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Dr. Robert Russell

Director, Trauma Program, Children's of Alabama

Areas of Interest
minimally invasive pediatric surgery, pediatric trauma, neonatal surgery, quality improvement and outcomes research


Dr. Russell obtained his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University graduating summa cum laude with a obtaining a BA in European History. He began his medical education at the Medical University of South Carolina graduating in 2003. He completed his surgical residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. During his residency, Dr. Russell also completed a Master’s in Public Health from Vanderbilt University in 2008. He completed his pediatric surgical training at Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University in 2012. .Dr. Russell then joined the faculty at UAB in 2012 as assistant professor of surgery. In February 2013, he was appointed the Director of Pediatric Trauma at Children’s of Alabama. Dr. Russell also serves in several other capacities at Children’s of Alabama, including Surgeon Champion for the Pediatric Surgery Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP-P), member of the Quality Improvement Council, and Physician Champion for the Surgical Site Infection Improvement Collaborative. He has particular interest in pediatric trauma, minimally invasive surgery, and surgical outcomes research.

Dr. Russell’s clinical interests include minimally invasive pediatric surgery, pediatric trauma, and neonatal surgery. Dr. Russell’s research interests focus on mechanisms and translational questions regarding acute traumatic coagulopathy in the pediatric trauma population. He also focuses research on quality improvement/clinical outcomes in pediatric surgery.

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Russell RT, Sharp KW. Mucinous cystadenoma of the pancreas associated with acute pancreatitis and concurrent pancreatic pseudocyst. American Surgeon 2005; 71: 292-297.

Feurer ID, Russell RT, Pinson CW. Incorporating quality of life and patient satisfaction measures into a transplant outcomes assessment program: technical and practical considerations. Progress in Transplantation 2007; 17: 121-128.

Kemp CD, Russell RT, Sharp KW. Resection of Benign Duodenal Neoplasms. American Surgeon 2007; 73(11): 1086-1091.

Russell RT, Pinson CW. The surgical management of polycystic liver disease. World Journal of Gastroenterology 2007; 13(38): 5052-5059.

Russell RT, Feurer ID, Wisawatapnimit P, Salomon RM, Pinson CW. The effects of physical quality of life, time, and gender on the change in anxiety and depression after liver transplantation. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 2008; 12(1): 138-144.

Russell RT, Feurer ID, Wisawatapnimit P, Lillie ES, Castaldo ET Pinson CW. A Profile of Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes after Liver Transplantation: Univariate Effects and Multivariate Models. HPB 2008; 10(1): 30-37.

Russell RT, Feurer ID, Wisawatapnimit P, Pinson CW. The validity of the EQ-5D US Preference Weights in Liver Transplant Patients. Liver Transplantation 2009; 15(1): 88-95.

Castaldo ET, Feurer ID, Russell RT, Pinson CW. Correlation of health-related quality of life after liver transplant with the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease score. Archives of Surgery 2009; 144(2): 167-172.

Zaydfudim V, Russell RT, Feurer ID, Wright JK, Pinson CW. Drain use after open cholecystectomy: is there a justification? Langenbecks Archives of Surgery 2009; 394: 1011-1017.

Russell RT, Cohen M, Billmire DF. Tracheoesophageal Fistula following button battery ingestion: Successful non-operative management. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2013; 48, 441-444.

Iqbal CW, St Peter SD, Tsao K, Cullinane DC, Gourlay DM, Ponsky TA, Wulkan ML, Adibe OO, and Pancreatic Trauma in Children (PATCH) Study Group. Operative vs nonoperative management for blunt pancreatic transection in children: multi-institutional outcomes. Journal of American College of Surgeons 2014; 218(2): 157-162.

Christiaans SC, Duhacheck AL, Russell RT, Lisco SJ, Kerby JD, Pittet JF. Coagulopathy after severe pediatric trauma: A review. Shock. 2014; 41(6):476-90.

Russell RT, Lucas AP, Johnson J, Yannam G, Griffin RL, Beierle EA, Anderson SA, Chen MK, Harmon CM. Extraction of esophageal foreign bodies in children: Rigid versus Flexible endoscopy. Pediatric Surgery International 2014; 30(4): 417-422.

Matthews EK, Griffin RL, Mortellaro V, Beierle EA, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Russell RT. Clinical Predictors of Perforated Appendicitis: the Utility of Immature Granulocyte Percentage. Journal of Surgical Research 2014; 190(1): 230-234.

Seims AD, Russell RT, Beierle EA, Chen MK, Anderson SA, Martin CA, Harmon CM. Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) splenectomy: what dictates the need for additional ports? Surgical Endoscopy 2014 July 2 (epub ahead of print).

Russell RT, Griffin RL, Weinstein E, Billmire DF. Esophageal Button Battery Ingestions: Decreasing Time to Operative Intervention by Level 1 Trauma Activation. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2014; 49(9): 1360-1362.

Alemayehu K, Tsao K, Wulkan ML, Islam S, Russell RT, Ponsky TA, Cullinane DC, Alder A, St. Peter SD, Iqbal CW. Multi-institutional experience with penetrating pancreatic injuries in children. Pediatric Surgery International 2014; 30(11): 1107-1110.

Levy SM, Lally KP, Blakely ML, Calkins CM, Dassinger MS, Duggan E, Huang EY, Kawaguchi AL, Lopez ME, Russell RT, St. Peter SD, Streck CJ, Vogel AM, Tsao K for the Pediatric Surgery Research Collaborative. Surgical Wound Misclassification: A Multicenter Evaluation. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2015; 220(3): 323-329.

Dassinger SM, Renaud EJ, Goldin A, Huang EY, Russell RT, Streck CJ, Tang X, Blakely ML. Use of Real-Time Ultrasound during Central Venous Catheter Placement: Results of an APSA Survey. Journal of Pediatric Surgery March 2015: epub ahead of print.

Seims AD, Nice TR, Mortellaro VE, Lacher M, Ba’ath ME, Anderson SA, Beierle EA, Martin CA, Rogers DA, Harmon CM, Chen MK, Russell RT. Routine Utilization of Single-Incision Pediatric Endosurgery (SIPES): A 5-year Institutional Experience. Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques 2015; 25(3): 252-255.

Putnam LR, Levy SM, Blakely ML, Lally KP, Wyrick DL, Dassinger MS, Russell RT, Huang EY, Vogel AM, Streck CJ, Kawaguchi AL, Calkins CM, St. Peter SD, Streck CJ, Lopez ME, Tsao K for the Pediatric Surgery Research Collaborative. A Multicenter Quality Improvement Initiative improves Surgical Wound Class Assignment, but is it enough? Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2015; accepted.

Chignalia AZ, Yetimakman F, Christiaans SC, Unal S, Bayrakci B, Wagener BM, Russell RT, Kerby JD, Pittet JF, Dull RO. The Glycocalyx and Trauma: A Review. Shock 28 Oct 2015 epub.



Medical School
Medical University of South Carolina

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
General Surgery

Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University
Pediatric Surgery


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Lowder 300

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