Dr. Sharven Taghavi is a trauma surgeon and public health researcher focused on injury prevention and health disparities. Dr. Taghavi’s research has focused on improving knowledge of why firearm injuries occur and identifying modifiable risk factors that can be intervened upon to reduce the risk of involvement in gun violence, especially for patients who have been hospitalized after firearm injury. Through the use of large national databases, his research has shown that social determinants of health, such as insurance status, can influence the gun violence epidemic in our country. In addition, his work has shown that structural factors such as segregation, gun legislation, and familial instability all play a role in gun violence rates. Dr. Taghavi’s research on gun violence has been presented at national meetings such as the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST). In addition, his research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
- Houghton A., Burley N., Byrne T., Tatum D., Toraih E., Jackson-Weaver O., McGrew P., Duchesne J., Taghavi S. Firearm Homicide Mortality is Influenced by Structural Racism in U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Publish Ahead of Print. PMID 33797488.
- Taghavi S, Srivastav S, Tatum D, Smith A, Guidry C, McGrew P, Harris C, Schroll R, Duchesne J. Did the Affordable Care Act Reach Penetrating Trauma Patients Journal of Surgical Research. 2020: 250:112-118. PMID: 32044507.
- Friedman J, Mytty E, Ninokawa S, Reza T, Kaufman E, Raza S, Horwitz B, Asher J, Taghavi S, Guidry C, Duchesne J. A Tale of Two Cities: What is Driving the Firearm Mortality Difference in Two Large Urban Centers. The American Surgeon. 2021; 3134820945258. PMID 33497253.
- Taghavi S, Abdullah A, McGrew P, Tatum D, Hussein M, Toraih E, Duchesne J. The Burden of Hospital Readmission for Firearm Injuries Among Suicide Attempts and Other Shootings. In Submission.
- Ambur V., Taghavi S., Kadakia S., Jayarajan S.N., Gaughan J.P., Dauer E., Sjoholm L.O., Pathak A., Santora T.A., Rappold J., Goldberg A.J. Does Socioeconomic Status Predict Outcomes After Cholecystectomy American Journal of Surgery. 2017: 213; 102(4): 100-104
- Taghavi, S., Vora, H. P., Jayarajan, S. N., Gaughan, J. P., Pathak, A. S., Santora, T. A., & Goldberg, A. J. (2014). Prehospital intubation does not decrease complications in the penetrating trauma patient. The American Surgeon, 80(1), 9-14.
- Taghavi S., Jayarajan S.N., Duran J.M., Gaughan J.P., Pathak A., Santora T.A., Willis, A.I., Goldberg, A.J. Does Payer Status Matter in Penetrating Trauma Surgery. 2012; 152(2):227-231.
Selected Research Grants
Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
CCTS Pilot Grant
Grant amount: $5,000
The purpose of this study is to examine the disparities among gun violence trauma patients and assess the associated costs using the National Trauma Data Bank.
Co-Investigators: Guidry, McGrew and Schroll