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Mark J. Russo, MD, MS, Joins Cardiothoracic Surgery Team at Barnabas Health Heart Centers


Mark J. Russo, MD, MS, has joined Barnabas Health Heart Centers’ cardiothoracic surgery team and serves as Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Research. Dr. Russo performs surgery at the Barnabas Health Heart Centers at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.

Barnabas Health’s accomplished team of adult and pediatric heart surgeons provide the entire spectrum of interventions available for cardiac disease, including coronary artery bypass and valve repair, mechanical circulatory support, endovascular and hybrid surgery, congenital defect repair, as well as heart and lung transplantation.

Dr. Russo specializes in complex aortic surgery using minimally invasive approaches and advanced cardiopulmonary perfusion techniques to improve patient outcomes. He has extensive experience in endovascular therapies, including aortic aneurysm endografting and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), valve-sparing aortic procedures and complex reoperative aortic surgery. In his previous position as Co-Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases at University of Chicago, Illinois, Dr Russo performed several firsts, including the first post-FDA-approval TAVR in Chicago and the first totally percutaneous treatment for aortic insufficiency in patients with ventricular assist devices.

Dr. Russo has participated in over 400 successful organ transplants and joins the thoracic organ transplant team in the newly established Harvey and Georgina Weinstein National Heart Transplant Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The heart transplant program is the third largest in the nation and is well known for its successful long-term patient survival. The lung transplant program at Newark Beth Israel is the only one in New Jersey.

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Russo is a nationally recognized outcomes researcher. His work helps surgeons determine the most appropriate applications of several surgical techniques, including hybrid aortic surgery, ventricular assist devices, heart and lung transplantation, and the most advanced techniques in the use of heart/lung machines. Dr. Russo has authored more than 130 published manuscripts, abstracts and textbook chapters on improving health care quality and clinical outcomes for people with cardiovascular disease. He has presented his research at dozens of international cardiac conferences and his work has been reported in major media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News, MSNBC and U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Russo has received awards from numerous leading professional organizations – American Heart Association, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, European Society of Cardiology, Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. In 2012, Dr. Russo received the President’s Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the largest organization of thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons in the world.

Dr. Russo is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He received a Master’s of Science degree from Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire. and his Medical Doctorate from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. He pursued Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in He completed residencies in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, as well as a fellowship in Adult Cardiac Surgery, at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Date: January 3, 2013

Contact: Caren Malone
Public Relations Department
Barnabas Health

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