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Christen M. Russo, MD

Christen M. Russo, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center

Assistant Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


Office: 718-246-8700


Dr. Russo will be seeing patients in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Spine & Arthritis Center of New York Methodist Hospital – located at 263 Seventh Avenue, Brookly, NY 11215 – contact 718.246.8700 for appointments & information.


Dr. Christen Russo specializes in the nonoperative and operative care of pediatric orthopaedic patients, from pre-natal to adolescent care and consultation. She has particular interest in clubfoot and other foot deformities, congenital hip dysplasia and pediatric trauma. Dr. Russo approaches care holistically, recognizing that pediatric patients are not just little adults and have different needs based on their unique family, education and athletic dispositions. She promotes a commitment to education – so that at the end of the visit, parents and patients are comfortable and understand the pathology and treatment plans.

Dr. Russo is a Brooklyn, New York native, graduating Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School at the turn of the millennium. She completed her B.A. in English Literature & Literary History from Georgetown University in 2003, while serving as a student athletic trainer for their prestigious Division I athletics program. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York – Downstate. Dr. Russo completed an internship in general surgery at Brown University, and returned to SUNY Downstate for her residency in orthopedic surgery.

After completing residency, Dr. Russo pursued a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, part of the Columbia University Medical Center. She learned and participated in cutting edge techniques in modern pediatric orthopaedics, completed research in the field of growing spine instrumentation, and designed and built custom halo traction equipment.

During her clinical fellowship, she became particularly interested in quality improvement in orthopaedics. She has continued doing work in the quality realm as an attending physician via the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and through performance improvement projects with the residents. 

Dr. Russo resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her husband, Michael, who is also a physician, and their daughter. An avid foodie, she enjoys both cooking and visiting the New York restaurant scene. She balances her lifestyle as an avid runner and weight lifter. 



Education

2003Bachelor of Arts, English Literature & Literary History, magna cum laude
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
2008Doctor of Medicine with Honors for Distinction in Research
State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Postdoctoral Training

2008 - 2009Intern, General Surgery
Brown University/Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Providence, RI
2010 - 2014Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
SUNY – Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
2014 - 2015Fellow, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center

Licensure

  • 2014   New York
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