Russo named Columbia Pain Management partner

June 8, 2011

Dr. David P. Russo was recently made partner at Columbia Pain Management PC, the largest interventional pain practice in the Columbia Gorge area and Eastern Oregon.

Russo is a board-certified physiatrist doctor of osteopathic medicine who specializes in the area of image-guided cervical, thoracic and lumbar epidural steroid injections, spinal cord stimulation, electrodiagnostic studies, independent medical exams and workers' compensation evaluations. He holds board certifications in both pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Russo completed his medical training at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, residency training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and fellowship at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

"In his four years of private practice with Columbia Pain Management, David has demonstrated the ability to achieve high standards," said Trey Rigert, M.D., partner at Columbia Pain Management. "We look forward to his leadership and know that with he will continue to make great strides for our patients, employees and physicians."

Russo is an active board member, holds a position on the governing board of the Oregon Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, is an active member of the North American Spine Society's Professional and Economic Regulatory Committee and a pain management consultant for the Oregon Medical Board.

"I look forward to increasing my involvement in projects to assure continued quality care for our patients and the expansion and success of the practice," Russo said.

Russo, who resides in Hood River with his wife, Jessica, and their daughter, enjoys cycling in the Gorge. He is on staff at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Skyline Hospital. He is available for patient consultations in both Hood River and Hermiston. All appointments are scheduled through the Hood River office.

Columbia Pain Management accepts new patients through physician referrals and can be contacted for more information regarding interventional pain options at 541-386-9500.

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