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Ricky C. Kue, MD, MPH

Associate Medical Director, Boston EMS

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 Lieutenant Colonel 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.  


Murray B and Kue R.  Emergency lights and sirens by ambulances and their effect on patient outcomes and public safety: a comprehensive review of the literature.  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.  

Kue R.  “Cruise Ship, Airline and Resort Medicine” in EMS Medicine: Physician Practice and Medical Oversight.  Derek Cooney (Ed.), McGraw-Hill Publishing, New York, NY (2016).

Kue R., Dyer K.S., Blansfield J. and Burke P.  In response to "Tourniquet use at the Boston Marathon bombing: Lost in translation.”  Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  2015;79:701-702.

Kue R., Temin E., Weiner S., Gates J., Coleman M., Fisher J. and Dyer K.S.  Tourniquet use in a civilian emergency medical services setting: A descriptive analysis of the Boston EMS experience.  Prehospital Emergency Care.  2015;19:399-404.

Kue R. and Kearney B.  Transitioning to warm zone operations.  Boston EMS makes operational changes after the Boston Marathon Bombing.  Journal of Emergency Medical Services.  Oct 2014 Supplemental: Focus on Active Shooter Incidents and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.

Jones J., Kue R., Mitchell P., Eblan G. and Dyer K.S.  Emergency medical services response to active shooter incidents: provider comfort level and attitudes before and after participation in a focused response training program.  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.  2014; 29:350-357.

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. 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.

Kue R. and Steck A.  Prehospital diagnosis and management of patients with acute stroke.  Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America.  2012;30:617-635.

Kue R. and 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 (2012).

El-Sayed M., Kue R., MacNeil C. and Dyer K.S.  A descriptive analysis of occupational health exposures in an urban emergency medical services system: 2007 – 2009.  Prehospital Emergency Care.  2011;15:506-510.

Kue R., Brown P., Ness C. and Scheulen J.  Adverse clinical events during intra-hospital transport using a specialized transport team: a preliminary report. American Journal of Critical Care.  2011;20:153-162.

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 (2011).

Kue R., Ramstrom E., Weisberg S. and Restuccia M.  Evaluation of an EMS-based social services referral program for elderly adults.  Prehospital Emergency Care.  2009;13:273-279.

Kue R., Cukor J. and Fredrickson A.  Providing student health services at sea: A survey of chief complaints onboard a maritime academy training ship.  Journal of American College Health.  2009;57:457-464.

Kue R., Coyle C., Vaughan E. and Restuccia M.  Perimortem cesarean section in the hospital EMS setting: a case report.  Air Medical Journal 2008; 27:46-47.

Kue R. and Renzi F.  Retrobulbar hemorrhage resulting from syncopal seizures after a dental procedure.  American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2007;25:228-229.

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., Nagle D., Hungerford D. and Frondoza C.  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;50:43-49.

Kue R., Sohrabi A., Nagle D., Frondoza C. and Hungerford D. Enhanced proliferation and osteocalcin production by human osteoblast-like MG63 cells on silicon nitride ceramic discs.  Biomaterials.  1999;20:1195-1201.