Mike Russell

Mike Russell

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Physiology



Basic Science Educator in Physiology. B.S. from Indiana University, Ph.D. from Notre Dame, in my 12th year teaching undergraduate medical students. Live with wife of 39 years on a an alpaca/llama farm in Oglethorpe County. Enjoy caring for our own and fostering rescued camelids, working with fiber, painting, woodcarving, and stone sculpting in free time.


  • Ph.D., Biology/Biological Sciences, General University of Notre Dame, 2003

  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, General Indiana University - South Ben, 1998

Awards & Honors

  • First Prize, paper presentation Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association meeting, 2017

  • Five year service award Augusta University, 2015

  • Medical College of Georgia Education Innovation Institute (EII) Fellowship, Educational Research Track Educational Innovation Institute, Augusta University, 2015

  • APS Comparative Section Young Investigator Award American Physiological Society, 2004

  • Honorable Mention, Scholander Award American Physiological Society, 2001

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • MEDI 5156

    Mod 2: Musculoskeletal
  • MEDI 5161

    Mod 3: Brain & Behavior
  • MEDI 5151

    Module 1: Fundamentals
  • MEDI 5168

    Mod 4: Cardiopulmonary/Renal
  • MEDI 5179

    Mod 5: GI/Endo/Repro

Teaching Interests

Enjoy facilitating small groups, also large group presentations in Musculoskeletal, Renal Cardiopulmonary, Gastroenterology, and Endocrinology modules. Also host veterinary students interested in camelid medicine for annual hands-on procedure day.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Partnering to Improve Selection of Resources by Medical Students for Case- Based Small Group Learning: A Collaboration between Librarians and Medical Educators, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Stone sculpture titled Rural Legend, 2017
    Art - Exhibition, One-Person
  • Stone sculpture dog and cat, 2017
    Art - Exhibition, One-Person
  • Effects of hypoxia on vertebrate blood vessels, 2008
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Hydrogen sulfide as an oxygen sensor/transducer in vertebrate hypoxic vasoconstriction and hypoxic vasodilation, 2006
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Research interests include medical education learning strategies and non-invasive methods of cardiac monitoring.

Department Service

  • Assessment Preparation Ad Hoc Committee 2010 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Partnership Expansion Faculty Search Committee 2019 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • Faculty Search Committee 2016 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member
  • Faculty Search Committee 2012 - 2013

    Role: Committee Member
  • Faculty Search Committee 2010 - 2011

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Program Evaluation Committee 2013 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Education Day Planning Committee 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member
  • Education Day Planning Committtee 2017 - 2018

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • SEER Center Membership Committee 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • SGEA 2013 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Conference Paper
  • Advances in Physiology Education 2008 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Journal Article
  • Science Fair judge 2014 - 2014

    Role: Reviewer
  • AAMC Annual Meeting - 2013

    Role: Reviewer, Conference Paper

Public Service

  • Oglethorpe County Board of Commissioners 2019 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Southeast Llama Rescue 2013 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Georgia Equine Rescue League 2012 - Present

    Role: Member