Dr. Russo received his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine. He went on to complete his residency at Scripps Clinic in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiovascular disease. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease and has been a member of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease at Scripps Clinic for more than 20 years.
Dr. Russo’s philosophy of clinical care places the highest priority on patient education and individualized care. Taking the time to ensure that every patient understands their disease process and how lifestyle modifications can alter the course of cardiovascular disease is the primary goal of his practice while incorporating the latest research and national treatment guidelines.
Dr. Russo enjoys a national and international reputation for expertise in intravascular imaging, cardiac MRI, and MRI in patients with an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator.
He is passionately committed to medical education and clinical research. He was a Fellow and Board Member of the Hewitt Medical Research Foundation, is presently an Adjunct Professor in Molecular and Experimental Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute, and a former Skaggs Scholar for Translational Medicine. His academic record includes 30 peer-reviewed publications, 75 scientific abstracts, a book, and 200 invited academic lectures.