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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address CH19 201 Zip 2041
Phone  (205) 934-9261
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  Integrative Center for Aging Research  Integrative Center for Aging Research Professor Emeritus
Primary  Medicine  Med-Gerontology/Geriatrics/Palliative Care Professor Emeritus

Research/Clinical Interest
Dr. Sims is a board-certified general internist and geriatrician whose research focuses on mobility disorders in older adults, in particular the identification and rehabilitation of impaired older drivers at risk for motor vehicle crashes. He is the Principal Investigator for a Merit Review grant from the VA’s Rehabilitation Research and Development Office, which seeks to test the clinical effectiveness of a speed of visual processing intervention on driving simulator performance. Dr. Sims is a co-investigator on Dr. Richard Allman’s NIA-funded RO-1 study, entitled “Mobility Among Older African Americans and Whites.”

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Sims RV, Owsley C, Allman RM, Ball K, Smoot TM. A Preliminary Assessment of the Medical and Functional Factors Associated with Vehicle Crashes in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc, 46:556-561, 1998.   
McGwin G, Sims RV, Pulley L, Roseman JM: Diabetes and automobile crashes in the elderly. Diabetes Care 22(2):220-227, 1999.   
Owsley C, Allman RM, Gossman M, Kell S, Sims RV, Baker PS. “Mobility impairment and its consequences in the elderly”, in The Gerontological Prism: Developing Interdisciplinary Bridges, Clair JM, Allman RM (eds). Baywood Publishing Co., Inc., Amityville, NY 1999.   
Sims RV, McGwin G, Allman RM, Ball K, Owsley C. An exploratory study of incident vehicle crashes among older drivers. J Geront: Med Sci, 55:M22-7, 2000.   
McGwin G, Sims RV, Pulley L, Roseman JM. The relationships among chronic medical conditions, medications, and automobile crashes in the elderly: a population-based case-control study. Am J Epidemiology, 152:424-31, 2000.   
Ahmed A, Sims RV: Demographic characteristics of US nursing homes and their residents: highlights of the National Nursing Home Survey, 1995. Ann Long-Term Care 8(10): 64-71, 2000.   
Sims RV, McGwin G, Pulley L, Roseman JM. Mobility Impairments in Crash-Involved Older Drivers. J Aging Health, 13:430-8, 2001.   
Lyman JM, McGwin G, Sims RV. Factors related to driving difficulty and habits in older drivers. Acc Anal Prev, 33: 413-21, 2001.   
Ahmed A, Sims RV. Proximal renal tubular acidosis associated with osteomalacia. S Med J, 94: 536-9, 2001.   
Sims RV, Ball K: The Older Adult Driver: in Primary Care Geriatrics, 4th edition, Ham RJ, Sioane PD, Warshaw GA (eds), Mosby, Inc., St. Louis, MO, 2002.