Russell was born and raised in Grant, NE. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with highest distinction and the University of Nebraska Medical Center with high distinction where he started a free eye clinic for under/uninsured patients. He went on to complete his ophthalmology training at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah.
In July 2016 he joined Vance Thompson Vision to continue his career with a one-year advanced anterior segment fellowship with Dr. Berdahl, Dr. Tendler, and Dr Thompson. Russell has a passion for ophthalmology outreach and has participated in multiple free charity surgery days, regional outreach to the Navajo Nation in Utah, and two months of service and training in Kathmandu, Nepal.
In his free time, Russell enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Monica and three children, hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, and exploring God’s great creation.