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Bruce Spivey

Prof. Dr. Bruce Spivey MD, MS, MEd

Job Title:
Immediate Past President
Medical School:
University of Iowa, College of Medicine
Residency Program:
Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Iowa, University Hospitals, Iowa City, Iowa
San Francisco, United States
Contact Information:
1661 Pine Street, #1212
San Francisco, CA
United States 94109
Phone: (415) 409-8410
Fax: 415-409-8403

Bruce E. Spivey, M.D., M.S., M.E.d., trained as an ophthalmologist and a medical educator, has a wide range of physician and hospital management experience. He has served as a departmental chairman for 16 years, a hospital CEO for 16 years, the CEO of the national specialty society for his specialty for 16 years and the CEO of multi-hospital systems for over 14 years. He is pleased to say several of these positions were held simultaneously. Having held positions in Iowa City, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, he now lives in San Francisco. He is presently President of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Spivey received his bachelor's degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, his M.D. and Master's of Science from the University of Iowa, and a Master's in Medical Education from the University of Illinois. He also served in the Army, including one year as Chief of Ophthalmology of the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. He has been Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Medical School, past Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of California Pacific Medical Center, and past Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Columbia and Cornell Universities.

He has served on many boards of international, national and regional health care organizations and ophthalmologic societies. His past positions include President of the American Board of Medical Specialties; President of the American Ophthalmological Society; President of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; member of the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee, and a member of the Board of the Voluntary Hospitals of America. He is the recipient of over 30 medals and awards in ophthalmology and medicine. Dr. Spivey is the author of over 130 scientific education and management articles and often addresses major meetings in the health care field. He has given over 30 named lectures. Dr. Spivey is a trustee of Coe College, Helen Keller International, and is a (founding) member of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company and of the Board of the Wildflowers Institute. Dr. Spivey also serves on other not-for-profit Boards.

From 1976 through 1991, Dr. Spivey served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, now California Pacific Medical Center. In 1986, he was also CEO of California Healthcare Systems (CHS) in the San Francisco Bay Area which comprised of California Pacific Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula and Marin General Hospitals. CHS has merged with Sutter Health.

From 1992 to 1997 Dr. Spivey was president and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Healthcare Network (NHN). The founding members included Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children's Memorial Medical Center, Evanston Hospital (including Glenbrook Hospital) Corporation and Highland Park Hospital. Swedish Covenant Hospital, Ingalls Health System, Northwest Community Healthcare and Silver Cross Hospital became members, increasing the geographic reach of the Network.

From 1997-2001, Dr. Spivey served as President and CEO of Columbia-Cornell Care, which combined the clinical faculties of Columbia and Cornell medical schools in an entity which contracted for their services and supported the practices of over 1,700 physicians.

From 1976 - 1992, Dr. Spivey served as the Founding Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the "umbrella" national ophthalmic organization providing leadership and continuing education to the ophthalmologic profession.

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