for Trauma and EMS, which is part of the STAR ORC (Shock, Trauma, and Anesthesiology Research Organized Research Center.

Dr. Dischinger’s research interests are focused primarily on trauma resulting from motor vehicle crashes, and her work has spanned the gamut from injury surveillance, substance abuse and trauma, and injury biomechanics, to outcomes of specific types of injuries, including traumatic brain injury and lower extremity injuries. She has been funded by the CDC, NIH, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the Department of Defense (Congressionally Designated Medical Research Program), NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Maryland Highway Safety Office, which is part of the State Highway Administration.

Research Interests:

  • Injury surveillance
  • Trends in injuries due to motor vehicle collisions
  • Biomechanics of lower extremity injuries, with emphasis on host factors such as gender, height, and weight
  • Predictors of outcome among subjects with mild traumatic brain injury
  • Trauma in the elderly
  • Occupational injury
  • Substance abuse and trauma

Current Grants and Contracts:

  • MD Center for Traffic Safety and Analysis (MCTSA), Maryland Motor Administration (PI)
  • Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network , National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PI)
  • Impaired Driving Enforcement Program Evaluation, U of MD College Park (PI)
  • Epidemiology Methodology Training Service Agreement, Dimensions Health Corp and Dimensions Health Care System (PI)
  • Alcohol Involvement in a Cohort of Trauma Patients: Trends and Future Mortality, NIAAA (Co-investigator)
  • Hangovers and Traffic Injuries: Is Alcohol’s Influence Greater than Expected?” , NIAAA (Co-investigator)
  • Research and Evaluation for the Maryland Center for Excellence, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, ( Co-investigator)


Dischinger P, Li J, Smith GS, Ho S, Auman K, and Shojai D. Prescription medication usage and crash culpability in a population of injured drivers. (2011). Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine (2011), 55: 207-216.

Ryb GE, Dischinger PC. Disparities in trauma center access of older injured motor vehicle crash occupants. Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care. (2011) 71 (3): 742-747.

Ryb GE, Dischinger PC, Kleinberger M, McGwin G, and Griffin RL. Aortic injuries in newer vehicles. Accident Analysis and Prevention (2013) 59: 253-259.

Dischinger PC, Ryb GE, Kufera MA, Ho SM. Declining statewide trends in motor vehicle crashes and injury-related hospital admissions. Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine (2013) 57: 247-257.

Burch C, Cook L, and Dischinger P. A comparison of KABCO and AIS injury severity metrics using CODES linked data. Traffic Injury Prevention ( 2014) 15, 627-630.

Ryb GE, Dischinger PC, Auman KM, Kufera JA, Cooper CC, Mackenzie CF, and Kane RL. -S-100 B does not predict outcome after mild traumatic brain injury . Brain Injury (2014) 28 (11): 1430-1435.