Departments & Organizations
Women & Child Health
Dr. Vaca is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and in the Child Study Center. He is a Senior Research Faculty member in the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine. 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 is a Collaborating-Visiting Researcher at the 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 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. Dr. Vaca has served on several national expert panels directed by the 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 serves as member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. He is also a 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)
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