Professional Biographies

James Russo, DO

Primary Specialty: Adult / Internal Medicine

Years With Optum: 24


Average Star Rating:

(104 patient ratings)





Education:
  • 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

Languages:
English
Certifications:

American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine

Organization(s):

American Osteopathic Association

New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association

About:

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.

Hobbies:
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.

Patient Ratings & Reviews

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10/30/2022

Professional compassionate and incredibly knowledgeable.
 

10/28/2022

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

10/28/2022

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

10/25/2022

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

10/22/2022

Gave excellent care tho I'm not his regular patient
 

10/17/2022

Best Dr.
 

10/13/2022

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

10/04/2022

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

10/04/2022

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.
 

10/04/2022

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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