Scott Russo M.D. specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and orthopaedic fracture care.

He is accomplished in all areas of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal surgeries, including trauma, tumors, degenerative conditions, scoliosis and herniated discs.

Curriculum Vitae: Scott S. Russo, M.D.

Education

Undergraduate:

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B.S., Chemistry, Graduated with Honors 1979
Medical:
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI M.D., 1984

Training

Internship:
Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Categorical Internship
7/84 – 6/85

Residency:
Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Residency Program, Grand Rapids, MI

Orthopaedic Surgery
6/85 – 6/89

Fellowship:
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
8/89 – 7/90

Honors and Awards

Elected by peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America from 1996 – 2002 and 2007 – 2009.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Spectrum Health System, Grand Rapids, MI
  • St. Mary’s Mercy Medical Center, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Certification and Licensure
  • Michigan Board of Medicine License, Expires 12-31-22
  • DEA License, Expires 4-30-13
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Recertified through 2022

Professional Appointments

Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, St. Mary’s Hospital

Post Graduate Training
  • Physicians in Management, Part I, 1993; Part II, 1994
  • CD Horizon Solera Surgical Assessment Training- 2010
  • MAST DLIF Course- Medtronic 2010
  • Emerging Trends and Advanced Techniques in Spinal Surgery 2008
  • Artificial Disc Replacement-Depuy Spine
  • Kyphoplasty- Kyphon Inflatable Bone Tamp Technology Course, 2003
  • Vertebroplasty, 2001
  • Physicians In Management, Part I: 1993; Part II: 1994
  • International Symposium on Implant Surgery for the Hand and Upper Extremity: A. Swanson, M.D.,
  • September 1985-1989
  • A.O. Basic Course, Toronto, 1988
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic International Seminar: M Tachdjian, M.D., May 1987
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, Grand Rapids, MI, December 1987
  • Lower and Upper Limb Prosthetics for Physicians and Surgeons, Northwestern University, May 1986
  • Orthopaedic Pathology Review: H. Schwamm, M.D., June 1986
  • A.O. Residents Course, Chicago, IL, September 1986

Clinical Faculty Appointments

  • Lecturer, Grand Valley State University Physical Therapy Department 1998 – Present
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
    Department of Surgery July 1993 – Present
  • Instructor, Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Residency Program
    1990 – Present
  • Clinical Faculty, Coordinator of Spine Rotation, Grand
    Rapids Orthopaedic Residency Program 1990-Present
  • Faculty Member, Medtronic

Work History

  • Washington Square Orthopaedics 1990-1992
  • Spine Center of West Michigan 1992-2000
  • Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists 2000-2005
  • Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan 2005-Present

Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Michigan Orthopaedic Society
  • Michigan State Medical Society
  • Kent County Medical Society
  • American Spinal Injury Association
  • AO Spine
  • North American Spine Society

Presentations/Publications

  • Russo, S., et al: The Aging Spine. May 8, 2012. Presented on behalf of Spectrum Health Orthopaedic
    Community Seminars.
  • Russo, S., et al: Diagnosis and Management of Cervical Disc Degeneration, Herniation and Myelopathy.
    January 2011. Presented on behalf of Kent County Medical Society and Grand Rapids Medical Education
    Partners.
  • Russo, S., et al: Your Twisting Spine, Spinal Deformity Treatment in the 21st Century. September 2010.
    Presenter for Orthopaedic Community Seminar Series with Spectrum Health.
  • “Let’s Talk Bones and Joints,” Lumbar Disc Replacement. Scott Russo M.D.; Randy B. Russo, M.D.; and
    John D. Maskill M.D. Sponsored by West Michigan Rehabilitation Insurance Nurses Council, Grand Rapids,
    MI May 13, 2010.
  • Russo, S., et al: Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Anatomy. January 12, 2010. Presented to residents for River
    Valley Orthopaedics.
  • Russo, S., et al: Metastatic Spinal Tumors. January 2009. Presented to Residents at Grand Rapids
    Residency Program.
  • Russo, S., et al: Evaluation of Traumatic Spine Patients. July 2009. Presented to Residents at Grand Rapids
    Residency Program.
  • Russo, S., et al: Cervical Spine Anatomy. December 8, 2009. Presented to residents for River Valley
    Orthopaedics.
  • Russo, S., et al: Neurosurgery. April 30, 2008. Presented to Surgery Grand Rounds for Grand Rapids
    Medical Education and Research Center.
  • Russo, S., et al: Current Perspectives on Congenital Scoliosis. January 16, 2008. Guest Lecturer to Grand
    Rapids Orthopaedic Residency Program.
  • Russo, S., et al: Spine Trauma from Scene to Surgery. September 20, 2007. Guest lecturer to Emergency
    Medicine Residency Program.
  • Atlantoaxial Dislocation in a Child Secondary to a Displaced Chondrum Terminal. John Hammerstein, M.D.,
    Scott Russo, M.D., and Kenneth Easton, M.D. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American). 2007:
    89:413-417
  • Russo, S., et al: Pediatric Low Back Pain. June 2006. Presented at Pediatric Grand Rounds at DeVos
    Childrens Hospital.
  • Russo, S., et al: Management of Fixed Sagittal Plane Imbalance. June 2005. Presented at Grand Rapids
    Orthopaedic Residency Program.
  • Russo, S., et al: Spinal Cord Injury. October 2005. Presented to Emergency Nurses Association.
  • Russo, S., et al: Back Pain in Children. May 2003. Presented to Residents at DeVos Childrens Hospital
  • Anterior Multi-segmental Spinal Instrumentation and Arthrodesis for the treatment of Thoracolumbar and
    Lumbar Scoliosis. Scott S. Russo, M.D. James R. Stubbart, M.D. and Teri L. Holwerda, MSN, RN, ONC.
    Presented at the Michigan Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, 1998.
  • Russo, S., et al: Early Unbraced Ambulation following Harrington Distraction Instrumentation and Spinous
    Wiring in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Presented at the 1990 Orthopaedic Research Day, Springfield,
    Illinois University
  • Russo, S., et al: Early Unbraced Ambulation following Harrington Distraction Instrumentation and Spinous
    Wiring in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Presented at the 1994 Michigan Orthopaedic Society Meeting,
    Mackinaw Island, Michigan
  • Russo, S., et al: Sudden Death Resulting from Chicken Bone Perforation of the Esophagus. AM J Forensic
    Med PAthol 1986; 7(3): 263-5
  • Russo, S., et al: Scald Burns Complicated by Isopropyl Alcohol Intoxication. Am J Forensic Med Pathol
    1986; 7 (1): 81-3
  • Russo, S., et al: Hip Fracture Mortality, 1984-1997. Presented at the 1985 Grand Rapids Area Medical
    Education Research Day.
  • Russo, S., et al: Atlanto-Axial Subluxation and Cervical Osteomyelitis in a Neonate with Retropharyngeal
    Abscess. Presented at the 1985 Grand Rapids Area Medical Education Research Day and awarded first place.
    References available upon request.