Dr. Melissa Melendez Russo, D.O is a primary care sports medicine physician who specializes in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Her goal is to help maximize mobility and function, while minimizing the prolonged effects of injures in both amateur and professional athletes.
Dr. Melendez Russo’s training includes a dual ACGME/AOA accredited Fellowship at Atlantic Health Systems – Sports Health in Morristown, NJ and Residency in Family Medicine at Atlantic Health Systems – Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.
Dr. Melendez Russo’s training at Atlantic Sports Health allowed her to provided medical care and sideline coverage for the New York Jets (NFL), NJ Jackals (Minor league baseball), college athletics at Seton Hall University (D1), College of St. Elizabeth’s (D1), Union County College (D3), and Chatham High School and Morristown High School as well as participation in mass athletic events including the Superhero’s marathon and other state-wide events. These events provide her with experience to care for athletes of all levels.
Dr. Melendez Russo’s primary care training allows her to see non-orthopedic/medical injuries in athletes ranging from concussion management, exercise induced asthma, relative energy deficiency syndrome and overuse injuries as well as management of athletes with chronic medical conditions. She has a special interest in ultrasound guided procedures, osteopathic manual manipulation, and research in ortho-biologics.
Dr. Melendez Russo is a former U.S Marine with vast experience working with diverse populations in many locations. She is originally from NY, now having spent over 20 years residing in NJ, including 10 years in Edison, NJ with extensive family in the local area. She enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with her family.