Mark J. Russo, MD, MS, is a cardiovascular surgeon at the Barnabas Heart Hospital. He serves as Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases; Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery Research; and Staff Surgeon at the Harvey and Georgina Weinstein National Heart and Lung Transplant Center. Dr. Russo performs surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. He specializes in complex and re-operative 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 cardiopulmonary perfusion techniques. Dr. Russo is also an experienced heart and lung transplant surgeon, participating in over 500 successful organ transplants.
Dr. Russo performed the first post-FDA approval transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in Chicago; performed the first non-surgical mitral valve replacement in New Jersey; and was among the first surgeons in the U.S. to be certified to perform TAVR transapically. As a result of his large TAVR experience, he is often invited to instruct other physicians on the TAVR procedure.
A nationally-recognized outcomes researcher, Dr. Russo has authored more than 130 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 techniques, including hybrid aortic surgery, ventricular assist devices, heart and lung transplantation, and advanced cardiopulmonary perfusion. 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 prestigious NIH-sponsored Cardiothoracic Surgery Trials Network (CTSN), the PARTNER II trial, 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 recipient of the 2nd Annual President's Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the largest organization of thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons in the world.
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 and Co-Director of the Aortic Center at the University of Chicago. Dr. Russo is a Diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Internship and Residency
General Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, New York
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, New York
Columbia University Medical Center, New York
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Additional Graduate Degree
Masters of Science, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Office Postal Address
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
201 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
Articles about Dr. Russo
Dr. Russo receives the Presidents Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Dr. Russo receives 2012 Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Research Award
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