Mary E. Russell D.O., M.S., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, completed her residency at the Baylor/University of Texas Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Alliance in July 2014. She received her medical degree in 2010 from Des Moines University. She received her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2005, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal biomechanics.

Dr. Russell cares for inpatient and outpatient patients recovering from traumatic brain injury, stroke and neurotrauma.  Her hospital affiliations include TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Hospital-The Woodlands. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Russell also serves as the Medical Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands. Her clinical interests include spasticity management and brain injury medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and enjoys attending concerts and golfing.


Graduate School: M.S.
Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa, 2005
Medical School: DO
Des Moines University, 2010
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, 2014

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Spasticity management

Brain Injury Medicine


Research Interests

Spasticity Management


Musculoskeletal Biomechanics


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Kuhl N, Prowell K, Russell ME. Rehabilitation of Stroke Recovery Complicated by Alien Limb Syndrome. Arch Phys Med and Rehab. Volume 98, Issue 10, e100.

Russell ME. Hydrocephalus. AAPM&R Knowledge Now. Published 3/2017.

Russell ME, Crump M. Rehabilitation of an eighteen-year-old male with a severe traumatic brain injury complicated by sinking skin flap syndrome: A Case Report. PM&R.  Volume 5, Issue 9S: pp S281.

Russell ME, Verduzco-Gutierruez M, Ivanhoe CB. Lower extremity weakness as the initial symptom of anti-NMDA encephalitis in a 13-year-old female: A Case Report.  PM&R. Volume 4, Issue 10S: ppS203.

Russell ME, Verduzco-Gutierruez M, Ivanhoe CB. Rehabilitation of a 46-year-old female with subarachnoid hemorrhage complicated by Linezolid-induced Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES): A Case Report. PM&R. Volume 4, Issue 10S: pp378.

Russell ME, Shivanna K, Pedersen DR, Grosland NM. Cartilage contact pressure elevations in dysplastic hips: a model of chronic overload. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research. 1(1): 169- 177, 2006.

Pedersen DR, Shivanna K, Russell ME, Grosland NM. Transient cartilage stress elevations in dysplastic hips. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, 1:6, 2006.

Shivanna KH, Grosland NM, Russell ME, Pedersen DR. Diarthrodial joint contact models: A finite element analysis of the human hip. Engineering with computers, 2008; 24:155-163.

Russell ME. Cartilage contact pressure elevations in dysplastic hips: a model of chronic overload. Iowa City, Iowa:.Masters thesis, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Iowa; 2005.