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Linda A. Russell, MD

Rheumatology, Perioperative Medicine, Metabolic Bone

About Dr. Russell


Dr. Linda Russell was born in West Islip, NY, and raised on Long Island. She received her Bachelors of Science degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1985, from Tufts University. She received her MD degree, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha in 1989, from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. Her one-year internship and her two-year residency in internal medicine were both completed at New York Hospital (1989-92). She then went to Hospital for Special Surgery for her Fellowship in Rheumatology (1992-95). Following her fellowship she joined HSS as an attending physician, where she has continued to practice medicine.

Dr. Russell has had a long-standing interest in metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis. She is the Director of the Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Health Center. In addition to the evaluation and care of patients with metabolic bone disease, she has focused her attention on perioperative bone health.  Currently, Dr. Russell is the Co-Primary Investigator for an American College of Rheumatology guideline for the treatment of Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis.

In 2011, Dr. Russell was named the Director of Perioperative Medicine at HSS. Perioperative medicine is a field of medicine that focuses on optimizing the health of patients who plan to undergo surgery and on providing medical care for those patients following surgery. As the Director of Perioperative Medicine, Dr. Russell leads a team of nine full-time internists and tenhospitalists who deliver perioperative medical care to patients undergoing surgical procedures at HSS. She also coordinates with a group of seven rheumatologists who provide additional perioperative consultation. These perioperative physicians are well acquainted with their patients’ needs before, during and after surgery, thus providing the exceptional care that HSS is known for. She also is working with a team of physicians to create a manuscript for the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI) that outlines the perioperative management of patients with Rheumatologic and HIV diseases.

Dr. Russell was recognized in 2020 by the United Hospital Fund during their Tribute to Excellence in Health Care Awards Ceremony for her passionate advocacy to promote osteoporosis and metabolic bone health as well as leading efforts to develop preoperative weight loss, diabetes management, and smoking cessation programs at HSS. Dr. Russell received “The Wholeness of Life Award” from the Healthcare Chaplaincy in 2005. She holds the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair in Perioperative Medicine.

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Specialized Centers

Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Diseases
Integrative Rheumatology and Orthopedics Center
Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Health

Special Expertise

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Associate Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director of Perioperative Services, Hospital for Special Surgery
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Chair in Perioperative Services
Director, Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Health Center, Hospital for Special Surgery


Internal Medicine


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2014-2022
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2013-2020
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2013, 2017, 2019-2022
United Hospital Fund Tribute to Excellence in Health Care: Quality Improvement Champion, 2020
HSS Wholeness of Life Honoree, 2005


MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts


The New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, Internal Medicine, Non-US, US


Hospital for Special Surgery, Rheumatology, New York

State Licensure



Publications by Dr. Russell

Patient Education

Professional Education

Blog Posts

Selected Books/Chapters

Russell LA Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and other Systemic Autoimmune Diseases in Decision Making in Perioperative Medicine: Clinical Pearls, editor Cohn, SL, McGraw Hill, USA, 2021, 219-224


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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of February 21, 2023, Dr. Russell reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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