Ethan B. Russo, MD


Date of Birth: March 14, 1952
Place of Birth: Plymouth Massachusetts
Citizenship: USA
Married: Kay Frey, R.N., M.N., Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Children: Daughter - Sarah, birthdate June 3, 1985
Son - Colin, birthdate October 1, 1987


Milton Academy 1964-70 High School 1970
Milton, MA

University of Pennsylvania 1970-73 BS Psychology 1973
Philadelphia, PA

University of California 1973-74 Graduate Anatomy
Davis, CA

Faculte libre de Médecine 1974-75 Medicine
Lille, France

University of Massachusetts 1975-78 MD 1978
Worcester, MA


1978-80 - Pediatrics
Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatrics Program, Phoenix, AZ
St. Joseph's Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Maricopa County Hospital
Phoenix Indian Hospital

1980-83 - Neurology/ Child Neurology
University of Washington Neurology Program, Seattle, WA
University of Washington Hospital
Children's Orthopedic Hospital
Harborview Hospital
Seattle Veterans' Hospital
Seattle Public Health Hospital

November-December 1988
"Mini-Fellowship" in Epilepsy with J. Kiffin Penry, MD, Bowman Gray
School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

October-December 1995
Sabbatical studying ethnobotany of the Machiguenga tribe, Parque Nacional
del Manu, Departmento de Madre de Díos, Perú


Washington - 1980 (N.B.M.E. Parts I-III) to date
Montana - 1983 to date


Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology - 1987




Western Montana Clinic, P.C. 1983-present
Department of Neurosciences
515West Front Street
Missoula, MT 59808-7609
Tel.: (406) 721-5600, ext. 7315
Fax: (406) 329-7453


Saint Patrick Hospital, Missoula, MT 59802
Missoula Community Medical Center, Missoula, MT 59801


1988-1994- Clinical Instructor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
1994 to present- Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
1993 to present- Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Montana,
Missoula, MT

Former member - Board of Directors, Big Bear Resources (Service Corporation for the Developmentally Disabled)
Former Member - Board of Directors, Head Start, Missoula, MT
1983-1993 Co-Director, Western Montana Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic
1993 to present- Director, of same
1984 to present - Lecturer, Departments of Pharmacy, Psychology, Sports Medicine, and Physical Therapy, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
1989 - Chairman, Recruiting Committee, Western Montana Clinic
1990 - Expert Witness - Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
1991 - Scientific Advisor - Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc, San Carlos, CA


Russo, EB, "Headache Treatments by Native Peoples of Ecuadorian Amazon: A Preliminary Cross- Disciplinary Assessment", Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 36:192-206, 1992.

Russo, EB, "To Know Them as People", book chapter in Changes of Necessity, Changes of Choice, Mariska, JA & Van den Pol, R (editors), Brookline Books,Cambridge, MA 1993.

Russo, EB, "Ecuador Rain Forest International Headache Project", book chapter in Spirit of Enterprise: The 1993 Rolex Awards, David W. Reed (editor), Buri International, Bern, Switzerland, 1993, pp. 121-123.


Novel: The Last Sorcerer: Echoes of the Rainforest (in edit)

Non-fiction book: An Ocelot for a Pillow: Researching Headaches, Hallucinogens, and Hunting Magic Among the Machiguenga of Manú (in preparation)

Non-fiction book: Jungle Survival, and Rainforest Touring Tips (with Penny King, American Botanical Council, in preparation)


"Reye Syndrome", American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Seattle, WA - March 1983
"Reye Syndrome", Hospital Staff, Whitefish, MT - March 1986
"Neonatal Intraventricular Hemorrhage and Other Vascular Abnormalities", Montana Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, MT - September 1983
"Slow Viruses", Montana Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, MT - September 1983
"Head Injury", Montana Trial Lawyers' Association, Missoula, MT, September 1988
"Head Injury", Montana, Idaho, and Washington Trial Lawyers' Association, Couer d'Alene, Idaho, October 1987
"Head Injury", Montana Head Injury Association, Great Falls, MT, September 1989
"Cerebrovascular Disease", Marcus Daly Hospital, Hamilton, MT - 1988
"Headaches", Community Hospital, Anaconda, MT - 1988
"Headaches", Marcus Daly Hospital, Hamilton, MT - 1988
Numerous medical, pediatric grand rounds, talks to local agencies, support groups, drug-company sponsored seminars, in Missoula and surrounding communities on headaches, serotonin chemistry, ethnobotany, and other topics.
Seminar leader, for International Expeditions, "Pharmacy from the Rainforest", at Explorama Lodge, near Iquitos, Peru, October, 1995. Presentations: "Migraines, Morphine, and the Tropical Medicine Cabinet" and
"Animal Pharmacy" (discussion of toxic tropical animals and pharmaceuticals derived from them)


1973 -Laboratory assistant in Endocrinology for Doctor Dorothy Villee at Harvard Medical School


"Olfactory Discrimination in Migraineurs", with Paul Bach, PhD, Western Montana Clinic, Missoula, MT

Studies on Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, and its use as a migraine prophylactic, with Drs. Keith Parker, Rustem Medora and Chuck Thompson, University of Montana

Serotonin receptor pharmacology studies on approximately 90 species of medicinal plants collected in Parque Nacional del Manú, November-December 1995, with Glenn Shepard, University of California, Berkeley, and the above.


American Academy of Neurology (active)
Child Neurology Society
National Headache Foundation
American Association for the Study of Headache
American Epilepsy Society
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Numerous conservation societies and organizations


Swimming, hiking, fishing, nordic skiing, kayaking, other water sports, classical and folk guitar, organic gardening and fruit culture, Eastern cuisines.

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