Dr. Russo specializes in complex and reoperative aortic surgery. In addition, as a member of the University of Chicago thoracic organ transplant team, Dr. Russo has participated in more than 300 successful organ transplants. He is also interested in treating high-risk patients with valvular abnormalities, coronary artery disease, and other complex cardiovascular conditions.
A nationally recognized outcomes researcher, Dr. Russo has authored more than 120 published papers, 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 has helped to delineate the appropriate applications of a number of surgical techniques, including ventricular assist devices, heart and lung transplantation, biological composite aortic grafts, and advanced cardiopulmonary perfusion techniques. He serves as an investigator for a number of important clinical trial groups, including the prestigious NHLBI-sponsored Cardiothoracic Surgery Trials Network (CTSN) and the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissections (IRAD). For his efforts, Dr. Russo has received awards from leading professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, European Society of Cardiology, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health