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Sharven Taghavi, MD MPH MS

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Sharven Taghavi, MD MPH MS

Specialty Areas:

Trauma Surgery, Injury Prevention, Health Disparities

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Gun Violence

Angles of Approach

#Biological Medical


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.





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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


Dr. Taghavi’s School of Medicine profile page