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Christen M. Russo, MD

Expertise in: 
Trauma, Pediatric Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Credentials & Experience

Clinical Expertise

  • Trauma
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery


Education & Training

  • MD, State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine
  • Internship: Brown University - Rhode Island Hospital
  • Residency: State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

About Christen Russo


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.

Academic Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Female