Paul Russo, Md

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  • 1275 York Ave

    New York, NY 10021

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  • 212-639-2000

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I feel I need to let people know what a excellent, compassionate surgeon Dr Paul Russo is.\r
I am a metastatic rectal cancer survivor that has a return of cancer in pelvic area part of which is blocking my ability to pee. The blockage is

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I feel I need to let people know what a excellent, compassionate surgeon Dr Paul Russo is.\r
I am a metastatic rectal cancer survivor that has a return of cancer in pelvic area part of which is blocking my ability to pee. The blockage is

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I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in Saudi Arabia, and ended up at MSK under the care of Paul Russo. Within minutes I felt better about my prospects, mostly by his calm and friendly manner and professionalism. I had a TUR and ensuring BCG, several minor recurrences, BCG again (elswhere) after 2 years, and since then, never a recurrence again. Next January it will be 9 years. Paul Russo exceeded all my expectations and I am thankful I ended up with him and MSK. I recommend him strongly.

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I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in Saudi Arabia, and ended up at MSK under the care of Paul Russo. Within minutes I felt better about my prospects, mostly by his calm and friendly manner and professionalism. I had a TUR and ensuring BCG, several minor recurrences, BCG again (elswhere) after 2 years, and since then, never a recurrence again. Next January it will be 9 years. Paul Russo exceeded all my expectations and I am thankful I ended up with him and MSK. I recommend him strongly.

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Dr. Paul Russo is truly like an angel sent from heaven. I was a 35 year old male, father of three, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer by a local doctor. This physician wanted to remove my whole left kidney (radical nephrectomy) asap. Family members urged me to get a second opinion and through a friend of the family an appointment was mad with Dr. Russo. Not knowing what to expect my wife and I were extremely nervous for a much better outlook. Dr. Russo walked through the door with a big smile and a greeting like he was a friend not seen in years. He explained to both of us about kidney cancer the diffrent types and his percentages of survival. He explained that being only 35 years of age removal of one kidney is not the answer. He stated a partial nephrectomy in this case would be the best course of action. He spoke with confidence and comfort that he is the best surgeon to do this surgery without complications. My visit lasted over an hour but we left happy and confident that he was the man for the job. My surgery was 12/14/02 only ten days before Christmas, Dr. Russo had me home in three days with my family. It is now 2008 and I am still cancer free. Thank you Dr. Russo You were my angel.

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Dr. Paul Russo is truly like an angel sent from heaven. I was a 35 year old male, father of three, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer by a local doctor. This physician wanted to remove my whole left kidney (radical nephrectomy) asap. Family members urged me to get a second opinion and through a friend of the family an appointment was mad with Dr. Russo. Not knowing what to expect my wife and I were extremely nervous for a much better outlook. Dr. Russo walked through the door with a big smile and a greeting like he was a friend not seen in years. He explained to both of us about kidney cancer the diffrent types and his percentages of survival. He explained that being only 35 years of age removal of one kidney is not the answer. He stated a partial nephrectomy in this case would be the best course of action. He spoke with confidence and comfort that he is the best surgeon to do this surgery without complications. My visit lasted over an hour but we left happy and confident that he was the man for the job. My surgery was 12/14/02 only ten days before Christmas, Dr. Russo had me home in three days with my family. It is now 2008 and I am still cancer free. Thank you Dr. Russo You were my angel.

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Dr. Russo is a pioneer in partial nephrectomy (removal of the kidney) to treat cancer of the kidney. If a renal (kidney) cancer is smaller than 4 cm (Stage T1a) there is a very good chance that a partial nephrectomy will be curative, with a very small chance of recurrence within 5 years. The same can be said about 4-7 cm cancers (Stage T1b), but the chance of recurrence is not quite as low.
He is widely published in prominent medical journals, and his research shows that one needs two functioning kidneys for the greatest chance of preventing the host of problems associated with declining renal function as one gets older. Complete removal of a kidney when a partial nephrectomy is indicated is therefore ill-advised in much the same way as pulling a tooth for a toothache is ill-advised when a root canal is curative.

Every so often, a patient lucks out when a detailed pre-surgical image is obtained (not all MRIs and CT scans are the same) and the tumor is of the type that can be radiographically ruled out as cancer. For other cases, surgery is needed, even though the tumor may not be cancerous after all.

