Mark J. Russo, MD, MS, an internationally known expert on heart valve disease,
is attending cardiac surgeon at the Barnabas Heart Hospital at Newark
Beth Israel and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He serves as Director of
the Center for Aortic Diseases, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Research,
and Director of Structural Heart Disease. Dr. Russo is also 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, he 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 also an experienced
heart transplant surgeon, participating in over 500 successful organ transplants.
Dr. Russo has a special interest in aortic stenosis; he is one of the most
experienced transcatheter valve surgeons in the U.S. He has taught these
novel procedures to hundreds of other physicians. He is a Principle Investigator
and Co-Chair of the Case Review Board for the landmark PARTNER 3 trial.
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 presented his
research internationally at nearly every major meeting focused on heart
disease, and the findings of his work have been reported by major media
outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News, MSNBC,
U.S. News & World Report, and Newsweek. Dr. Russo serves as an investigator
for the PARNTER 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. In 2016, Dr. Russo
was selected as a Healthcare Hero by NJBIZ for his innovative approaches
to cardiac care. 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 New York City. He completed
residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia
University Medical Center. 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. 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.