Military Spotlight: Christopher Russo

Staff Report
Christopher M. Russo, a native of Manatee County, will graduate on May 21, 2022, with a Doctor of Medicine degree. Upon graduation, Russo will be assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he will complete a four-year residency in Anesthesiology. Russo is the son of Sara Russo and John Russo of Bradenton.

Russo will earn his degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) during a commencement ceremony at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. USU is the nation’s only federal health sciences university and is part of the Department of Defense. 

Russo received his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in 2018, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. 

In a time-honored USU tradition, Russo, a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force, will walk across the stage in academic regalia, then after receiving his diploma, will change into his military uniform to recite the Air Force commissioning oath, led by the Air Force Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Robert I. Miller.  At that time, he will be promoted to the next rank of Captain
Prior to medical school, Russo served as an enlisted Air Force oral-maxillofacial surgical technician for five years with assignments at overseas bases in Japan and Korea. While in Japan, he participated in Operation Tomodachi, the response to the devastating tsunami and Fukushima nuclear reactor incident and was awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal. 

Russo was also recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. 

"The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is the premier medical military officer leadership academy in the United States and truly ‘America’s Medical School,’” Russo said. "I consider myself beyond blessed to have received my medical education at USU, and am excited to continue my service to our great nation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.”