Dr. Saucedo is a nationally recognized leader in his field and an accomplished clinical researcher in the areas of myocardial infarction, novel interventional cardiology procedures, and antiplatelet and antithrombotic therapy. Taking a leading role in numerous multi-center clinical research and investigator-initiated studies, he has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles during his career as a top cardiologist.
Dr. Saucedo attended the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where he received his medical doctorate. He then completed his internal medicine and cardiovascular training at the National Institute of Nutrition and the National Institute of Cardiology, respectively, in Mexico City. Fellowships in interventional cardiology followed at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.
He headed the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock for five years. During his time in Little Rock, he earned his MBA degree from the University of Arkansas. From 2002 until 2013, Dr. Saucedo held several leadership positions at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, including Professor of Medicine, Vice-Chief of Clinical Affairs in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories.
Dr. Russell was recruited by NorthShore in 2015 as an attending cardiovascular surgeon before his appointment to co-direct the Cardiovascular Institute in 2017. With his research in thoracic aorta in aortic valve disease, congenital heart disease and Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS), Dr. Russell is nationally acknowledged for his impact on enhancing the future of cardiovascular research.
Dr. Russell received his Doctorate of Medicine from Wake Forest School of Medicine. He then completed his surgical residency at University of Chicago, where he earned the position of Chief Resident. Specializing in cardiology, he completed his fellowships in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital, both in Chicago.
Now as Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Dr. Russell continues to build his professional portfolio as a member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and The International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation. He has three board certifications specializing in thoracic surgery. Dr. Russell continues to share his knowledge as an active member in the cardiovascular community. Having written and delivered more than 75 publications and presentations, he proves his expertise as a top cardiac surgeon.
With the combined experience and expertise of Dr. Saucedo and Dr. Russell, the NorthShore Cardiovascular Institute will continue on its path of forward thinking and innovation.