Dr. Russo's office manner is excellent, and he sets the patient at ease by assuring them that (s)he is in the best hands while carefully explaining his approach to treating the condition. He is VERY careful to not call a renal tumor cancer until it has definitively been proven as such. Dr. Russo performs all the surgery himself from the first incision to close-up. This is important, because many complications occur when surgeons leave the "unimportant" aspects of a procedure to residents while the primary physician disappears from the OR. His surgical track record is excellent with minimal complications.

Expect a long wait with dead time during an office visit.

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Dr. Russo is a pioneer in partial nephrectomy (removal of the kidney) to treat cancer of the kidney. If a renal (kidney) cancer is smaller than 4 cm (Stage T1a) there is a very good chance that a partial nephrectomy will be curative, with a very small chance of recurrence within 5 years. The same can be said about 4-7 cm cancers (Stage T1b), but the chance of recurrence is not quite as low.
He is widely published in prominent medical journals, and his research shows that one needs two functioning kidneys for the greatest chance of preventing the host of problems associated with declining renal function as one gets older. Complete removal of a kidney when a partial nephrectomy is indicated is therefore ill-advised in much the same way as pulling a tooth for a toothache is ill-advised when a root canal is curative.

Every so often, a patient lucks out when a detailed pre-surgical image is obtained (not all MRIs and CT scans are the same) and the tumor is of the type that can be radiographically ruled out as cancer. For other cases, surgery is needed, even though the tumor may not be cancerous after all.

Dr. Russo's office manner is excellent, and he sets the patient at ease by assuring them that (s)he is in the best hands while carefully explaining his approach to treating the condition. He is VERY careful to not call a renal tumor cancer until it has definitively been proven as such. Dr. Russo performs all the surgery himself from the first incision to close-up. This is important, because many complications occur when surgeons leave the "unimportant" aspects of a procedure to residents while the primary physician disappears from the OR. His surgical track record is excellent with minimal complications.

Expect a long wait with dead time during an office visit.

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My mother went to consult with Paul Russo about a kidney cancer that had been discovered quite by accident. I went with her for moral support. Within the first three minutes of talking to Dr. Russo, we were both completely taken with him: he was able to put us at relative ease (a daunting task in a cancer hospital), gently joking with us without ever making us feel like he wasn't taking us seriously.

Even with his light manner, he immediately made us understand that he was a competent doctor - in fact, the best in his field. He explained all the medical terminology, making us really understand what was going on inside my mom's body. Instead of hiding behind medical terms, like so many doctors like to do, he did everything in his power to bridge that gap and take the mystery (which often makes medical problems even scarier than they need to be) out of the cancer and the procedure that needed to be performed.

He did the surgery himself, and was seeing my mom for follow-ups every half-year. As my mom got better, it became once a year; now that she has made a full recovery (knock wood), she only sees him once in two years. But even though their meetings are becoming less and less frequent, and even though he sees thousands of patients, each with their own unique personalities and stories, he always remembers my mom, remembers what they talked about last time, remembers his jokes and my mom's reactions - and even asks whether I've gotten any more tattoos since he saw me!

Dr. Russo really is a great human being, an oasis in the sea of pain and misery that is the Cancer Center.

PROS: Best in his field; very caring and personable; a funny guy
CONS: Often booked up for months ahead, though will accomodate an emergency case

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My mother went to consult with Paul Russo about a kidney cancer that had been discovered quite by accident. I went with her for moral support. Within the first three minutes of talking to Dr. Russo, we were both completely taken with him: he was able to put us at relative ease (a daunting task in a cancer hospital), gently joking with us without ever making us feel like he wasn't taking us seriously.

Even with his light manner, he immediately made us understand that he was a competent doctor - in fact, the best in his field. He explained all the medical terminology, making us really understand what was going on inside my mom's body. Instead of hiding behind medical terms, like so many doctors like to do, he did everything in his power to bridge that gap and take the mystery (which often makes medical problems even scarier than they need to be) out of the cancer and the procedure that needed to be performed.

He did the surgery himself, and was seeing my mom for follow-ups every half-year. As my mom got better, it became once a year; now that she has made a full recovery (knock wood), she only sees him once in two years. But even though their meetings are becoming less and less frequent, and even though he sees thousands of patients, each with their own unique personalities and stories, he always remembers my mom, remembers what they talked about last time, remembers his jokes and my mom's reactions - and even asks whether I've gotten any more tattoos since he saw me!

Dr. Russo really is a great human being, an oasis in the sea of pain and misery that is the Cancer Center.

PROS: Best in his field; very caring and personable; a funny guy
CONS: Often booked up for months ahead, though will accomodate an emergency case

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