Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD is an internationally recognized, Board-certified, practicing pediatrician, a doctorally-trained engineer, a public health researcher, Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and Science, Director, National Science Foundation Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies, and Medical Advisor for Innovation at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Winston leads large interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research teams that conduct work at the interface of child and adolescent health, injury, engineering, technology and behavioral science. She applies clinical models and systematic, pragmatic research methods to the development and evaluation of novel approaches, largely focused on the use of technology to promote health and prevent injury. To do this work, she has demonstrated ability in pulling together experts across disciplines and industries to create, evaluate and implement solutions for major health and safety problems that achieve measurable impact. Her current foundational research aims to establish the neuroscience of driving through the use of driving simulation/virtual reality, neurocognitive measures, magnetic encephalography and machine learning. Her applied research brings the diagnostic and coaching tools built on this scientific foundation to driving licensing centers (Ohio), corporations and clinics. She is applying her translational research model beyond injury through her leadership role in innovation and entrepreneurship at CHOP and Penn Medicine. For this work, she is developing models of academic medical entrepreneurship that bring together the frontline clinicians and families (who can best define clinical problems) with technological experts (who can best adapt their discoveries to solve these problems) and entrepreneurs and healthcare system administrators (who can deliver proven solutions at scale to achieve impact).
Dr. Winston earned her PhD in Bioengineering and MD from the University of Pennsylvania.