Russell Payne, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  He specializes in general neurosurgery, with a focus on treatments for peripheral nerve conditions such as foot drop, brachial plexus injuries, and nerve pain.

Dr. Payne earned his medical degree at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. There, he also completed an enfolded fellowship in peripheral nerve surgery. As part of his general neurosurgery training, he spent a year as a neurosurgery fellow at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Western Australia.

His interests include surgical treatment of entrapment neuropathies, peripheral nerve tumors, and the use of nerve transfers for treatment of brachial plexus injuries.

Dr. Payne joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2019.

He has delivered scores of presentations and lectures, contributed to the seventh edition of Neurological Surgery, and published numerous academic articles.

Dr. Payne is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2016-2016), Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Medical School - Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (2008-2012)
  • Residency - Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2012-2019), Neurological Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Clinical Focus

  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery and Brachial Plexus Reconstruction

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Russell Payne, M.D.

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