Russ was born and raised in Nikiski, AK. He attended Nikiski high school and completed his undergraduate and Physician Assistant education at Philadelphia University where he met his lovely wife Jennie who was also in the physician assistant program at that time. Russ graduated in 2003 and took a full time position in orthopedic spine surgery as well as general orthopedics and total joint arthroplasty. Russ still continues to practice in the orthopedic spine surgery subspecialty in addition to his duties with the DFES and is always happy to lend a hand with a difficult orthopedic procedure in the emergency department. He began working for DFES in 2007 after his first of 5 wonderful children were born. Russ obtained his private pilot license in 2012 and enjoys taking trips with his family and friends exploring the East Coast. He continues to make annual trips back home to Alaska where he still has family and enjoys fishing for Sockeye salmon on the Kenai river and fishing with his brother for Halibut out of Homer, AK.