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Cardiovascular Institute Leadership


Gregory Mishkel, MD, MBA, joined NorthShore in January 2019 as the Allstate Foundation/Judson B. Branch Chair of Cardiology, Division Head of Cardiology and Co-director of the Cardiovascular Institute. He holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.

Before his leadership role at NorthShore, he was most recently Executive Medical Director of the Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. During his career, he has conducted independent research and made diverse presentations to national and international conferences, the FDA and the U.S. House Committee for Energy & Commerce hearings on health care reform and the Canadian health care system. He also won a Regional Emmy for his TV show “Cardia” that aired on the public broadcasting station WSEC-TV in central Illinois. Dr. Mishkel earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Toronto and completed his post-graduate training at the University of Toronto, University of Ottawa Heart Institute and McMaster University. After his specialty training in cardiology, he was awarded a Canadian Heart Foundation Research Fellowship. He studied the effects of fish oils on enhancing cardiac function. He served on the faculty at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.

In 1992, Dr. Mishkel immigrated to the United States, where he joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. During his almost three decades in the state’s capital, Dr. Mishkel developed a national reputation as an interventional cardiologist and rose to the rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine. In 2017, he received a Master’s of Business Administration Degree at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.





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 experience and expertise Dr. Russell, the NorthShore Cardiovascular Institute will continue on its path of forward thinking and innovation.