Best Doctors in Dallas

dr Russ BirdwellUnderstanding that the latest advances in technology affect all facets of our lives, Dr. Russ Birdwell has embraced and mastered new technologies in the surgical sciences to expand the treatment options for his patients. By using advanced laparoscopic and robotic techniques, Dr. Birdwell has significantly improved surgical outcomes and reduced recovery times in his patients.

Dr. Birdwell was raised in Garland, Texas, and graduated from South Garland High School. He attended Texas A&M University where he played football under head coach Jackie Sherrill. He was a member of the 12th Man Kick-off Team and a teammate of the 1985, 1986, and 1987 Southwest Conference Championship football teams. After attaining his bachelor degree from TCU he pursued his medical degree at Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency training. During his tenure at Texas Tech, he was influenced by renowned surgeons Dr. G. Tom Shires and Dr. John Griswold.

Since entering private practice in 2001, one of Dr. Birdwell’s highest priorities has been creating a positive experience for patients in his surgical care. He is committed to providing the highest quality and technically advanced surgical interventions in a truly compassionate and caring manner. His reputation for his comforting bedside manner and caring attitude has made him highly regarded for surgical treatment and intervention.

Participating in a challenging and ever-changing medical profession, Dr. Birdwell attests: “One of the most fortunate aspects of my life is that I have found a career I love! I have the opportunity each day to impact the lives of members in our community and further their health.” This attitude along with surgical expertise has propelled Dr. Birdwell to be considered one of the leading surgeons in the North Texas area.

Education & Experience

Undergraduate Education

  • Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
    1985 to 1988
  • Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
    B.S. in Physical Education, May, 1990

Medical Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock TX M.D. degree completed in May 1996

Residency Training

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock TX
    July 1, 1996 to June 30, 2001

Board Certification

  • The American Board of Surgery
    February 2003, Recertified 2011


  • North Dallas Surgical Specialists, P.A.
    July 1, 2001 to Present

Professional Societies

  • Texas Medical Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


  • D Magazine 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019
    “Best Doctors in Dallas”
  • Living Magazine / N Richardson/Murphy Edition “Best Bariatric Surgeon in N Richardson/Murphy” 2019

Community Leadership

  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Medical Staff Quality Council, Vice Chairman 2010 – 2011
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Surgery Department Chairman October 2011 – September 2014
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Medical Executive Committee, Department Chairman October 2011 – September 2014
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Medical Executive Committee, Member at Large 2014 - Present
  • Baylor Garland Wound Care Center, Medical Director 2015 - 2018