Mark Russo, MD| Head And Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology | MedStar Health
Mark Russo

Mark Russo, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (349 reviews)

Specialties: Head And Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology

Languages: English

202-785-5040

About me

Mark Russo, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist who specializes in sleep surgery. He sees patients at MedStar Health at Lafayette Center. His areas of expertise include the full range of surgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea, including tonsillectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (a surgical procedure that opens the upper airways by removing extra tissue in the throat), nasal surgery to help patients tolerate CPAP treatment better, and hypoglossal nerve stimulator implants (an implant that stimulates a nerve in rhythm with the patient’s breathing to help keep the airway clear).

Dr. Russo has presented his research at professional meetings and conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals, including Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and Clinical Case Reports. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. He is also a member of the MedStar Georgetown Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Diversity Committee.

His philosophy of care centers on caring for the whole person. He takes time with each patient to build a collaborative partnership so patients can be informed and active participants in their care.

Dr. Russo earned his medical degree and completed a residency in otolaryngology head and neck surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He also completed a general surgery internship at Rush University - John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois.

When he’s not working, Dr. Russo enjoys exercising, training his dog, and playing tabletop role playing games.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Nasal Mass
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Sinusitis
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Upper Airway Surgery For Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • Voice Problems
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormalities Of The Vocal Cords
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Adenoid Hypertrophy
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Anosmia
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Auricular Hematoma
  • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
  • Benign Head And Neck Tumors
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Blocked Eustachian Tubes
  • Branchial Cleft Cyst
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
  • Choking Sensation
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Cough
  • Chronic Ear Infections
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Cochlear Nerve Damage
  • Cough
  • Crackling Sound In Ears
  • Cyst Of Sinuses
  • Decreased Hearing
  • Deviated Septum
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dry Nose
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphonia
  • Ear Blockage
  • Ear Canal Lesions
  • Ear Cyst
  • Ear Drainage
  • Ear Fullness
  • Ear Infections
  • Ear Keloids
  • Ear Pressure
  • Earache
  • Empty Nose Syndrome
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Epistaxis
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Face Swelling
  • Facial Cyst
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Paresis
  • Fissured Tongue
  • Foreign Bodies In The Ear Nose And Airway
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Glomus Tympanicum
  • Goiter
  • Hairy Tongue
  • Head And Neck Mass
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Hyperacusis
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Injury
  • Impacted Cerumen
  • Inner Ear Trauma
  • Inverted Papilloma Of The Sinus
  • Itchy Ear
  • Jaw Pain
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Laryngeal Papillomatosis
  • Laryngitis
  • Lip Droop
  • Ludwig Angina
  • Lump In Throat
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Malignant Otitis Externa
  • Mastoiditis
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Mouth Abscess
  • Mouth Bleeding
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Mouth Pain
  • Mouth Ulcer
  • Muffled Hearing
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Crusting
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Nasal Dryness
  • Nasal Mass
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Trauma
  • Nasal Valve Collapse
  • Nasal Vestibulitis
  • Neck Abscess
  • Neck Cyst
  • Neoplasm Of Ear
  • Neoplasm Of Salivary Gland
  • Neurologic Disorders Of The Larynx
  • Noisy Breathing
  • Nose Fracture
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Odynophagia
  • Olfactory Nerve Disease
  • Oral Lesions
  • Orofacial Pain
  • Osteoma
  • Otalgia
  • Otitis Externa
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Parapharyngeal Mass
  • Perforated Ear Drum
  • Perichondritis
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Preauricular Fistula
  • Problems With Smell And Taste
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Ruptured Eardrum
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Salivary Gland Swelling
  • Scratchy Voice
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sialadenitis
  • Sialolithiasis
  • Sino Nasal Carcinoma
  • Sinonasal Papilloma
  • Sinus Mass
  • Sinus Pain
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
  • Smell Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Spots On Mouth
  • Stomatitis
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Submandibular Nodule
  • Submandibular Swelling
  • Sudden Deafness
  • Suppurative Tonsillitis
  • Swallowing Problem
  • Swollen Parotid
  • Swollen Throat
  • Swooshing Sound In Ears
  • Temporal Bone Fracture
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
  • Throat Abscess
  • Throat Mass
  • Throat Tightness
  • Thyroglossal Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Mass
  • Tongue Pain
  • Tongue Plaque
  • Tongue Swelling
  • Tonsillar Hypertrophy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tonsilloliths
  • Tracheal Stomal Stenosis
  • Tumor Of Parotid Gland
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation (TMP)
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Vocal Cord Lesions
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Strain
  • Voice Problems
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Procedures I perform

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA)
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Repair
  • Cerumen Removal
  • Cervical Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation
  • Frenectomy
  • Functional Rhinoplasty
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation
  • Inspire Therapy
  • Intratympanic Injection
  • Microlaryngeal Laser Surgery
  • Myringoplasty
  • Myringotomy
  • Nasoseptal Reconstruction
  • Neck Biopsy
  • Neck Mass Excision
  • Nose Cauterization
  • Nose Fracture Surgery
  • Ossicular Chain Reconstruction
  • Palate Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Pressure Equalizing (PE) Tube Placement
  • Reconstruction Of Ear
  • Septoplasty
  • Sialendoscopy
  • Sialodochoplasty
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
  • Sleep Endoscopy
  • Stapedectomy
  • Throat Abscess Drainage
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tongue Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Dilatation
  • Tracheostomy
  • Transnasal Repair Csf Leak
  • Turbinate Surgery
  • Tympanoplasty/Mastoidectomy
  • Tympanostomy
  • Upper Airway Surgery For Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • Uvuloplasty
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
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Practice locations

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Suite 601
Washington, DC, 20036

202-416-2000

Fax 877-625-1478

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Insurance

MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Navigate
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery Within the Head and Neck

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2021)

Internship Program: Rush University Medical Center (2016)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2015)

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.9
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.9
  • Care provider’s discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.9
  • Care provider’s efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.9
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • May 27, 2024

    I will definitely recommend Dr. Russo to any and every person

  • May 26, 2024

    I had Dr. Russo, who is excellent.

  • May 20, 2024

    Loved Dr. Russo. Knowledgeable, thorough, gentle. Excellent grasp of the issue and put together a good care plan.