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Published on July 10, 2019

Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health Names New Chair of Department of Family Medicine

ABINGTON, PA (July 10, 2019) – Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health is pleased to announce the appointment of John J. Russell, MD as chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Abington Hospital. Russell will replace Warren B. Matthews, MD, who served as chair for 33 years.

John J. Russell, MD

Russell has 29 years of experience and currently serves as medical director of Abington Family Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Temple University and received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Russell completed his residency in Family Medicine at Abington Hospital, during which time he served as co-chief resident. In 1993, he joined the Abington medical staff and in 2012 became the director of the Family Medicine Residency program.

“Dr. Russell is a highly accomplished physician. His dedication and commitment to providing quality care has been unwavering throughout his many years of service at Abington - Jefferson Health,” said Gerard M. Cleary, DO, chief of staff, chief medical officer and SVP, Abington - Jefferson Health. “We are thrilled to have him as our next chairman and are confident in his ability to promote the growth and success of the Department of Family Medicine.”

Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Russell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a clinical professor of Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. He represents Abington as a member of the Enterprise Medical Advisory Council and is an active member of several medical staff committees including serving as chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and co-chair of the Bio-Ethics Committee.

Russell served as medical staff president from 2010 to 2012 and completed Patient Safety Officer training at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 2009. He is a nationally known speaker on primary care topics, the co-host of the American Diabetes Association’s monthly podcast, a host of ReachMD’s Book Club podcast series, the author of two textbooks and multiple articles. In addition, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 and 2019 Top Doctors awards.

Russell resides in his hometown of Dresher with his wife Elena and three children.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two Urgent Care Centers located in Flourtown and Willow Grove, and seven convenient outpatient facilities located in Horsham, Willow Grove, Warminster, Blue Bell, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville and Elkins Park. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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