Christen M. Russo, MD

Expertise in: 
Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics, Trauma
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC


Dr. Christen M. Russo specializes in the non-operative and operative care of pediatric orthopedic patients, from pre-natal to adolescent care and consultation. She has particular interests in bone health and nutrition, conservative management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and musculoskeletal trauma.

Dr. Russo approaches care holistically, recognizing that pediatric patients are not just little adults – they 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.

Outside of her clinical practice, Dr. Russo is focused on quality improvement, mentoring, and bone health. She serves as the Chair of Quality & Patient Safety for the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, and specifically mentors to the populations underrepresented in orthopedics: women and minorities. She is the treasurer of the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society and aspires daily to increase the number of women in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Russo is a member of the Pediatric Bone Health Committee, a study group of POSNA, which is working towards guidelines and recommendations regarding calcium and Vitamin D supplementation in the pediatric orthopedic population.

Dr. Russo is a Brooklyn, New York native, and currently lives, works, and parents in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, who is also a physician, and their two children. An avid foodie, she enjoys both cooking and visiting the New York restaurant scene and balances her lifestyle with as much fitness as she can squeeze in.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Female

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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