Glenn S. Russo, MD

Dr. Glenn S. Russo practices as a spine specialist at Connecticut Orthopaedics. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA as well as a Master’s Degree in Medical Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He went on to graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He then performed his post-graduate training in orthopaedic surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine where he was selected for membership into the American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Forum. Afterwards, Dr. Russo completed his fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the renowned Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Russo has particular expertise in adult and pediatric spinal disorders, minimally-invasive spinal surgery, complex scoliosis and spinal deformity, and spinal trauma.

Primary Specialty

Additional Specialties

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
Complex Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity
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So, my name is Glenn Russo. I’m a Spinal Surgeon here at Connecticut Orthopaedics. So, I’m trained in all aspects of spinal care, from top to bottom, skull to the sacrum. I’m trained in minimally invasive spinal surgery. So, it’s doing some surgery through smaller, less invasive incisions. But, also traditional open techniques and even the big surgeries to treat scoliosis and other spinal deformities. I enjoy all aspects of it. And the fact is, is that being trained in all aspects of spinal care allows me to sit down with the patients and sort through the different options to find which management plan is best for them. My philosophy when working with patients is that there’s really two experts in the room. There’s the patient who’s the expert on their pain, what’s going on in their body and their lives. And they’re the ones who best to understand what treatment options will work for them. It’s my job to make sure that those are all available. Listening to them is critically important. And understanding the diagnosis and the best treatment plan. And working together in that way is the way we can achieve the best outcomes.


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Education and Training

  • B.S. - Stonehill College
  • M.S. - Drexel University
  • M.D. - University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Residency - Yale University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship - The Rothman Institute/Thomas Jefferson University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center
  • Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at St. Vincent’s Medical Center

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Articles by Glenn S. Russo, MD

How To Keep Your Back Healthy During Quarantine 

These are uncertain times and with everyone spending more time than ever at home and being less active. While this is certainly the best way to protect our families, friends and community, the inactivity can precipitate muscle stiffness and pain.

However, a healthy set of stretches designed to relieve back pain can be a welcome relief to some of these stiff muscles.

Snow Shoveling Tips – Dr. Russo 

Winter is synonymous with family gatherings, outdoor activities and picturesque landscapes. However, one of the less enjoyable chores associated with the season is snow shoveling. Emergency rooms each year find themselves filled with injuries associated with shoveling snow and working in the elements. It is our hope that with some advice from Connecticut Orthopaedics, we can help you navigate snow shoveling in the safest possible way.

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Dr. Russo serves as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Yale School of Medicine as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University where he trains medical students and residents. He also works with athletes in his role as a team physician for Quinnipiac University.

Dr. Russo sits on the Editorial Review Board for The Journal of Clinical Spine Surgery, has published numerous research articles, and contributed to a number of textbooks. His research has been presented on both national and international forums. He is is an active member of The North American Spine Society, The American Orthopaedic Association, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and The Connecticut Orthopaedic Society.

His other interests include sports, travel, backpacking, live music, home brewing and motorcycle repair.


  • The North American Spine Society
  • The American Orthopaedic Association
  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • The Connecticut Orthopaedic Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Cervical Spine Research Society


  • Clinical Instructor – Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Yale University School of Medicine
  • Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Surgery at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University