• 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Need for surgeon presence: Continuing to Re-Think pediatric trauma triage strategies 2021
    2020 A Multicenter Study of Nutritional Adequacy in Neonatal and Pediatric Extracorporeal Life SupportJournal of Surgical Research.  249:67-73. 2020
    2019 A Synopsis of Pediatric Patients With Hepatoblastoma and Wilms Tumor: NSQIP-P 2012-2016Journal of Surgical Research.  244:338-342. 2019
    2019 Bleeding Assessment Scale in Critically Ill Children (BASIC): Physician-Driven Diagnostic Criteria for Bleeding SeverityCritical Care Medicine.  47:1766-1772. 2019
    2019 Factors Affecting Readmission After Pediatric Thyroid Resection: A National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric EvaluationJournal of Surgical Research.  243:33-40. 2019
    2019 Retraction Notice to “Factors Affecting Readmission Following Pediatric Thyroid Resection: A NSQIP-P Evaluation” [Journal of Surgical Research 243 (2019) 33-4](S0022480419302938)(10.1016/j.jss.2019.05.002)Journal of Surgical Research.  243:R1. 2019
    2019 Comparison of Pediatric and Adult Solid Pseudopapillary Neoplasms of the PancreasJournal of Surgical Research.  242:312-317. 2019
    2019 Pancreatic islet cell tumors in adolescents and young adultsJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  54:2103-2106. 2019
    2019 Plasma Angiopoietin-2/-1 Ratio is Elevated and Angiopoietin-2 Levels Correlate with Plasma Syndecan-1 Following Pediatric TraumaShock.  52:340-346. 2019
    2019 Management and outcomes of peripancreatic fluid collections and pseudocysts following non-operative management of pancreatic injuries in childrenPediatric Surgery International.  35:861-867. 2019
    2019 Variability in perioperative evaluation and resource utilization in pediatric patients with suspected biliary dyskinesia: A multi-institutional retrospective cohort studyJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  54:1118-1122. 2019
    2019 Defining massive transfusion in civilian pediatric traumaJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  54:975-979. 2019
    2019 Variability in the evalution of pediatric blunt abdominal traumaPediatric Surgery International.  35:479-485. 2019
    2019 Defining Massive Transfusion in Civilian Pediatric Trauma With Traumatic Brain InjuryJournal of Surgical Research.  236:44-50. 2019
    2019 A high ratio of plasma: RBC improves survival in massively transfused injured childrenJournal of Surgical Research.  233:213-220. 2019
    2019 Firearm injuries and children: Position statement of the American pediatric surgical associationPediatrics.  144. 2019
    2018 Enhanced neonatal surgical site infection prediction model utilizing statistically and clinically significant variables in combination with a machine learning algorithm 2018
    2018 Improving imaging strategies in pediatric appendicitis: a quality improvement initiative improving imaging for diagnosing appendicitisJournal of Surgical Research.  230:131-136. 2018
    2018 Comparison of diagnostic imaging modalities for the evaluation of pancreatic duct injury in children: a multi-institutional analysis from the Pancreatic Trauma Study GroupPediatric Surgery International.  34:961-966. 2018
    2018 Systemic Thrombolysis of an Occlusive Aortic Thrombus in a Neonate on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.American Surgeon.  84:e372-e374. 2018
    2018 Systemic thrombolysis of an occlusive aortic thrombus in a neonate on extracorporeal membrane oxygenationAmerican Surgeon.  84:E372-E374. 2018
    2018 External validation of a five-variable clinical prediction rule for identifying children at very low risk for intra-abdominal injury after blunt abdominal traumaJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  85:71-76. 2018
    2018 Low Plasma ADAMTS13 Activity Is Associated with Coagulopathy, Endothelial Cell Damage and Mortality after Severe Paediatric TraumaThrombosis and Haemostasis.  118:676-687. 2018
    2018 Consensus recommendations for rbc transfusion practice in critically Ill children from the pediatric critical care transfusion and Anemia expertise initiativePediatric Critical Care Medicine.  19:884-898. 2018
    2018 Histone-Complexed DNA Fragments Levels are Associated with Coagulopathy, Endothelial Cell Damage, and Increased Mortality after Severe Pediatric TraumaShock.  49:44-52. 2018
    2018 Recommendations on RBC transfusion in critically ill children with nonlife-threatening bleeding or hemorrhagic shock from the pediatric critical care transfusion and Anemia expertise initiativePediatric Critical Care Medicine.  19:S127-S132. 2018
    2018 The utility of ERCP in pediatric pancreatic traumaJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  53:146-151. 2018
    2017 Open versus laparoscopic approach to gastric fundoplication in children with cardiac risk factorsJournal of Surgical Research.  220:52-58. 2017
    2017 Acute procedural interventions after pediatric blunt abdominal trauma: A prospective multicenter evaluationJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  83:597-602. 2017
