Dr. Rusher is a native of Richmond, VA. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Wake Forest University. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of North Carolina. He also completed his residency training at UNC where he received the UNC Dr. Edward C. Curnen, Jr. award, and the Resident of the Year award from Wake Medical Center. His wife, Mary Nash Rusher, is an attorney in Raleigh, and they have twin sons and a daughter. The Rushers enjoy many outdoor activities, including bicycling, soccer and camping.