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  • At A Glance
  • Education & Publications
  • Bio

    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.

    Clinical Expertise


    Clinical Interests

    Aortic Surgery - Aorta Surgery; Aortic Dissection; Complex Aorta Surgery; Valve Sparing Roots, Heart Surgery for Marfan Syndrome; Aortic Root Aneurysms; Ascending Aortic Aneurysms; Aortic Arch Aneurysms; Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms; Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysms; Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms; Aortic Dissections, including Type A Dissections and Type B Dissections; Native Aortic and Prosthetic Graft Infections, including Endocarditis; Congenital, Aortic Disease, such as Marfan's syndrome and Loeys Dietz; Valve Surgery - Aortic Valve Repair; Aortic Valve Replacement; Aortic Valve; Reoperatve Heart Valve Surgery; High Risk Mitral Valve Surgery; Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair; Endovascular and Hybrid Aortic Surgery Transcatheter Valve Surgery; Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery - Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair; Mitral Valve Replacement; Mitral Valve Surgery; Coronary Artery Surgery - Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts; Bypass Surgery; Surgery; Arterial Coronary Artery Surgery; Coronary Artery Reoperation; Off Pump Bypass Surgery; Off Pump Heart Surgery; Transplant Surgery - Heart and Lung, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Surgery

  • Medical School

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, NY


    New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University, NY, NY


    New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University, NY, NY


    New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University, NY, NY


    Title: Outcomes following emergent open repair for thoracic aortic dissection are improved at higher volume centers in direct admissions and transfers
    Authors: Merlo AE, Chauhan D, Pettit C, Hong KN, Saunders CR, Chen C, Russo MJ
    Publisher: J Cardiothorac Surg
    Date: 2016 Aug 2
    Issue: 11(1):118
    Description: doi: 10.1186/s13019-016-0529-5
    Title: Evidence supports severe renal insufficiency as a relative contraindication to heart transplantation
    Authors: Hong KN, Merlo A, Chauhan D, Davies RR, Iribarne A, Johnson E, Jeevanandam V, Russo MJ
    Publisher: J Heart Lung Transplant
    Date: 2016 Jul
    Issue: 35(7):893-900
    Description: doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2016.02.003. Epub 2016 Mar 11
    Title: Successful Management of Thrombosis of the Proximal Aorta after Implantation with a Biventricular Assist Device
    Authors: Russo MJ, Gidea C, Karanam R, Baran DA, Saunders CR, Zucker MJ, Camacho MT
    Publisher: J Extra Corpor Technol
    Date: 2014 Dec
    Issue: 46(4):310-3
    Title: The impact of age and severity of comorbid illness on outcomes after isolated aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis
    Authors: Russo MJ, Iribarne A, Chen E, Karanam A, Pettit C, Barili F, Shah AP, Saunders CR
    Publisher: Risk Manag Healthc Policy
    Date: 2015 May 20
    Issue: 8:91-7
    Title: Costs associated with health care-associated infections in cardiac surgery
    Authors: Greco G, Shi W, Michler RE, Meltzer DO, Ailawadi G, Hohmann SF, Thourani VH, Argenziano M, Alexander JH, Sankovic K, Gupta L, Blackstone EH, Acker MA, Russo MJ, Lee A, Burks SG, Gelijns AC, Bagiella E, Moskowitz AJ, Gardner TJ
    Publisher: J Am Coll Cardiol
    Date: 2015 Jan 6
    Issue: 65(1):15-23
    Title: The arrowhead ministernotomy with rigid sternal plate fixation: a minimally invasive approach for surgery of the ascending aorta and aortic root
    Authors: Russo MJ, Gnezda J, Merlo A, Johnson EM, Hashmi M, Raman J
    Publisher: Minim Invasive Surg
    Date: 2014
    Title: Outcomes following emergent open repair for thoracic aortic dissection are improved at higher volume centers
    Authors: Iribarne A, Milner R, Merlo AE, Singh A, Saunders CR, Russo MJ
    Publisher: J Card Surg
    Date: 2015 Jan
    Issue: 30(1):74-9
    Title: Development of Mega-Aorta Following Incompletely Treated Giant Cell Arteritis
    Authors: Eton D, Shah A, Dill K, Russo MJ
    Publisher: Aorta
    Date: August 2014
    Issue: Volume 2, Issue 4: 147–151
    Title: Modified HeartMate II Drline Externalization Technique Significantly Decreases Incidence of Infection and Improves Long-Term Survival
    Authors: Singh A, Russo MJ, Valeroso TB, Anderson AS, Rich J, Jeevanandam V, Akhter SA
    Publisher: ASIAO
    Date: July 2014
    Title: Outcomes Following Emergent Open Repair for Thoracic Aortic Dissection are Improved at Higher Volume Centers
    Authors: Iribarne A, Milner R; Merlo AE; Singh A, Saunders CR, Russo MJ
    Publisher: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
    Date: 2012
    Description: Aortic Symposium, New York, NY
    Title: The impact of age and severity of comorbid illness on outcomes after isolated aortic valve replacement for aortic stenosis
    Authors: Russo MJ, Iribarne A, Barili F, Karanam A, Merlo AE; Pettit C; Shah AP, Saunders CR
    Publisher: Risk Management and Healthcare Policy