Dr. Jeffrey D. Kerby







Jeffrey D. Kerby, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery, General Trauma Division

Dr. Kerby is a Professor of Surgery in the Section of Trauma, Burns, and Critical Care. He joined the trauma faculty at UAB after serving as a trauma surgeon in the United States Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. While in the military, Dr. Kerby participated in the development and validation of small, portable mobile field surgical teams which are currently being used by all branches of the service to provide surgical support for troops involved in military operations. Dr. Kerby's research interests focus on prehospital care in both cardiac arrest and injury, and the investigation of tools that may be used to more accurately identify a severely injured patient in the pre-hospital evironment. He served as the Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded Research Outcomes Consortium (ROC) from 2004 until 2015, and as a lead investigator for UAB's participation in these studies.

Dr. Kerby also serves as the Chief of General Surgery and the Assistant Chief of Surgery for the Birmingham Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. He holds special consultancy positions for both the Airforce Special Operations Commans at Hurlburt Field, and for the Naval Medical Research Center in Bethesda, MD. Additionally, Dr. Kerby is the Off-Line Medical Director for Regional Paramedic Services, Inc., in Jasper, AL, and the Assistant Medical Director for Air Methods Corporation (Alabama Lifesaver).

Selected Publications:

  • Stress-induced hyperglycemia is associated with higher mortality in severe traumatic brain injury. Bosarge PL, Shouldtz TH, Griffin RL, Kerby JD. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Aug;79(2):289-94.
  • Novak et al., PROPPR Study Group. Making thawed universal donor plasma available rapidly for massively bleeding trauma patients: experience from the Pragmatic, Randomized Optimal Platelets and Plasma Ratios (PROPPR) trial. Transfusion. 2015 Jun;55(6):1331-9.
  • Guyette FX, et al., ROC Investigators. A comparison of prehospital lactate and systolic blood pressure for predicting the need for resuscitative care in trauma transported by ground. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Mar;78(3):600-6.
  • Kerby JD, Cusick MV. Prehospital emergency trauma care and management. Surg Clin North Am. 2012 Aug;92(4):823-41.