Russell Gruen



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Russell Gruen is a general and trauma surgeon at The Alfred, Professor of Surgery and Public Health at Monash University, and Director of the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI). Under Professor Gruen's leadership, the NTRI has developed research programs to improve care of the injured through more effective treatments, higher quality care, and better trauma systems.

Professor Gruen graduated from the University of Melbourne (1992) and completed a PhD on delivery of surgical services to remote communities in Australia as a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Surgeon Scientist and trainee in general surgery. In 2002-2003 he was a Harkness Fellow in Health Policy and a Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard University, during which he focused on medical professionalism and the contributions surgeons have made to quality improvement and public health.

After completing a Fellowship in Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle (2006), Professor Gruen returned to Australia as an active clinician and researcher, first at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne and then, from 2009, at The Alfred and Monash University. In 2010 he was a James IV Association of Surgeons Traveling Fellow, and in 2011 he became only the third surgeon to be awarded an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious RACS John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship.

Professor Gruen has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including many as first author, in leading journals such as The Lancet, JAMA, BMJ, BJS, and Annals of Surgery, with over 1000 citations. He was Series Editor for a Clinical Series on Trauma Surgery published in the Lancet in September 2012. He has received research funding totalling more than $15 million, leads a Centre of Excellence in Traumatic Brain Injury Research for the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, and a 5-year program grant on knowledge translation in traumatic brain injury. He is lead investigator of an NHMRC-funded multicentre trial of pre-hospital tranexamic acid in severely injured patients.

Professor Gruen chairs the Australian Trauma Quality Improvement Program steering committee, co-convenes the Asia Pacific Trauma Quality Improvement Network, and is leading development of a trauma systems knowledge base for the WHO Global Alliance for Care of the Injured. He is a member of the RACS Trauma Committee, the RACS Board of Surgical Research, and is the Australian National Delegate to the International Society of Surgery.

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Research Output

A checklist for trauma quality improvement meetings: A process improvement study

O'Reilly, G. M., Mathew, J., Roy, N., Gupta, A., Joshipura, M., Sharma, N., Mitra, B., Cameron, P. A., Fahey, M., Howard, T., Kumar, V., Jarwani, B., Soni, K. D., Thakor, A., Dharap, S., Patel, P., Jhakal, A., Farrow, N. C., Misra, M. C., Gruen, R. L. & 1 others, Fitzgerald, M. C., 8 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Injury. 6 p.

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Case-mix, care pathways, and outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury in CENTER-TBI: a European prospective, multicentre, longitudinal, cohort study

Steyerberg, E. W., Wiegers, E., Sewalt, C., Buki, A., Citerio, G., De Keyser, V., Ercole, A., Kunzmann, K., Lanyon, L., Lecky, F., Lingsma, H., Manley, G., Nelson, D., Peul, W., Stocchetti, N., von Steinbüchel, N., Vande Vyvere, T., Verheyden, J., Wilson, L., Maas, A. I. R. & 2 others, Menon, D. K. & CENTER-TBI Investigators and Participants, Oct 2019, In : The Lancet Neurology. 18, 10, p. 923-934 12 p.

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9 Citations (Scopus)

Early prediction of acute traumatic coagulopathy: a validation of the COAST score using the German Trauma Registry

Thorn, S., Lefering, R., Maegele, M., Gruen, R. L. & Mitra, B., 29 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. 9 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Establishing a Multicentre Trauma Registry in India: An Evaluation of Data Completeness

Shivasabesan, G., O’Reilly, G. M., Mathew, J., Fitzgerald, M. C., Gupta, A., Roy, N., Joshipura, M., Sharma, N., Cameron, P., Fahey, M., Howard, T., Cheung, Z., Kumar, V., Jarwani, B., Soni, K. D., Patel, P., Thakor, A., Misra, M., Gruen, R. L., Mitra, B. & 1 others, on behalf of the Australia-India Trauma Systems Collaboration (AITSC), 20 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : World Journal of Surgery. 12 p.

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3 Citations (Scopus)