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Campus Address KB 120 Zip 0016
Phone 205-975-3030
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Surgery   Surgery - Gen Surg Trauma Section Professor
Secondary  Anesthesiology   Anesthesiology Chair Office Assistant Professor
Center  Center for Aging  COMPREHENSIVE CTR FOR HEALTHY AGING Professor

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Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Rue is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Following graduation, he undertook his residency in General Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham ultimately serving as Administrative Chief Resident. Following a year in private practice in his hometown, Dr. Rue entered the U.S. Army as a staff surgeon at the U.S. Army Institution of Surgical Research in San Antonio. During that time, 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, Dr. Rue returned to the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in October 1995, and as Professor of Surgery in October 1999. Dr. Rue also holds secondary appointments in the Department of Anesthesiology and Environmental and Civil Engineering. He has held several administrative positions relative to trauma and surgical critical care as well as having been actively involved in the undergraduate and graduate medical education programs at UAB.

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.