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Phone  205-975-4388
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Undergraduate  University of Virginia    1979  Bachelor of Arts 
Medical School  University of Virginia    1983  MD  
Residency  University of Alabama, Birmingham    1988  MD 
Residency  Hampton General Hospital    1989  MD 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Surgery   Surgery - Gen Surg Trauma Section Professor
Secondary  Anesthesiology   Anesthesiology Chair Office Assistant Professor
Secondary  Civil, Construction & Environmental Egr  Civil, Construction & Environmental Egr Associate Professor
Center  Comprehensive Ctr for Healthy Aging  Comprehensive Ctr for Healthy Aging Professor
Center  Biostatistics  UAB Ctr for Study of Community Health Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
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Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Rue is the Chief Medical Officer for UAB Health Systems. He previously served as the UAB Department of Surgery’s Division Director of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care. He has held numerous administrative roles for the University including Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the School of Medicine. He also is the founding director of the Center for Injury Sciences and created a PGY-6 level residency training program in Surgical Critical Care.
Dr. Rue has served the U.S. Army as a staff surgeon at the U.S. Army Institution of Surgical Research in San Antonio, where, he conducted both clinical and basic research investigations concerning shock and burn resuscitation. Dr. Rue served with an evacuation hospital during the Persian Gulf Conflict and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal in January 1992.
His research interest include studies of inflammatory response following hemorrhage and resuscitation, oxidant species in hepatic ischemia-reperfusion, induced remote lung and renal injury, gender differences in traumatic injury response, and growth factor modulation of stromal stem cells to improve osseous repair following a fracture.

Research/Clinical Interest
Dr. Rue’s major research interest has focused on the development of trauma systems as they pertain to optimizing care for injured patients in our region and the state. Federal grants have supported the development of a Regional Trauma System and serve as the nucleus for developing a statewide system. Recent data analysis has indicated a 12% reduction in injury related mortality in the Birmingham region following introduction of the Regional Trauma Plan while the remainder of the state enjoyed no reduction in death in a similar time interval. Dr. Rue’s additional research interest surrounds the CIREN program (Crash Injury Research Engineering Network) supported by Mercedes Benz and in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This research initiative focuses on relating the consequences of motor vehicle collision from the perspective of physical damage of the vehicle as it relates to specific injury patterns. Accident kinematics are investigated and related to patient injuries with a major objective being to identify new opportunities for automotive safety design as well as enabling earlier identification of occult patient injuries. Further research initiatives involve the development of automated crash notification systems in an attempt to achieve earlier identification of serious accident events as well as the location of that event. The combination of Trauma System Development and the crash research investigations have enabled identification of certain crash specific features that are predictive of serious injury. Automated systems in which vehicle performance data, recorded immediately prior to collision, could be transmitted to the central trauma communications center will achieve earlier identification of motor vehicle collisions and enable dispatch of appropriate EMS resources to provide expeditious care of these patients. This is of particular importance in the rural areas of the State of Alabama.

Trauma, automotive safety