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 Related Injury 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 Related Injury 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.



Click here for a more complete list of publications. Below are a few selected papers

Fine, P.R
., Thomas, C.W., Suhs RH, Cohnberg RE, Flashner BA. 1972. Pediatric blood lead levels: a study in 14 Illinois cities of intermediate population. JAMA 221: 1475-1484. PMID:5068647

Fine, P.R.
, Kuhlemeier, K.V., DeVivo MJ, Stover SL. 1979. Spinal cord injury: an epidemiologic perspective. Paraplegia 17: 237-250. PMID: 492764

Better, S.R., Fine, P.R., Simison D, Doss GH, Walls RT, McLaughlin DE. 1979. Disability benefits as disincentives to rehabilitation. Milbank Mem. Fund Q. 57: 412-427. PMID: 157443

DeVivo, M.J., Fine, P.R., Maetz HM, Stover SL. 1980. Prevalence of spinal cord injury: a re-estimation employing life-table techniques. Arch. Neurol. 37: 707-708. PMID: 7436813 (From the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (Mr DeVivo, Drs Fine and Stover), and the Department of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology (Dr Maetz), University of Alabama, Birmingham)

Fine, P.R.,
Roseman, J.M., Constandinou CM, Brissie RM, Glass JM, Wrigley JM. 1994. Homicide Among Black Males in Jefferson County, Alabama 1978-1989, J. Forensic Sci. 39: 674-684. PMID:8006616



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