    2017 Acute procedural interventions after pediatric blunt abdominal trauma: A prospective multicenter evaluation.Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  83:597-602. 2017
    2017 Proposed clinical pathway for nonoperative management of high-grade pediatric pancreatic injuries based on a multicenter analysis: A pediatric trauma society collaborativeJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  83:589-596. 2017
    2017 Proposed clinical pathway for nonoperative management of high-grade pediatric pancreatic injuries based on a multicenter analysis: A pediatric trauma society collaborative.Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  83:589-596. 2017
    2017 Focused assessment with sonography for trauma in children after blunt abdominal trauma: A multi-institutional analysisJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  83:218-224. 2017
    2017 Viscoelastic monitoring in pediatric trauma: a survey of pediatric trauma society membersJournal of Surgical Research.  214:216-220. 2017
    2017 Identifying Children at Very Low Risk for Blunt Intra-Abdominal Injury in Whom CT of the Abdomen Can Be Avoided SafelyJournal of The American College of Surgeons.  224:449-458.e3. 2017
    2017 Utilization of the NSQIP-Pediatric Database in Development and Validation of a New Predictive Model of Pediatric Postoperative Wound ComplicationsJournal of The American College of Surgeons.  224:532-544. 2017
    2017 Massive transfusion in pediatric trauma: analysis of the National Trauma DatabankJournal of Surgical Research.  208:166-172. 2017
    2017 Survey on Robot-Assisted Surgical Techniques Utilization in US Pediatric Surgery Fellowships 2017
    2016 Real-time ultrasonography for placement of central venous catheters in children: A multi-institutional studySurgery.  160:1605-1611. 2016
    2016 Outcome assessment of renal replacement therapy in neonatesJournal of Surgical Research.  204:34-38. 2016
    2016 Risk factors for stricture formation after esophageal atresia repair 2016
    2016 The glycocalyx and trauma: A reviewShock.  45:338-348. 2016
    2015 Surgical wound misclassification: A multicenter evaluationJournal of The American College of Surgeons.  220:323-329. 2015
    2015 Single-incision pediatric endosurgery (SIPES) splenectomy: what dictates the need for additional ports? 2015
    2015 Routine utilization of Single-Incision Pediatric Endosurgery (SIPES): A 5-year institutional experience 2015
    2015 Use of real-time ultrasound during central venous catheter placement: Results of an APSA surveyJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  50:1162-1167. 2015
    2014 Multi-institutional experience with penetrating pancreatic injuries in childrenPediatric Surgery International.  30:1107-1110. 2014
    2014 Coagulopathy after severe pediatric traumaShock.  41:476-490. 2014
    2014 Esophageal button battery ingestions: Decreasing time to operative intervention by level i trauma activationJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  49:1360-1362. 2014
    2014 Extraction of esophageal foreign bodies in children: Rigid versus flexible endoscopyPediatric Surgery International.  30:417-422. 2014
    2014 Utility of immature granulocyte percentage in pediatric appendicitisJournal of Surgical Research.  190:230-234. 2014
    2013 Tracheoesophageal fistula following button battery ingestion: Successful non-operative managementJournal of Pediatric Surgery.  48:441-444. 2013
    2009 Drain use after open cholecystectomy: Is there a justification? 2009
    2009 The validity of EQ-5D US preference weights in liver transplant candidates and recipients 2009
    2009 Correlation of health-related quality of life after liver transplant with the model for end-stage liver disease scoreArchives of Surgery.  144:167-172. 2009
    2008 Profile of health-related quality of life outcomes after liver transplantation: Univariate effects and multivariate models 2008
    2008 The effects of physical quality of life, time, and gender on change in symptoms of anxiety and depression after liver transplantationJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  12:138-144. 2008
    2007 Resection of benign duodenal neoplasmsAmerican Surgeon.  73:1086-1091. 2007
    2007 Surgical management of polycystic liver diseaseWorld Journal of Gastroenterology.  13:5052-5059. 2007
    2007 Incorporating quality of life and patient satisfaction measures into a transplant outcomes assessment program: Technical and practical considerations 2007
    2005 Mucinous cystadenoma of the pancreas associated with acute pancreatitis and concurrent pancreatic pseudocystAmerican Surgeon.  71:292-297. 2005


    Year Title Altmetric
    2016 Organ dysfunction, second malignant neoplasms, and survival.  615-627. 2016
    2014 Peri-operative care of the general pediatric surgical patient.  119-140. 2014
    2013 Distal bowel obstruction: Hirschsprung’s disease.  679-688. 2013

    Education And Training

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Residency
  • Riley Hospital for Children, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina 2003
  • Full Name

  • Robert Russell