Education

  • College: BS in Pharmacy (Magna Cum Laude) St. Johns University, Jamaica NY
  • Medical School: DO, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Fellowship: Rheumatology, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Manhasset, NY
Dr. Melissa LaRusso

Biography

Melissa LaRusso, DO is a board-certified Rheumatologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases with a particular interest in inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Dr. LaRusso sees patients at the ONS offices in Greenwich and Stamford.

Dr. LaRusso graduated from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY, with a BS in Pharmacy (Magna Cum Laude). She earned her doctoral degree of osteopathic medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and practiced her residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY. Dr. LaRusso completed her Rheumatology Fellowship at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, NY.

Dr. LaRusso’s interest in rheumatology began in medical school following a rotation in the specialty.  Using the newest medications approved to treat specific pathways, Dr. LaRusso works with her patients to develop the best treatment plan that can achieve a patient’s lifestyle goals.

Affiliations & Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
American Board of Internal Medicine

Published Research

A Case of Docetaxel Induced Myositis and Review of the Literature

A Case of Docetaxel Induced Myositis and Review of the Literature.  Perel-Winkler A,Belokovskaya,R, LaRusso M, et al.  Case Reports in Rheumatology  2015. Article ID 795242

Management of CAPS with Thrombocytopenia with Plasma Apheresis and Cyclophosphamide

Management of CAPS with Thrombocytopenia with Plasma Apheresis and Cyclophosphamide                                                                                                  Boctor F, Horowitz D, LaRusso M, et al. Journal of Clinical Apheresis 2011 (26): 86-87.

Staphylococcus hominis native mitral valve bacterial endocarditis in a patient with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy

Staphylococcus hominis native mitral valve bacterial endocarditis in a patient with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.  Cunha BA, Esrick MD, LaRusso M. Heart Lung 2007 Sept-Oct: (36)5: 380-382.

Poster Presentations

Performance related neuromuscular injury and treatment in vocational and amateur musician: Results from the Long Island Muscian’s Survey (LIMS)

Marder RL, Ziglar E, Sanders E, LaRusso M, Tseng J. Performance related neuromuscular injury and treatment in vocational and amateur musician: Results from the Long Island Muscian’s Survey (LIMS). Accepted for presentation at the Performing Arts Medicine Association Meeting, July 2012

Erogonomic devices are underutilized in both professional and avocational musicians: a report from the Long Island Musician’s Survey (LIMS) database

Barilla-LaBarca ML, Marder RL, Ziglar E, Sanders E, LaRusso M, Tsang J. Erogonomic devices are underutilized in both professional and avocational musicians: a report from the Long Island Musician’s Survey (LIMS) database. Accepted for presentation at the Performing Arts Medicine Association Meeting, July 2012