Karen Russell, MD

Hematology Oncology, Internal Medicine, Oncology

Office Locations

TMH Physician Partners - Cancer & Hematology
1775 One Healing Place
2nd Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Russell Karen 2389
Physician Affiliations:


  • Hematology Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology
  • AB Internal Medicine (Hematology)
  • AB Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology)
  • AB Internal Medicine
  • 2002, University of Miami-School of Medicine, Medical School
  • 2005, Naval Medical Center
  • 2009, Duke University Medical Center
  • English

Get to Know the Doctor

What inspired you to become a physician?
My parents and great mentors

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Family time is #1. I have a 4 year old son named Chase who is the apple of my eye and a wonderful husband. I also enjoy church activities, exercise, major league baseball, ACC sports, and reading.

In your opinion, what’s the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship?
Communication and kindness

What do you find most encouraging about the work you do?
I enjoy oncology, and medicine in general, because I love people and I get to know my patients.  It is a medical specialty that still allows you to “be a doctor” and walk with someone on a journey. Even when things are bad with a cancer diagnosis, you can find victories and miracles every day, with people living longer and feeling better than they ever expected.  We celebrate those!

In addition, oncology involves a “village” to take great care of a person, and I love the many disciplines and my colleagues that come together to make that happen.  I think medical oncologists are the quarterbacks of the team to care for a cancer patient, but here in a football town, everyone knows each teammate is vital (especially the kicker!).

Do you have any specific medical interests?
I especially enjoy treating gastrointestinal malignancies and the adolescent/young adult (AYA) population, but I enjoy general hematology and oncology for the variety of people and problems we encounter.  In addition, I am excited to be assisting in the start of the oncology clinical trials program locally at TMH so that our patients can receive cutting edge care close to home.


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