Posted by Gary Schwitzer in Uncategorized
He was one of the good guys: doctor, teacher, communicator, comic, husband, father.
Bruce was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Medical Communicators in 2010.
He was a specialist in infectious diseases and medical communications. He was Executive Director and Managing Editor for NBC/GE Healthcare’s The Patient Channel, Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor and Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Courtesy Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine.
Earlier in his career, Bruce was the Senior Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical Editor for ABC News, Chicago, Resident Physician for the weekly health program, HealthWeek on PBS, and hosted Medical Minutes on National Public Radio. He was a member of the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Deputy Chief of the Toxic Shock Syndrome Task Force. He received the CDC’s highest award for epidemic investigation and the U.S. Public Health Service’s Commendation Medal for his part in investigating toxic shock syndrome.
Bruce received his MD from Vanderbilt University and completed postdoctoral fellowships at both Vanderbilt and Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
We convey our sympathies to Bruce’s family.