Professional Biographies

James Russo, DO

Primary Specialty: Adult / Internal Medicine

Years With Optum: 24

Average Star Rating:

(104 patient ratings)

  • Undergrad School:

    BA Biological Sciences, Oakland University, Michigan

  • Graduate School:

    MS Botany and Plant Pathology, Michigan State University

  • Medical School:

    DO, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Internships:

    Lansing General Hospital, Michigan

  • Residency:

    Michigan State University - Lansing General Hospital

Special Interests:

Adult primary care

Previous Employment:

Columbia Healthcare

FHP of New Mexico/Talbert Medical Group

The Toledo Hospital Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, Ohio


American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine


American Osteopathic Association

New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association


I have been in primary care adult medicine for 30+ years.  I like being able to connect with people in this close setting.  It is a privilege to be in a place where people will open up about the things they would never say to anyone else, and to feel that I can really make a difference for them.  My patients have said that they feel listened to.  My collegues have said that I am detailed and a good diagnostician.

I think of myself as a translator.  I am able to translate medical language into English.  I have found that people can understand even relatively complex medical issues if the explanation is provided without using medical jargon.  I like to educate patients so that they can more fully participate in making health care decisions.  I also focus on preventative care.

Besides medicine, I am also a naturalist with training in botany, ornithology, entomology, and other disciplines.  I have been married for over 30 years to a wonderful physical therapist I met when I was a young resident.  We have three daughters and live in the mountains, surrounded by junipers and pinon pine.  I also play piano and am active in my local church.

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Professional compassionate and incredibly knowledgeable.


For me, excellent, but you do not take other people that were with you already. Very very disappointed in OPTUM about RAYMOND TAFOYA.


Because James Russo Do explains every question that I ask him in a way that I understand.


Very knowledgeable, well mannered and complete in his accessment of my medical condition.


Gave excellent care tho I'm not his regular patient


Best Dr.


He goes over your complete medical history, and recommends any additional specialists you may need to see.


Has been extremely thorough and yet a pleasure to deal with him. Good explanation of the situation and personality plus! I love him!


Dr. Russo is the real deal. Love this doctor. Has kept me on my healthy toe's for years. Taught me alot about taking better care of my self.


Dr. Russo is the real deal. Love this doctor. Has kept me on my healthy toe's for years. Taught me alot about taking better care of my self.





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