Mark J. Russo, MD, MS, is an attending cardiac surgeon, Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases, Director of Structural Heart and Valvular Disease, and Director of Valve Research Center at RWJBarnabas Health. He is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. 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 (TAVR); valve-sparing aortic procedures; and advanced cardiopulmonary perfusion techniques. Dr. Russo is among the most experienced transcatheter valve surgeons in the U.S. He has taught these novel procedures to hundreds of other physicians. Dr. Russo is also an experienced transplant surgeon, participating in over 400 successful organ transplants. Dr. Russo has authored more than 150 published manuscripts, abstracts, and textbook chapters focused on improving health care quality and clinical outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease. He has been invited to present his work internationally, and the findings of his research 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 has served as an investigator for the prestigious NIH-sponsored Cardiothoracic Surgery Trials Network (CTSN), the PARNTER II trials, and the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissections (IRAD). For his work, Dr. Russo has received awards from leading professional organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA), Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA), European Society of Cardiology (ESC), Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education (TSFRE), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2012, Dr. Russo was the 2nd recipient of the annual President's Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the largest organization of thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons in the world. He was recognized as a NJBIZ Healthcare Hero and nominated for Physician of the Year in New Jersey. Dr. Russo is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. 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 the Bronx, New York. He completed residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY. He also completed Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Previously, he was Assistant-Attending-in-Cardiothoracic-Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia in New York, NY. Most recently, he was Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director of Cardiac Surgery Research, and Co-Director of the Aortic Center at the University of Chicago. Dr. Russo is a Diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
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