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; valve-sparing aortic procedures; and advanced cardio-pulmonary perfusion techniques.
Dr. Russo is one of the most experienced transcatheter 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.
For his work, Dr. Russo has received awards from leading professional organizations, including:
Dr. Russo was the 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; a Finalist for New Jersey Physician of the Year by NJBIZ; and one of America’s “Best in Medicine” by the American Health Council.
Dr. Russo has authored more than 200 published manuscripts, abstracts, and textbook chapters focused on improving health care quality and clinical outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease. His work has helped define the most appropriate applications of several novel surgical and transcatheter techniques, including TAVR, hybrid aortic surgery, ventricular assist devices, heart and lung transplantation, and advanced cardiopulmonary perfusion.
Dr. Russo holds leadership roles for multiple national and international clinical trials. The findings of his work have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journals of the American Medical Association, Circulation, and JACC. and have been reported by major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, and Newsweek.
Dr. Russo is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and received an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Rochester. 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. He completed residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. 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 Assistant Professor of Surgery, Co-Director of the Aortic Center, and Director of Cardiac Surgery Research at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Russo is a Diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and he is one of 65 surgeons in the world with membership in the prestigious 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society.
Dr. Russo performs the full range of cardiac surgery including