Meet Michael Russo, M.D. - Bariatric Surgeon
As a board certified and fellowship-trained bariatric, gastroesophageal and general surgeon, Dr. Michael Russo specializes in minimally-invasive and robotic techniques to provide his patients with the best possible results. Dr. Russo earned his medical degree from the University Of Toledo College Of Medicine, and then completed a surgical internship, surgical research fellowship, and five-year general surgical residency at the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine, serving as chief resident in the final year. He continued his education with advanced training in Bariatric, Minimally Invasive, and robotic surgery in the prestigious fellowship program at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, where he was also a faculty surgeon.
Recognized as a leader in his field, Dr. Russo served as an assistant professor and director of the Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas (SCMIS), a state-of-the-art education and simulation facility.
Dr. Russo’s main research interests involved enhancing surgical education and developing advanced medical education technologies. He has published several journal articles and holds a patent for an augmented-reality telementoring (ART) platform that enables medical professors to interactively teach laparoscopic surgery to up-and-coming physicians.
Dr. Russo is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Association for Surgical Education, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He also serves on numerous leadership committees within these groups, which are the most prominent surgical organizations in the country for his specialties.
In addition to his extensive education, Dr. Russo has also earned numerous awards and honors, including placing first, second, and fourth, respectively, in the 2012, 2011, and 2010 SAGES Top Gun Laparoscopic Skills Shootouts. He also achieved a first-place finish in the 2010 ASMBS Bariatric Skills Acquisition Center Competition.
Dr. Russo recently joined the surgical associates at Smart Dimensions to serve the Orange County and Los Angeles communities and be closer to family and friends. He and his wife, Jennifer have one child, a daughter, in August of 2015. Together, they enjoy hiking, tennis, and golf in their spare time. Dr. Russo is currently accepting new patients and is dedicated to helping them obtain a better quality of life by addressing their long-term health issues.