Dr. Rutherford graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001 and went to Ventura County Medical Center in California for his Family Practice internship and residency.
He served as faculty in the Stanislaus Family Practice Residency where he practiced and supervised residents in outpatient family medicine, obstetrical deliveries, and inpatient/intensive care. Dr. Rutherford returned to VCMC in 2006 to practice emergency and critical care medicine. He has 10 years of emergency room experience and currently works as an attending physician in the department of Emergency Medicine at Ventura County Medical Center. Dr. Rutherford is co-president of Hospital Procedures Consultants, a company that provides simulation based training for physicians and midlevel providers interested in learning hospital based procedures. He is also medical director of quality for Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital, and focuses on care improvements for sepsis, hospital acquired conditions, reducing patient safety events and improving patient experience.
His professional skills include a variety of emergency and intensive care procedures including fracture/dislocation reduction, airway management, chest thoracostomy and thoracentesis, vascular access, lumbar puncture, point of care ultrasound use and procedural sedation. His awards include the Theodore Phillips Award for Excellence in Family Medicine, the Resident Teaching Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Stanislaus Family Practice Residency Outstanding Faculty Award and the Ventura County Outstanding Resident Teacher Award.