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Jonathon Russell, M.D.

Jonathon O Russell, M.D.

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4.9 out of 5
74 Ratings
  • Director of Endoscopic and Robotic Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
  • Assistant 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, 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 Cancer, Thyroid Diseases, Thyroid Masses, Thyroid Parathyroid more

Research Interests

Thyroidectomy, thyroid surgery, Transoral thyroidectomy; Transoral parathyroidectomy; Advanced Thyroid Cancer; Surgical treatments for thyroid cancer; Patient satisfaction and safety; Enhancing postoperative communication with patients and surgeons; Quality improvement; Endocrine surgery; Parathyroid Surgery; Endocrinology; Endocrine pathology; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Robotic Surgery; Scarless Surgery more

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Johns Hopkins 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 2300
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Fax: 410-367-2469


Dr. Jon Russell is an Assistant Professor of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgeon and the Director of Endoscopic and Robotic Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery at Johns Hopkins. As such, he manages the broad range of thyroid and parathyroid surgical pathology and specializes in scarless transoral thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy. Of special interest are the extremes of thyroid pathology, managing simpler cases with scarless techniques 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, 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 this innovative technique. He has published the largest Western series of transoral scarless surgeries, and mentored numerous surgeons on the technique. He has served on several committees of national organizations, including the Endocrine Surgery Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His treatment philosophy is that every patient deserves an individualized treatment strategy, and that communication between physician and patient is the most important part of the healing process. more


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

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Centers & Institutes



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


  • Cleveland Clinic / Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (2015)


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

Board Certifications

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

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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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

Russell JO, Noureldine SI, Al Khadem MG, Chaudhary HA, Day AT, Kim HY, Tufano RP, Richmon JD Transoral robotic thyroidectomy: a preclinical feasibility study using the da Vinci Xi platform. J Robot Surg. 2017 Feb 2. doi: 10.1007/s11701-016-0661-1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28155047 Similar articles Select item 27863787

Russell JO, Yan K, Burkey B, Scharpf J. Nonthyroid Metastasis to the Thyroid Gland: Case Series and Review with Observations by Primary Pathology. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Dec;155(6):961-968. Epub 2016 Jun 21. Review. PMID: 27329421 Similar articles Select item 26505118

Manzoor NF, Russell JO, Bricker A, Koyfman S, Scharpf J, Burkey B, Khan MJ. Impact of surgical resection on survival in patients with advanced head and neck cancer involving the carotid artery. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Nov;139(11):1219-25. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2013.4917. PMID: 24077023 Similar articles Select item 21391426

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

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
  • Committee member, Pan-American Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), 2012

Videos & Media

Transoral 'Scarless' Thyroid Surgery Animation

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Benign Thyroid Nodules

Lectures and Presentations

  • 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 secondary thyroid cancer
    Poster presentation, Toronto, Canada (07/01/2013)
    World Congress on Thyroid Cancer
  • Management failure in obstructive sleep apnea
    Oral presentation, Orlando, FL (09/01/2014)
    American Head and Neck Society
  • Thyroid nodules for the primary care physician.
    Grand Rounds (10/26/2016)
    Prince George's Hospital
  • 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
  • Quality of life and sleepiness in uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and sleep surgery
    Oral presentation, Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings, Orlando, FL (04/01/2013)
  • Management of Thyroid Nodules
    Lecture, ThyCa Regional Meeting
    Thyroid Cancer Survivors

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

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 (8/28/17)

Thyroid Cancer: What Women Should Know (6/29/17)

Webinar Leave no Trace: Thyroid and Parathyroid problems and intervention in the 21st Century. (3/22/17)

Neck Surgery's Scarless Alternative | Gwen's Story (11/15/16)

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

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