Dr. Allison specializes in arthroscopic and joint replacement procedures.
Dr. Russell Allison was born in Morrilton, Arkansas, where he worked and lived on a cattle ranch until he was 25. He achieved success as a professional rodeo rider before realizing that he wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon. This decision would change the trajectory of Dr. Allison’s life and lead to a remarkable career that has improved the health of countless patients through minimally invasive knee, hip, and shoulder surgeries. Today, he has been practicing for 17 years and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arkansas Medical Society, and the Pope County Medical Society.
Dr. Allison completed his undergraduate schooling at Arkansas Tech, graduating with honors in 1989. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1993 before enrolling in a UAMS transitional internship in orthopedic surgery. He would go on to complete residency programs at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Tampa, Florida, and Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While training with joint replacement surgeons in Pittsburgh, Dr. Allison treated athletes who played on professional football, baseball, and hockey teams. He returned to Arkansas in 1998 and began his practice in Russellville.
We interviewed Dr. Allison to learn why he chose to start his medical career and what he enjoys most about his role at Arkansas Surgical Hospital. Read on to learn more about an outstanding Arkansas orthopedic surgeon!
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a surgeon?
I was in my mid 20s. I’d had several orthopedic surgeries as a result of rodeo-related injuries—broken ribs, arms, and ankles—and I thought the doctors did the coolest things. I decided to enter college to become an orthopedist, and I never even considered another field.
Q: What procedure do you do most frequently? What is your favorite procedure?
I frequently perform joint replacements on hips, knees, and shoulders, as well as spine surgery. Cervical discectomies are my favorite procedures because patients will wake up already feeling better than when they were put under anesthesia.
Q: How does the physician-owned Arkansas Surgical Hospital differ from corporate-owned facilities?
I’ve been on staff at Arkansas Surgical Hospital ever since the hospital opened but only started operating here about three years ago, when I was in search of a better and more efficient hospital. The doctors at this type hospital are in charge. We have better nurses and techs, our equipment is better, and the rooms are nicer and more inviting. There’s really no comparison.
Q: What would your ideal patients say about you?
I hope my patients would say I treat them with care and compassion—that they can tell I truly care about their problems. I just like watching people get better and being a part of it.
Q: Where can we find you when you aren’t working?
I am passionate about spending time with my family, and I really enjoy being on the farm with my dad, son, and brother. I also like riding my motorcycle or watching the Hogs play anything.
Q: How do you want to be remembered?
As a loving husband and father and a man who truly cared about his patients and fellow workers.
If you need orthopedic surgery in Arkansas, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital at 877-918-7020 to make an appointment with Dr. Allison.