Dr. Russo is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery; the Director of Structural Heart Disease; and Associate Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
An internationally known expert in the treatment of heart valve disease, Dr. Russo specializes in complex and reoperative aortic and valvular surgery. To achieve the best possible patient outcomes, Dr. Russo uses leading-edge technologies, including minimally invasive, endovascular, and hybrid approaches; transcatheter valve replacement (including TAVR and Mitraclip); valve-sparing procedures; and advanced cardio-pulmonary perfusion techniques.
Dr. Russo is one of the most experienced trans-catheter valve surgeons in the U.S. He has taught these novel procedures to hundreds of other physicians throughout the world. Dr. Russo is also an experienced heart transplant surgeon, participating in over 500 successful organ transplants.
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For his work, Dr. Russo has received awards from leading professional organizations, including:
Dr. Russo was the 2nd recipient of the President's Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the largest organization of thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons in the world. In addition, he has been named a Healthcare Hero by Horizon Blue Cross and a Finalist for New Jersey Physician of the Year by NJBIZ.
Dr. Russo is a Diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS). He is a member of the STS and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), and he is one of only 65 surgeons in the world with membership in the prestigious 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society (21CCSS).
Dr. Russo has coauthored more than 200 published manuscripts, abstracts, and textbook chapters focused on improving health care quality, outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease. Specific areas of interest include the adoption and diffusion of new novel cardiac therapies, large dataset analysis, the application of artificial intelligence in clinical decision making, and the development of less invasive therapies and rapid recovery strategies.
Dr. Russo holds leadership roles for multiple national and inter-national clinical trials. The findings of his work have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the Journals of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Circulation, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and reported by major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, and Newsweek.
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Dr. Russo is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and received an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Rochester--he was Captain of the Varsity Baseball team and served as Commencement Marshall as the member of the graduating class whom “most embodies the ideals of the College.” He later obtained a Master's in outcomes research from Dartmouth Medical School. He earned his Medical Doctorate from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he received the Deans Awards "in recognition of remarkable intelligence and exceptional patient care abilities, and thereby promise for the future of medicine." He completed residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he was awarded the Blakemore Prize for "best body of research by a graduating resident." He also completed Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships at Columbia University and the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Previously, he was Assistant Attending-in-Cardiothoracic-Surgery at New York/ Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia. Most recently, he was Co-Director of the Aortic Center, Director of Cardiac Surgery Research, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.