Federico Vaca, MD, MPH

Professor of Emergency Medicine; Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

Departments & Organizations

Emergency Medicine: DAHRS | Injury Prevention and Intervention

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group

Global Health Initiative: Women & Child Health

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Vaca is a Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in Yale School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine and he holds a secondary appointment in the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Vaca previously served as a Medical Fellow for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, D.C. He serves on the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies’ Committee on Operator Education and Regulation, ANB30 and its Young Driver Subcommittee. Dr. Vaca was a recent Collaborating-Visiting Scholar at the NIH-Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR), Health Behavior Branch (HBB).

Dr. Vaca is a research and academic mentor to research fellows in the NIDA-funded K12 Mentored Clinical Scientists Development Program Award in Drug Abuse and Addiction and the Yale University Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

His research has focused on adolescent development and behaviors that influence the risk of motor vehicle crash morbidity and mortality as well as health disparities in injury and alcohol use disorders. Dr. Vaca has served on several national expert panels directed by the National Institutes of Health, National Academies of Science and the Transportation Research Board, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Safe States Alliance (formerly the State Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association), and the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dr. Vaca has served as member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. He is also a Research Scientist member of the National Hispanic Science Network.

Dr. Vaca was recently awarded the 2013 American College of Emergency Physicians National Faculty Teaching Award.

Education & Training

MPH University of California at Los Angeles (2002)
MD Creighton University School of Medicine (1992)
Fellow U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Fellow University of California-San Diego
Resident University of California-Irvine Medical Center
Board Certification AB of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine (2006)
Board Certification AB of Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine (Emergency Medicine) (2006)

Honors & Recognition

  • National Faculty Teaching AwardAmerican College of Emergency Physicians (2013)

  • California State Traffic Safety Achievement Award California Office of Traffic Safety (2007)

  • AAMC, Humanism in Medicine AwardAssociation of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), University of California, Irvine-School of Medicine (2005)

  • National Honorary Society in Public HealthDelta Omega (2002)

Professional Service

  • Committee Member Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Committee on Operator Education and Regulation, ANB30

  • Committee Member Appointments and Promotions Committee - Yale University School of Medicine

  • Board of Directors Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

  • Executive Committee Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine

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Contact Info

Federico Vaca, MD, MPH
Patient Care Locations
Yale Emergency MedicineYale-New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Yale Emergency MedicineYale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center
111 Goose Lane

Guilford, CT 06437
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Mailing Address
Department of Emergency Medicine
464 Congress Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519-1315

Center for Injury Prevention and Control Research