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Holly Russell, M.D.

Holly RussellDr. Russell is the medical director of our clinical and community-based programs. She started with the Center in July 2020. A native of Honeoye Falls, Rochester is very close to Dr. Russell's heart. After majoring in Biochemistry at Boston College, she worked at a residential drug treatment program for adolescents in Oakland, California. She then attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, graduating with a distinction in community service. Dr. Russell then completed her residency in Family Medicine at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. She is a family medicine physician at Highland Family Medicine and is passionate about using different formats to promote physical activity and nutrition in underrepresented populations. 



MS | Clinical Investigation
University of Rochester


MD | Distinction in Community Service
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry


BS | Biochemistry
Boston College

Post-doctoral Training & Residency
07/01/2010 - 06/30/2012

Fellowship in Research and Faculty Development in the Department Family Medicine University of Rochester Medical Center 

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2010

Residency in Family Medicine at Lancaster General Hospital, area of concentration in Clinical Research

07/01/2007 - 06/30/2008

Internship in Family Medicine at Lancaster General Hospital 

Commentary on Body Mass Index (BMI) 

Is it Time to Say Goodbye to BMI? - A Commentary in The Journal of Health Promotion & Maintenance - Family and Community Health, October 26, 2023.

In the News


  • Family Health and Fitness Day: Clinical Program Medical Director and Family Medicine Physician Holly Russell, M.D., shares some fun ways her family enjoys being active together.