Thomas R. Hartka, MD, MS, MSDS

Thomas R. Hartka, MD, MS, MSDS

HartkaThomas[1]Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Interim Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Medical Director, UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics

P.O. Box 800699
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0699
Phone: 434-924-8485
Fax: 434-924-2877


  • M.S.D.S., Data Science, University of Virginia (2021)
  • Trauma Biomechanics Fellowship, University of Virginia (2014)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia (2013)
  • M.D., University of Virginia (2010)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, John Hopkins University (2005)
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2004)
  • B.S., Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2002)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Blunt Force Thoracic Trauma
  • Radiographic Interpretation of Injury and Accident Reconstruction
  • Motor Vehicle Crash Occupant Kinematics during Collisions
  • Pre-hospital Patient Care and Triage
  • Pre-hospital provider education
  • Mobile computing for medical education
  • High-fidelity simulation

NIH Grant

2021-2022: Novel deep learning strategy to translate ICD Codes to the Abbreviated Injury Scale. National Center For Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

Role: Principal Investigator – Thomas R. Hartka, MD, MS

Recent Publications

  • Espelien C, Jin R, Mostofizadeh S, et al. Seat Belt Use in the US by Pregnant Motor Vehicle Occupants. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(9):e2334272. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.34272
  • Hartka T, Chernyavskiy P, Glass G, Yaworsky J, Ji Y. Evaluation of Neural Machine translation for conversion of International Classification of disease codes to the Abbreviated injury Scale. Accid Anal Prev. 2023 Oct;191:107183. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2023.107183. Epub 2023 Jul 5. PMID: 37418869.
  • Makonnen N, Layng TA, Hartka TR. Comparison of mortality in emergency department patients with immediate versus delayed hypotension, Am J of Emerg Med, Vol. 72, 2023, pp 1-6, ISSN 0735-6757,
  • Kent R, Cormier J, McMurry TL, Johan Ivarsson B, Funk J, Hartka T, Sochor M. Spinal injury rates and specific causation in motor vehicle collisions. Accid Anal Prev. 2023 Mar 30;186:107047. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2023.107047. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37003164.
  • George Glass, Pavel Chernyavskiy, Thomas Hartka, Bethany Neri & James F. Calland (2022): Proximity to fatal accidents predicts police citation rates on urban and rural roads, Traffic Injury Prevention, DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2022.2110590