FineProfessor Emeritus of Medicine
Founder and Director Emeritus, UAB Injury Control Research Center

Founder and Director Emeritus, The Southern Consortium for Injury Biomechanics
Founder and Director Emeritus, The UAB University Transportation Center


Dr. Philip R. (Russ) Fine, an injury epidemiologist/biostatistician by training, is the founding director and former Director and Principal Investigator of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Injury Control Research Center (UAB ICRC), the Southern Consortium for Injury Biomechanics, and, the UAB University Transportation Center.

Dr. Fine is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, the University of Missouri Medical Center at Columbia, from where he received the MSPH degree, and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center at Oklahoma City, from where he received his PhD.

He has experience in many areas of public health and injury control, from investigating commercial and private aviation crash events for the Federal Aviation Administration; as Director of Research for the Chicago Board of Health; to establishing and directing the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Statewide Pediatric Lead Poisoning Program from his position as Health Services Coordinator during the administration of the late Governor, Richard B. Ogilvie between 1968 and 1972.  Subsequently, Dr. Fine spent three years in the private sector as Executive Vice President of Mediclinic Corporation, MasterCare Health Plan and The Chicago Loop Mediclinic, Illinois’ first outpatient surgical center.

Dr. Fine joined UAB’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in early 1975 where he achieved the rank of full tenured professor in 1983. While with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine he served as its Director of Research and Scientific Affairs, Director of Research for the NIDRR-sponsored Medical Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Spinal Cord Dysfunction, Co-Director of the UAB Spinal Cord Injury Care System, and Co-director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center.

In 1988, Dr. Fine was appointed Professor of Medicine in the UAB Depart-ment of Medicine’s Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology.

During his nearly four decade long career at UAB, Dr. Fine held secondary appointments in the UAB School of Public Health’s Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, the School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, the School of Nursing and in UAB’s Graduate School.

Dr. Fine is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the World Federation of Neurology, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Society of Sigma Chi. Dr. Fine served as chairman of the late Governor George Wallace’s Task Force on Drunk Driving for the state of Alabama and is cofounder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Alabama, serving as president of that organization in Jefferson County from 1984 to 1986.

Dr. Fine is the author or coauthor of more than 100 contributions to scientific literature and has been awarded numerous funded and peer-reviewed scientific research grants and contracts that brought nearly $50 million to UAB during his tenure.

In 1993, the story of his relationship with a despondent quadriplegic contemplating suicide was the subject of The Switch, an Emmy nominated made-for-television movie that was broadcast nationwide on the CBS television network.

Selected Publications

Denninghoff KR, Griffin MJ, Bartolucci AA, Lobello SG, Fine PR. 2008. Emergent endotracheal intubation and mortality in traumatic brain injury. West J Emerg Med. 9(4):184-9. PMID: 19561742

Elliott TR, Brossart D, Berry JW, Fine PR. 2008. Problem-solving training via videoconferencing for family caregivers of persons with spinal cord injuries: a randomized controlled trial. Behav Res Ther. 46(11):1220-9. PMID: 18828993

Underhill AT, LoBello SG, Fine PR. 2004. Reliability and validity of the Family Satisfaction Scale with survivors of traumatic brain injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 41(4):603-10. PMID: 15558388

Devivo MJ, Underhill AT, Fine PR. 2004. Accuracy of world-wide-web death searches for persons with traumatic brain injury. Brain Inj. 18(11):1155-62. PMID: 15545211

Lobello SG, Underhill AT, Fine PR. 2004 The reliability and validity of the Life Satisfaction Index-A with survivors of traumatic brain injury. Brain Inj. 18(11):1127-34. PMID: 15545209

LoBello SG, Underhil AT, Valentine PV, Stroud TP, Bartolucci AA, Fine PR. 2003. Social integration and life and family satisfaction in survivors of injury at 5 years postinjury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 40(4):293-9. PMID: 15074440

Underhill AT, Lobello SG, Stroud TP, Terry KS, Devivo MJ, Fine PR. 2003. Depression and life satisfaction in patients with traumatic brain injury: a longitudinal study. Brain Inj. 17(11):973-82. PMID: 14514448

Straaton KV, Fine PR, White MB, Maisiak RS. 1998 Disability caused by work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 10(2):141-5. Review. PMID: 9567210


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