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Ricky C. Kue, MD, MPH

Associate Medical Director, Boston EMS, BPD, BFD

Dr. Ricky C. Kue joined Boston EMS as an Associate Medical Director in December 2009.  Prior to this role, he served as the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Lifeline Ground & Air Critical Care Transport in Baltimore, MD.  At Hopkins, he was also an Attending Emergency Physician and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Kue began his career in emergency medicine as a volunteer EMT-Basic in Ridgewood, Queens prior to medical school.  Originally a New York City native, Dr. Kue attended medical school at The State University of New York in Syracuse and worked as a Senior Paramedic at Rural/Metro Medical Services providing EMS for the City of Syracuse.  He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in EMS and Disaster Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA also earning a Masters in Public Health.  He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and sub-specialty board certified in EMS Medicine.

As a Major in the Unites States Army Reserve, Dr. Kue has deployed to Tikrit, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 and to Camp Buehring, Kuwait as Task Force Flight Surgeon in 2012.  He spends time teaching trauma care and tactical combat casualty care to military residents and medics.  Dr. Kue’s professional focus includes disaster medicine and emergency preparedness.  He is a medical team manager with the MA Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force-1 and medical officer with the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) MA-2.  Locally, Dr. Kue works with the Metro-Boston Region USAR Medics and is the tactical medical director for Boston PD SWAT.  He has completed various training programs such as the FEMA USAR Medical Specialist Course, CONTOMS Medical Director’s Course and CONTOMS EMT-T Provider course, the USAMRIID Chem/Bio Casualty Management Course and the DMRTI Combat Casualty Care Course.  Dr. Kue’s military education includes completion of the Command and General Staff College.

Dr. Kue is currently an Attending Emergency Physician at Boston Medical Center, as well as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine.  


Kue R.  “Cruise Ship, Airline and Resort Medicine” in EMS Medicine: Physician Practice and Medical Oversight.  Derek Cooney (Ed.), McGraw-Hill Publishing. Currently in Press.

Kue R. and K. Sophia Dyer.  Tourniquet Use in a Civilian Emergency Medical Services Setting: A Descriptive Analysis of the Boston EMS Experience.  National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting.  January 2014

Kue R. and K. Sophia Dyer.  The impact of heat waves on transport volumes in an urban emergency medical services system: a retrospective review.  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.  2013;28:1-6.

Biddinger P.D., Baggish A., Harrington L., d’Hemecourt P., Hooley J., Jones J., Kue R., Troyanos C. and Dyer K.S.  Be prepared – The Boston marathon and mass-casualty events.  New England Journal of Medicine, 2013;368:1958-1960.

Kue R, et al. Adverse clinical events during intra-hospital transport using a specialized transport team: a preliminary report. American Journal of Critical Care, submitted September 2009 and currently under revision

Kue R. "Geriatric Emergencies" in Outdoor Emergency Care: Comprehensive Prehospital Care for Nonurban Settings, 5th edition. David H. Johe and the National Ski Patrol (Authors), Jones and Bartlett Publishing, Boston, MA. Currently in press

Kue R, Kelen G. "Blast-induced Traumatic Brain Injury and Polytrauma" in Principles and Practices of Hospitalist Medicine. Sylvia McKean (Ed.), McGraw-Hill Publishing, Burr Ridge, IL. Currently in press

Kue R, et al. Evaluation of an EMS-based social services referral program for elderly adults. Prehospital Emergency Care 2009;13:273-9

Kue R, et al. Providing student health services at sea: A survey of chief complaints onboard a maritime academy training ship. Journal of American College Health 2009;57:457-64

Berman D, Bradshaw-McNulty K, Kue R, Ness C. How is pain measured and reported during patient transport of critically ill patients? 20th Annual Symposium for the Association of Critical Care Nurses. March 2009.

Kue R, et al. Perimortem cesarean section in the hospital EMS setting: a case report. Air Medical Journal 2008;27:46-7

Kue R, et al. Linking the elderly to community social support services utilizing an EMS-based follow-up program. National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting. January 2008

Kue R, Renzi F. Retrobulbar hemorrhage resulting from syncopal seizures after a dental procedure. American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007;25:228-9

Kue R, Restuccia M. Out of hospital rapid sequence intubation by resident flight physicians: how are we doing? National Association of EMS Physicians Annual Meeting. January 2007

Kue R. "Heavy Metals" in The Core Curriculum of Emergency Medicine. Aghababian R. (Ed.), Jones and Bartlett Publishing, Sudbury, MA (2005)

Sohrabi A, Holland C, Kue R, et al. Proinflammatory cytokine expression of IL-1b and TNF-a by human osteoblast-like MG-63 cells upon exposure to silicon nitride in vitro." Journal of Biomedical Materials Research 2000;50:43-9

Kue R, et al. Enhanced proliferation and osteocalcin production by human osteoblast-like MG63 cells on silicon nitride ceramic discs. Biomaterials 1999;20:1195-1201