The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville



The Department of Surgery

Andrew J. Russ, MD, FACS

Associate Professor
Associate Program Director, General Surgery
Division of General Surgery

Clinical Focus

Colorectal Surgery

Research Focus

Dr. Russ is interested in the microbiome and its relationship to colorectal cancer. In the technical sphere, Dr. Russ has been working with colleagues to develop a prototype robotic endoscopic system designed to aid performance of endoscopic and intraluminal surgery and specifically to assist with endoscopic submucosal dissection of malignant neoplasms in the GI tract. Additionally, Dr. Russ has collaborated with faculty at UT's College of Engineering in the development of (1) a mucoadhesive polymer coated colorectal stent to help prevent and treat colorectal anastomotic complications and (2) a novel anorectal fistula treatment device.

Education

Medical School
Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, MD 2006

Residency
General Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin, 2013

Fellowship

Research, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin, 2010

Fellowship

Colorectal Surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 2014

Certifications

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Professional Affiliations

Association of Surgical Education Member (2014-present)
American College of Surgeons Associate Member (2014-present)
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Member (2014-present)
Southeastern Surgical Congress Fellow (2015 – present)

Current Publications

Arroyave A, Nodit L, Clegg D, Russ A.
Forty-eight-year-old female MUTYH carrier presenting with five concurrent primary cancers. Cancer Reports (Hoboken, N.J.). 2021 Jun 26:e1455. [Epub ahead of print]

Landry M, Lewis R, Antill A, Heidel RE, Taylor J, Casillas MA Jr, Russ AJ, Daley B, Mcloughlin J.
Effect of enhanced recovery after surgery protocol implementation on cost and outcomes by type of colectomy performed. The American Surgeon. 2020 Aug 26:3134820943545. [Epub ahead of print]

Landry M, Cavalea AC, Bhat SG, Heidel RE, Casillas MA Jr, Russ AJ.
Combined endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery versus laparoscopic colectomy: Improved patient outcomes for endoscopically unresectable neoplasms. The American Surgeon. 2020 Mar 1;86(3):e164-e166.

Lee SG, Russ AJ, Casillas MA Jr.
Laparoscopic transanal minimally invasive surgery (L-TAMIS) versus robotic TAMIS (R-TAMIS): short-term outcomes and costs of a comparative study. Surgical Endoscopy. 2019 Jun;33(6):1981-1987. Epub 2018 Dec 13.

Beierle SP, Kirkpatrick BA, Heidel RE, Russ A, Ramshaw B, McCallum RS, Lewis JM.
Evaluating and exploring variations in surgical resident emotional intelligence and burnout. Journal of Surgical Education. 2019 May-Jun;76(3):628-636. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

Lee SG, Russ A.
Predicting and preventing postoperative outcomes. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2019 May;32(3):149-156. Epub 2019 Apr 2.

Russ AJ, Casillas MA.
Gut microbiota and colorectal surgery: Impact on postoperative complications. Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery. 2016 Sep;29(3):253-7.

Current Presentations

Arroyave AJ, Good AW, McLoughlin JM, Casillas MA, Heidel RE, Russ AJ. Disparities in presentation and treatment of colon cancer between rural and metropolitan communities. Presented at Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 2021 Aug 6-8; Memphis, TN.

Antill AC, Lewis RE, Taylor JE, Daley BJ, McLoughlin JM, Casillas MA, Russ AJ. Effect of enhanced recovery after surgery protocol implementation on colectomy cost and length of stay: Open vs minimally invasive approach. Presented at Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 2021 Aug 6-8; Memphis, TN.

Bogardus SR, Russ AJ. Outcomes of colon surgery by surgeon volume: A retrospective study. Presented at Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 2021 Aug 6-8; Memphis, TN.

Arroyave AJ, Antill AC, Schmocker RK, McLoughlin JM, Casillas MA, Heidel RE, Russ AJ. Racial disparities lead to differences in presentation of colon cancer in rural southeast region. Presented at Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 2021 Aug 6-8; Memphis, TN.

Jong JK, Foulke E, Russ A, Casillas M. Treatment of fecal incontinence with sacral nerve stimulation outcomes and complication rates. Presented at Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons; 2021 Aug 6-8; Memphis, TN.

Lee S, Landry M, Lodeiro G, Casillas M, Russ A. Single center experience and early adaptation of robotic and laparoscopic assisted Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TATME). Presented at Tennessee American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting; 2019 Aug 8-11; Chattanooga, TN.

Casillas M, Russ A, Abraham M, Johnson M, Lewis R, Whittington E, Landry M, Lodeiro G. Ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract with bioprosthetic mesh offers a promising relief for patients suffering from anal fistula: A review of LIFT outcomes data. Presented at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting; 2019 Jun 1-5; Cleveland, OH.

Lee S, Landry M, Casillas M, Russ A. Single center experience and early adaptation of robotic and laparoscopic assisted transanal total mesorectal excision (TATME). Presented at American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting; 2019 Jun 1-5; Cleveland, OH.

Beierle S, Russ A, Heidel RE, McCallum S, Kirkpatrick MS, Lewis J. A longitudinal study of correlations between emotional intelligence and resident burnout. Presented at Association of Program Directors in Surgery, Association of Residency Administrators in Surgery, Association for Surgical Education; 2018 May 3-6; Austin, TX.

Lee S, Russ A, Casillas M. Laparoscopic transanal minimally invasive surgery (L-tamis) vs robotic tamis (R-tamis): Short-term outcomes and costs of a prospective comparative study Presented at 16th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery; 2018 Apr 11-14; Seattle, WA.

Beierle S, Russ A, Heidel RE, Kirkpatrick B, McCallum S, Lewis J. A correlation between emotional intelligence and burnout in surgical residents. Presented at Tennessee American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting; 2017 Aug 4-6; Nashville, TN.

Bhat S, Cavalea A, Alexander M, Casillas MA, Russ AJ. Combined endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery (CELS) offers improved patient outcomes versus Laparoscopic Colectomy (LC) for endoscopically unresectable Colorectal Neoplasms. Presented at American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons Tripartite Meeting; 2017 Jun 10-14; Seattle, WA.

Beierle SP, McLoughlin J, Heidel RE, Casillas M, Russ AJ. Colorectal cancer outcome disparities increase with distance from treating facility. Presented at Academic Surgical Congress; 2017 Feb 7-9; Las Vegas, NV.

Ponten R, Black CB, Russ AJ, Rucker DC. Analysis of a concentric-tube robot design and feasibility for endoscopic deployment. Presented at The International Society for Optics and Photonics: Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging; 2017 Feb 14-17; Orlando, FL.

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