Jonathon Russell, M.D.

Jonathon O Russell, M.D.

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  • Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Languages: English, Spanish


Benign Thyroid Disorders, Benign Tumors of the Head and Neck, Endocrinology, Goiter, Head and Neck Cancers, Hoarseness, Hyperparathyroidism, Minimally Invasive Radiofrequency Ablation, Neck Masses, Oncology, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Paraganglioma, Parathyroid Diseases, Parathyroid Surgery, Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Radiofrequency Ablation for Thyroid Nodules, Scarless Thyroidectomy, Thyroglossal Cysts, Thyroid, Thyroid and Parathyroid, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Diseases, Thyroid Masses, Thyroid Surgery more

Research Interests

Thyroidectomy; thyroid surgery; scarless thyroidectomy; Transoral thyroidectomy; TOETVA; Transoral parathyroidectomy; TOEPVA; Advanced Thyroid Cancer; Surgical treatments for thyroid cancer; Patient satisfaction and safety; Radiofrequency Ablation of thyroid nodules; RFA; Quality improvement, technology, innovation; Endocrine surgery; Parathyroid Surgery; Endocrinology; Endocrine pathology; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Robotic Surgery; Scarless Parathyroidectomy more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
601 N. Caroline St.
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Fax: 410-367-2469

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2500
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Fax: 410-367-2469


Dr. Jon Russell is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. As such, he manages a broad range of thyroid and parathyroid surgical pathology and specializes in scarless transoral thyroidectomy, radiofrequency ablation of thyroid nodules, and parathyroidectomy. Of special interest are the extremes of thyroid surgery, managing simpler cases with scarless thyroidectomy or minimally invasive RFA, and more advanced cases with the latest technology to provide optimal outcomes. Dr. Russell is also the director of the Johns Hopkins Multi-Disciplinary Thyroid Tumor Center.

Furthermore, patient communication, satisfaction, and safety are key areas of interest. He has developed web-based tools to improve patient care following thyroidectomy, and lectures both nationally and internationally on thyroid and parathyroid problems. He was the first surgeon in the Western Hemisphere to manage thyroid cancer through a transoral scarless approach using robotic technology and continues to be the leader in innovative thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy techniques. He has published the largest Western series of transoral scarless thyroidectomy and mentored numerous surgeons internationally on the technique, also known as TOETVA. He has served on several committees of national organizations, including the Endocrine Surgery Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Currently, he is the chair of the Technology Committee of the Endocrine Section of the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS), and also serves on the Education Committee for the American Thyroid Association (ATA). His treatment philosophy is that every patient deserves an individualized treatment strategy and that communication between physician and patient is a vital part of the healing process.

This provider is registered with the Florida Department of Health to perform telehealth services for patients in Florida. more


  • Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
  • Director of the Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Thyroid Tumor Center
  • Director of Endoscopic and Robotic Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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  • MD; Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2010)


  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery; Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2015)


  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2016)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) (2017)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Transoral Thyroidectomy (TOETVA)

Selected Publications

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Zhang M, Tufano RP, Russell JO, et al. Ultrasound-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation Versus Surgery for Low-Risk Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinoma: Results of Over 5 Years' Follow-Up. Thyroid. 2020;30(3):408-417. doi:10.1089/thy.2019.0147

Remote-Access Thyroidectomy: A Multi-Institutional North American Experience With Transaxillary, Robotic Facelift, and Transoral Endoscopic Vestibular Approaches. Jonathon O Russell  1 et al. JACS 2019 Apr;228(4):516-522. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2018.12.005. Epub 2018 Dec 23

Russell JO, Clark J, Noureldine SI, Anuwong A, Al Khadem MG, Yub Kim H, Dhillon VK, Dionigi G, Tufano RP, Richmon JD. Transoral thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy - A North American series of robotic and endoscopic transoral approaches to the central neck. Oral Oncol. 2017 Aug;71:75-80. doi: 10.1016/j.oraloncology.2017.06.001. Epub 2017 Jun 10. PMID: 28688695 Similar articles Select item 28155047

Razavi CR, Russell JO. Indications and contraindications to transoral thyroidectomy. Ann Thyroid. 2017;2(5):12. doi:10.21037/aot.2017.10.01

Russell JO, Noureldine SI, Al Khadem MG, Tufano RP. Minimally invasive and remote-access thyroid surgery in the era of the 2015 American Thyroid Association guidelines. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2016 Nov 14;1(6):175-179. doi: 10.1002/lio2.36. eCollection 2016 Dec. Review. PMID: 28894814 Free PMC Article Similar articles Select item 28842998

Activities & Honors


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society,, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2010


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, 2010
  • American College of Surgeons, 2010
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2010
  • American Thyroid Association, 2016

    Committee Member: Education and Outreach

  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, 2019

    Allied member

  • American Head and Neck Society

    Chair: Technology Committee, Endocrine Section

Professional Activities

  • Committee member, Endocrine Surgery Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS, 2014
  • Committee member, Physician Resources Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)., 2012 - 2014
  • Committee member, 2012 - 2014
  • Chair, Technology Committee, Endocrine Section, American Head and Neck Society, 2019

Videos & Media

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    Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Benign Thyroid Nodules

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    Meet Our Expert: Jonathon Russell, M.D. | Head and Neck Surgery

Lectures and Presentations

  • Management failure in obstructive sleep apnea
    Oral presentation, Orlando, FL (09/01/2014)
    American Head and Neck Society
  • 10 year outcomes and follow up of sleep surgery: a single institution experience
    Poster presentation, Orlando, FL (05/01/2014)
    American Head and Neck Society
  • Treatment options and outcomes of hypopharyngeal cancer.
    Oral presentation, Vancouver, BC (10/01/2013)
    American Head and Neck Society
  • Management of secondary thyroid cancer
    Poster presentation, Toronto, Canada (07/01/2013)
    World Congress on Thyroid Cancer
  • Quality of life and sleepiness in uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and sleep surgery
    Oral presentation, Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings, Orlando, FL (04/01/2013)
  • Thyroid nodules for the primary care physician.
    Grand Rounds (10/26/2016)
    Prince George's Hospital
  • Transoral Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery - Leave no Trace
    American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Lecture, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting, Chicago (09/12/2017)
  • Management of Thyroid Nodules
    Lecture, ThyCa Regional Meeting
    Thyroid Cancer Survivors
  • Radiofrequency Ablation of Thyroid Nodules
    Moderator and Presenter, Academic, Annual Congress, San Francisco, CA (10/05/2019)
    American College of Surgeons

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

New Minimally Invasive Treatment for Enlarged Thyroid Nodules (January 2021)

Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgeons First in U.S. to Use Radiofrequency Ablation to Treat Thyroid Nodules (October 2019)

Thyroid Cancer | Kirstin's Story (August 2017)

Thyroid Cancer: What Women Should Know (June 2017)

Webinar Leave no Trace: Thyroid and Parathyroid problems and intervention in the 21st Century. (March 2017)

Neck Surgery's Scarless Alternative | Gwen's Story (November 2016)

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