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Russell J. Butterfield, M.D., Ph.D.

Russell J. Butterfield, M.D., Ph.D.

Russell Butterfield, M.D., Ph.D., is a pediatric neurologist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City. He received his Ph.D. in mammalian genetics and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He completed his residency training in pediatric neurology at the University of Utah. He is an assistant professor at the University of Utah in the departments of neurology and pediatrics, which he took on after completing a fellowship in neuromuscular disorders sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dr. Butterfield is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology.

Dr. Butterfield’s clinical interests include all types of neurogenetic and neuromuscular disorders with an emphasis on muscular dystrophies of childhood onset. His research interests are in understanding genetic aspects of these disorders. His current efforts are in characterization of genotype/phenotype relationships and molecular pathogenesis in collagen VI myopathies such as Bethlem myopathy and Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy.

When Dr. Butterfield is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors in the mountains or in his yard where he mostly harvests weeds and rocks.


  • Medical Degree, University of Illinois Medicine
  • Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology Residencies, University of Utah
  • Ph.D., Mammalian Genetics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Immunogenetics
  • Neuromuscular Fellowship, University of Utah
  • Assistant Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Utah
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Special Qualification in Child Neurology)

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