As a founding partner of the Columbia Orthopaedic Group, Dr. Russell serves as a frequent national consultant and medical expert in cases involving legal dispute. His practice focuses on the evaluation and non-surgical treatment of patients with spine related issues.
Garth S. Russell, MD is a Southern Arkansas native. He attended the University of Arkansas in Monticello until joining the United States Army at the end of World War II. After his military service, he returned to college at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. He remained in the state of Kansas for medical school and attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Russell continued his training with an internship at Wesley Hospital in Wichita and then moved to Columbia, Missouri where he completed his residencies in general surgery and orthopaedics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He also completed sub-specialty training in prosthetics and orthotics at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1966, Dr. Russell, along with Dr. Glenn McElroy and Dr. John Payne, founded the Columbia Orthopaedic Group. Dr. Russell practices non-operative orthopaedic care specializing in injuries and diseases of the spine along with focusing on independent medical evaluations for legal cases and workers compensation evaluations. He is also an orthopaedic consultant for Union Pacific Railroads.
Dr. Russell is board certified by the American Association of Evaluating Physicians and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a founding member of the North American Spine Society and the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association and is also a member of numerous other associations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, Clinical Orthopaedic Society, and the American Medical Association. From 1967-1976, Dr. Russell served as the Chairman of the Missouri State Crippled Children’s Commission. He was a member of the Board and President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Also, from 1988-1994, he served as Chairman of the Council of Clinical Policies and Standards for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Russell was also the President of the Board of Trustees at Columbia Regional Hospital from 1978-1993.
Dr. Russell served as Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and was also a visiting professor at the University of Manipal in India, University of Technology in Aachen, Germany, and the University of Kyoto and University of Osaka in Japan. He remains active in research efforts and continues to do scientific presentations to both national and international audiences.
Working directly with Dr. Russell on his team is administrative assistant, Carolyn Owens.