Michael E. Russo, MD

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Michael E. Russo, MD, is an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatrics - Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH


Pediatric Infectious Disease - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification


Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Antimicrobial stewardship
Clinical utility of diagnostic tests
Cost effectiveness and utilization of diagnostic tests
Patient centered outcomes research




Russo Michael E, Kline Jennifer, Jaggi Preeti, Leber Amy L, Cohen Daniel M: The Challenge of Patient Notification and the Work of Follow-Up Generated by a 2-Step Testing Protocol for Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatric emergency care Page: doi: 10.1097, May 2017 Notes: epub ahead of print.


Cohen Daniel M, Russo Michael E, Jaggi Preeti, Kline Jennifer, Gluckman William, Parekh Amisha: Multicenter Clinical Evaluation of the Novel Alere i Strep A Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification Test. Journal of clinical microbiology 53(7): 2258-61, Jul 2015. PMCID: PMC4473182


Wood Joanne N, Pecker Lydia H, Russo Michael E, Henretig Fred, Christian Cindy W: Evaluation and referral for child maltreatment in pediatric poisoning victims. Child abuse & neglect 36(4): 362-9, Apr 2012.




Cohn K, Russo Michael E, Tsai Carmelle, and Vinograd Alexandra: Infectious disease emergencies. Clinical Manual of Emergency Pediatrics, 6th ed. Jeffrey C. Gershel and Ellen F. Crain (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Page: 379-441, 2018 Notes: doi:10.1017/9781108183109.014.

Posters and Presentations


Downes KJ, Schriver ER, Russo ME, Weiss SL, Fitzgerald JC, Balamuth FB, Tolomeo P, Bilker WB,  Han J,  Lautenbach E, Coffin S, Gerber JS,: "Implementation of a Pragmatic Biomarker-Driven Algorithm to Guide Antibiotic Use in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: the Optimizing Antibiotic Strategies in Sepsis (OASIS) II Study." Infectious Disease IDWeek, San Diego, CA Oct 2017 Notes: Poster presentation.

Invited Lectures


Russo M. "What about fungus: Invasive fungal infections for residents," Einstein Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program, Philadelphia, PA. Jan, 2018.

Russo M. "The Epidemiology and Impact of Penicillin Allergy Labels", Grand Rounds presented to the Department of Pediatrics at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. May, 2018.

Awards and Honors

2017, Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship Award, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

2015, Nationwide Children's Hospital created the "Mike Russo Award" which goes to "The resident who exhibits unrivaled knowledge across all areas of medicine"

2012, Chamber Pot Award, Nationwide Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency Program

2009, Social Justice Activist of the Year, Student Physicians for Social Responsibility

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

2018-present, Quality and Safety Champion
2018-present, Orbital Cellulitis Pathway Working Group
2017-present, Education Committee, Division of Infectious Diseases
2016-present, Penicillin Allergy Pathway Working Group

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2015-present, Infectious Diseases Society of America
2015-present, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society