Positions

Overview

  • A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Reiff received his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed his medical education at the Georgetown University in 1996. Thereafter, he completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2002. He went on to complete a fellowship in Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care at UAB in 2003. He accepted a faculty position after completion of his fellowship at the in the UAB Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, and he was promoted to the rank of professor in 2013. Dr. Reiff has served as the medical director of the Trauma/Burns ICU from 2005 through 2015 and as the Trauma Fellowship Program director from 2006 to 2014. He was the director of undergraduate surgical education for the UAB School of Medicine and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. Dr. Reiff has served as the medical director for the Physician Assistant School since 2008. He was appointed as a quality medical officer in 2013 and thereafter promoted to assistant chief medical officer with a focus on management over the critical care operations for UAB Hospital.

    Using acidic fibroblast factor, Dr. Reiff and his research team were able to induce stem cell differentiation into an osteoblastic lineage and enhance repair of non-union fractures in a rat model. Investigation of motor vehicle collision kinematics and resulting injury patterns to create safer vehicles and predict injuries in an effort to better streamline patients to the appropriate level of care.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Use of extracorporeal membranous oxygenation in the management of refractory trauma-related severe acute respiratory distress syndrome: A national survey of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of TraumaTrauma Surgery and Acute Care Open.  4. 2019
    2017 Echocardiographic correlates are associated with in-hospital mortality in trauma and burn patientsAmerican Journal of Surgery.  214:798-803. 2017
    2015 Detailed description of all deaths in both the shock and traumatic brain injury hypertonic saline trials of the resuscitation outcomes consortiumAnnals of Surgery.  261:586-590. 2015
    2015 Use of a bundle checklist combined with physician confirmation reduces risk of nosocomial complications and death in trauma patients compared to documented checklist use aloneAnnals of Surgery.  262:647-652. 2015
    2014 A 100% departmental mortality review improves observed-to-expected mortality ratios and University HealthSystem Consortium rankingsJournal of The American College of Surgeons.  218:554-562. 2014
    2013 Effectiveness of an early mobilization protocol in a trauma and burns intensive care unit: A retrospective cohort studyPhysical Therapy.  93:186-196. 2013
    2012 Association between side-impact airbag deployment and risk of injury: A matched cohort study using the CIREN and the NASS-CDSJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  73:914-918. 2012
    2010 Duration of red cell storage influences mortality after traumaJournal of Trauma.  69:1427-1432. 2010
    2010 Prospective implementation of an algorithm for bedside intravascular ultrasound-guided filter placement in critically ill patientsJournal of Vascular Surgery.  51:1215-1221. 2010
    2009 Management of colon wounds in the setting of damage control laparotomy: a cautionary tale.Journal of Trauma.  67:929-935. 2009
    2009 Body mass index affects time to definitive closure after damage control surgery.Journal of Trauma.  66:1683-1687. 2009
    2009 Traumatic brain injury is associated with the development of deep vein thrombosis independent of pharmacological prophylaxis.Journal of Trauma.  66:1436-1440. 2009
    2009 The relationship of blood product ratio to mortality: Survival benefit or survival bias?Journal of Trauma.  66:358-362. 2009
    2009 The relationship of blood product ratio to mortality: survival benefit or survival bias?Journal of Trauma.  66. 2009
    2009 Traumatic brain injury is associated with the development of deep vein thrombosis independent of pharmacological prophylaxisJournal of Trauma.  66:1436-1440. 2009
    2008 Transfusions in the less severely injured: Does age of transfused blood affect outcomes?Journal of Trauma.  65:794-798. 2008
    2008 Transfusions in the less severely injured: does age of transfused blood affect outcomes?Journal of Trauma.  65:794-798. 2008
    2008 Age of transfused blood: an independent predictor of mortality despite universal leukoreduction.Journal of Trauma.  65. 2008
    2008 Closing the open abdomen: Improved success with wittmann patch staged abdominal closureJournal of Trauma.  65:345-348. 2008
    2007 Risk factors associated with adrenal insufficiency in severely injured burn patientsJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation.  28:854-858. 2007
    2007 Body mass index affects the need for and the duration of mechanical ventilation after thoracic traumaJournal of Trauma.  62:1432-1435. 2007
    2007 Body mass index affects the need for and the duration of mechanical ventilation after thoracic trauma.Journal of Trauma.  62:1432-1435. 2007
    2004 The association between body mass index and diaphragm injury among motor vehicle collision occupantsJournal of Trauma.  57:1324-1328. 2004
    2004 Specific Occupant and Collision Characteristics Are Associated with Motor Vehicle Collision-Related Blunt Cerebrovascular Artery InjuryJournal of Trauma.  56:64-67. 2004
    2002 Identifying injuries and motor vehicle collision characteristics that together are suggestive of diaphragmatic ruptureJournal of Trauma Injury Infection and Critical Care.  53:1139-1145. 2002
    2002 Gender differences in mortality following burn injuryShock.  18:311-315. 2002
    2002 Incidence and characteristics of motor vehicle collision-related blunt thoracic aortic injury according to ageJournal of Trauma.  52:859-866. 2002
    2002 Injury rates among restrained drivers in motor vehicle collisions; the role of body habitusJournal of Trauma.  52:1116-1120. 2002
    2001 Acidic fibroblast growth factor attenuates the cytotoxic effects of peroxynitrite in primary human osteoblast precursorsJournal of Trauma Injury Infection and Critical Care.  50:433-439. 2001
    2001 Acidic fibroblast growth factor signaling inhibits peroxynitrite-induced death of osteoblasts and osteoblast precursorsJournal of Bone and Mineral Research.  16:1917-1925. 2001
    2001 Recurrent trauma in elderly patientsArchives of Surgery -New York-.  136:197-203. 2001
    2001 Splenic injury in side impact motor vehicle collisions: effect of occupant restraintsJournal of Trauma.  51:340-345. 2001
    2001 The association between body habitus, restraint use, and fatality in motor vehicle collisions.Annual proceedings / Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine. Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine.  45:107-123. 2001

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, Georgetown University 1996
  • UAB Hospital, Internship 1997
  • UAB Hospital, Residency 2003
  • UAB Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2004
  • Full Name

  • Donald Reiff